Illustrated by Richard Johnsen
Pub. by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, June 2007.
Brought to life in this delightful story are some of nature's most spectacular phenomena. There are few things more exciting than a monsoon storm, with its dramatic lightning, thunder, wind and cloudbursts.
"Children will see, hear, smell and taste the summer
rains of the desert southwest in Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford's charming
new picture book. They will also hear some local legends about wet
weather and meet some rain-loving desert animals, as well as an engaging
family who waits for and rejoices in the rain." — Susan Lowell,
Author of The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit/La tortuga y la liebre, The Three
Little Javelinas/Los tres pequeñitos jabalíes, and many other stories for children.
Dramatic Lightning, Thunder, Wind and Cloudbursts!
Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Monsoon Day! is a story of how many people anticipate and celebrate the coming of the
monsoon season, which largely defines the North America's spectacular Sonoran Desert. As the story unfolds,
Aaron and his family introduce use to cultural traditions and meteorological wonders, and to the animals and
plants of this region.
Richard Johnsen is an artist living in Sahuarita, AZ, and has been drawing and painting most of his life. He was a bilingual teacher in Tucson Public Schools and often incorporated art in his lesson plans over the years. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and has lived in the Southwest, but also was in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. He has painted in watercolor and acrylics, had one man shows at the University of Arizona, in Albuquerque, NM, and in Green Valley, AZ. He has done a series of watercolors of the remaining Chinese markets in the Tucson area, illustrated a children's book about clouds for an author in California, and the current book, "Hip, Hip. Hooray, It's Monsoon Day!", by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford. Richard continues to illustrate other children's books.