Cyclone Fever by Sally Morgan
Published by Omnibus Books for Scholastic
This book brought back vivid memories of my childhood in the North West. Like Danny, I have experienced preparing for a cyclone, getting all excited and slightly freaked out to only fall asleep for the main event. As Danny learns storms rage for hours.
Through his wily, wise old grandma, we are introduced to the world of preparing for this natural disaster. Gran enlists Danny’s help with an irresistible bribe of one of her chocolate cakes and Danny focuses hard. From Gran, we learn all the procedures in an interesting and moving way for cyclones are in my blood and she is sure a significant storm is on its way.
Danny’s parents don’t remember the devastation of a severe cyclone and are slow to join in. Gran vs. Dad and his duct tape is quite a chuckle.
But it looks like Gran is right and Danny will be doing the dishes for a fortnight as the family emerges outside to the damaged and changed landscape.
The family jumps into action to help the elders who live in a nearby Home. Food, shelter and good will are extended unreservedly in a beautiful community spirit.
Danny doesn’t need cake to entice him to find Grandpa’s missing dog as the old man quietly laments his sister’s death in a previous cyclone long ago.
The book is informative, heartwarming and entertaining with great characters but most importantly, it shows us the spirit of family and community.
Danny is highly identifiable with boys or girls who are new emerging independent readers.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Beth Norling
Title: Cyclone Fever
Publisher: Omnibus Books for Scholastic
Published: June 2015