IS IT OVER?
Sandy Brehl, Author
Rebecca S. Hirsch, Illustrator
Pen It! Publications, Fiction, Jul. 6, 2021
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes: Storms, Weather, Fear, Self-esteem, Self-reliance, Family, Parents
Opening: Clouds tower! Waves crash! “DADDY!”
IS IT OVER? celebrates the power of love and storytelling to overcome fear. A prowling, growling thunderstorm sends Risa running to Daddy, begging him to make it stop.
When the storm worsens, Risa asks for a story, but Daddy’s time as a soldier changed his childhood view of storms. Inspired by her stuffed toy elephant, Ivan, Risa summons the courage to find her own story in the storm one that helps them both.
What’s to like about this book:
With hurricanes, tropical storms and tornados already beginning, Sandy Brehl’s book about storms is very timely. It is a quiet book that will help soothe children’s fears about the storms that pop up when they are least expected. I will have to admit I love storms and find her story very creative!
Brehl’s text is very lyrical and is packed with noisy words: RRROAR!…CRRRACK!…KA-BOOM! The story is very visual, which will delight readers. Even Daddy has a moment when his heart races, but he admits to Risa that he loved storms when he was kid, because he saw stories in the storm shapes. But it requires imagination. Risa watches the clouds and suddenly she begins to see her own storm pictures. Such a creative way to help kids through a noisy storm. It is an excellent book to read aloud.
Rebecca S. Hirsch vibrantly illustrates IS IT OVER? with double-page spreads. The words and the illustrations depend upon one another. They show emotion and imagination. Her artwork seamlessly flows with the strength of the storm and is bright and cheery at the end. The entire book is gorgeous and will be a winner with families.
Resources: IS IT OVER? is a resource for families and teachers. But you can also check out Teacher Resources on Brehl’s website. Encourage kids to talk about how storms make them feel. Watching clouds turn into shapes was one of my favorite things to do as a child. Have kids share what they do to help them deal with a storm. Do they play in the puddles when the storms are over?
Sandy Brehl is an award-winning author, member of the Wisconsin chapter of SCBWI, and the Holocaust outreach educator. She is the author of the award-winning Odin’s Promise Trilogy, a middle grade series set in Norway during WW II. Visit here website.
Rebecca S. Hirsch is an illustrator and member of the Wisconsin Chapter of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and daughter in Waukesha, WI. Visit her website.
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*Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.
14 thoughts on “Is It Over? by Sandy Brehl and Rebecca S. Hirsch”
I like storms, too, as long as I’m inside and I don’t need to let any dogs out! But I well remember when my kids were scared of the booming thunder & flashing lightening – I think Is It Over? will be a wonderful resource for many families.
Yes, it is relevant with our changing weather patterns and so many storms. It will be a welcome addition to any family library. Very creative storytelling.
Ooh, Patricia this one sounds enticing. I’ll have to see if my library has it. Thanks!
It was the perfect day for me to publish her book. I am sitting at the computer and out of nowhere thunder started crashing louder than I’ve heard it in years. Must have jumped a foot. And I love storms.
Lots of humans and doggies are afraid of storms. This book sounds like it will help them.
Love and licks,
Yes, it will help a lot of people. I like that the father is a veteran and used to love storms as a kid, but after serving, storms bothered him too. He used to make up stories, which his daughter bravely takes over for both of them.
I’ve also always been fascinated by storms, but know many who don’t share my enthusiasm—both adults and kids. This sounds like a very helpful story to calm the frightful images and worries many do have, Thanks for the background on this one.
Why doesn’t that surprise me — guess we are both curious! It is a very helpful story for kids to help them confront fears of storms in a positive way. Love it!
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This sounds like a lovely story! Honestly, even now I get a bit scared of some of the more intense thunderstorms where I live (we’ve had a few moments of thunder lately that sound like the entire planet exploding or something), and I can imagine that tons of readers will benefit from the ideas in this story. Thanks so much for recommending it!
Yes, the storms we had on Friday were remarkable — hadn’t heard thunder crash so hard and so close in a very long time. Perfect season for this book!
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I love watching storms, as long as they are not too severe. I think this book sounds wonderful.
It is a very timely story in the US with all of our unpredictable storms.
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I’ve been reading of a lot of unpredictable and unprecendented storms in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s not fun for anyone. I hope you are safe where you are.