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BOOM! -written by Mary Lyn Ray & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Hyperion Books/Disney, 2013.
"Illustrator Salerno creates a breezy, retro feel reminiscent of classic Curious George illustrations. Broad brush strokes and scratchy textures in a subdued palette convey energy and emotion as the storm approaches." -Kirkus Reviews
Rosie is a small dog, but brave. Well, except when it comes to thunder and lightning... The first rumble and clap of thunder sends her cowering behind the furniture.
above: a cropped view of the cover for BOOM!
left: preliminary character studies developing the look of the main character, Rosie.
above: preliminary SKETCH: little dog Rosie and her owner racing home together.
above: the corresponding completed illustration, which is the opening scene of the story.
above: Rosie is not afraid of having a soapy bath.... but thunder storms completely unnerve him!
above: close up detail of Rosie sleeping peacefully at night... until the storm suddenly arrives.
above: cropped view of a page from the printed book... Rosie cowers under the coffee table at the first rumble of thunder.
above: cropped view of the title page of BOOM! -Rosie looking anxiously out of the window at the darkening sky.
above: end papers pattern for BOOM!