Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day by Dylan Dreyer with Alan Katz

Misty the Cloud : A Very Stormy Day

Dylan Dreyer with Alan Katz, Authors

Rosie Butcher, Illustrator

Random House, Fiction, Oct. 12, 2021

Suitable for ages: 3-7

Themes: Clouds, Storms, Weather, Emotions

Opening: Clare stepped into the batter’s box. She looked up and smiled. “Perfect weather for our game! Not a single cloud in the sky”

Publisher’s Synopsis:

When Misty the Cloud wakes up feeling stormy, nothing seems to make her day better! And Misty’s grumbly mood affects everyone when her big emotions cause a thunderstorm to rumble across the sky.

But with help from friends and family, Misty accepts that sometimes she’s just going to be a little stormy—and it will always pass.

Read the first book in a sky-high series about how to deal with good days, bad days, and everything in between!

TODAY Show co-host and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer launches a new picture book series featuring Misty—a little cloud with big feelings! The author combines her extensive weather knowledge with her experience as a mom in this very special social-emotional learning franchise.

Why I like this book:

An adorable book for children about  a little cloud named Misty, who doesn’t quite know how to handle her big emotions when things don’t go her way.  Misty wakes up grumpy, but when her friends Scud, Kelvin and Wispy are too busy to play sky tag, Misty’s mood becomes stormy. Very stormy! She yells and lightening and thunder boom. Her mood ruins Clare’s baseball game. 

A perfect story to encourage kids to talk about and learn better ways to control their emotions when they are unhappy and angry. Through Misty,  they see how emotions can impact other people. And they learn a little bit about the weather. Rosie Butcher’s beautiful illustrations enhance the storyline.  Just look at that cover! Young children will love looking at each illustration.  

Resources: Dylan Dreyer includes Some Weather Facts and Fun at the end. She also includes weather activities at the end. It is also a great way for parents and teachers to talk about dealing with big emotions. Encourage kids to draw a picture of a cloud that depicts their mood and put their name on it.

Dylan Dreyer is a meteorologist for NBC News, a co-host of the 3rd Hour of Today, and the host of Earth Odyssey with Dylan Dreyer. She’s covered hurricanes with 130 mph winds, but she loves a nice breeze when she walks her dog, Bosco. She’s stood out in six-foot snowstorms (which is taller than her!), but she loves to go sledding with her sons, Calvin and Oliver. She’s watched roads turn into rivers during strong thunderstorms, but she loves to splash in puddles. She’s traveled the country (and has been to 49 states!) and the world…she’s even been to the North Pole! She loves the weather and thinks the world is a fascinating place. She lives in New York City with her husband, Brian; their sons, Calvin and Oliver; and their dog, Bosco. Find her on Instagram and Twitter at @DylanDreyerNBC.

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*Reviewed from a library copy.