BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Hurricane by John Rocco

TITLE: Hurricane


PUBLISHER: Little, Brown, and Company, 2021


That night the wind roars and rumbles, 
like the sound of a thousand waves 
pounding the shoreline. 

A young boy’s favorite place in the world is the old, splintery neighborhood dock. At this dock the boy can swim, fish, or watch minnows dart between the rocks. But a hurricane is coming…and its violent winds and rain carry with it anything that can float.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  I am a fan of Caldecott Honoree, John Rocco. I’ve read his previous books, Blizzard and Blackout, so I was looking forward with great anticipation to being able to read this one. Mr. Rocco has a way of explaining the wrath of Mother Nature to young readers without scaring them. Hurricane also shows how the love of one small child for his favorite place in the world can unite a village and spread love far beyond the damage done by one terrible storm. A wonderful addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!


Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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Title:  Blizzard
Author/Illustrator:  John Rocco
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Ages: 4-8


One winter day started to snow,
and it did
At first it as fun.
But four days later, the snowplows
still hadn’t come,
cabin fever as setting in,
and rations were running low.
Someone had to take action.
Will one intrepid boy be able to triumph over a fearsome BLIZZARD?

Why you should read it: 

Author/Illustrator John Rocco has masterfully created a world of snow and ice where one kid can become the neighborhood hero. Detailed artwork takes young readers on a delightful adventure to the local grocery store when a much younger John uses his imagination as an Arctic survivalist to brave the elements as the family’s hot cocoa supply runs low. Does he have what it takes to save his family and the neighborhood from going hungry during the BLIZZARD?

Like-o-meter Rating scale**: 5 out of 5…grab it!

**Rating scale**

 5 out of 5…grab it!

 4 out of 5…think about it.

 3 out of 5…take or leave it.

 2 out of 5…maybe not for you.

 1 out of 5…forget about it!