What’s In a Cloud?

Children - Grade K-3rd
42 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2023
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Author Biography

Children’s author William Palumbo knew he loved writing after winning a school poetry contest in the fifth grade. That early seed for storytelling was planted and resulted in his newest children’s picture book release, What’s in a Cloud?, a beautiful rhyming read-aloud about a young girl’s playful imagination.

William’s stories are often inspired by memories such as a frightening thunderstorm he remembers as a young child, with his aunt telling him it was God and Jesus bowling to put him at ease. That memory invoked ideas for what else could happen in a cloud and gave rise to his book. William believes a great book is one with relatable characters. He hopes his young readers come away from his story understanding the importance of imagination and the feeling stays with them long after the book is closed.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, when he isn’t writing dreamy stories for children, William enjoys gaming, reading, and spending time with family where he lives in Kuna, Idaho, with his two pit bull rescues he lovingly calls his “pretty pitties.” What’s in a Cloud? is his debut children’s book

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite

I enjoyed What’s In a Cloud? by William Palumbo so very much, and my compliments to the illustrator, Nate Mayers, as well. His depiction of our little heroine, Aaliyah, caught my attention right away, especially when reading the title of the book. The puff balls of her hair create the impression that, like a cloud, she too can float away at will. In addition, there appears to be an innate buoyancy about her. Her large green eyes are so lively and full of curiosity, and it’s easy to see the sky and the clouds as her limitless playground.

There are probably few of us who have not played the wonderful game of seeing shapes in the clouds. Our little adventurer begins with just such a game as this. Looking skyward and with one hand tucked under her chin in serious contemplation, she does manage to envision some pretty interesting and unusual cloud shapes. But then--in the words of the author--“staring at the clouds so far away, her young mind starts to play.” Thus begins the turning point where her deeper imagination takes over, and you see a game far beyond just seeing shapes in the clouds. I’m not going to spoil this game with too many details. I will say that it is probably one your children might not have played. But it is one that will do so much to help them expand their imaginations and reach within themselves for the wonderful adventures hidden there. My thanks to William Palumbo and What’s In a Cloud? for providing young minds with a new and exciting way to learn and take advantage of the beautiful portals in the sky called clouds.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

What’s In a Cloud? written by William Palumbo with illustrations by Nate Myers is a children’s picture book. Aaliyah loves to spend time on the roof, watching the clouds and imagining the adventures she could have inside them. She imagines parks and castles with dragons, sees superheroes and trees, and so much more, and finally figures out exactly what is in every cloud she sees. Do you know what it is?

What’s In a Cloud? by William Palumbo is a great rhyming children’s picture book with some amazing illustrations by Nate Myers on every page. It’s a fun story that allows children to use their imaginations and let them run riot, and the activity at the back of the book lets them bring out their creative side. Too often these days, kids are left with the TV or electronic devices, and their imaginations are being lost. This is the kind of book that young children everywhere will love because it encourages them to think and helps them visualize things in their minds. It also helps develop their brain power and encourages them to use their eyes and to imagine all sorts of things they might see or do in a cloud. This is a really well-written story suited to its audience, and the rhyming nature makes it flow well and is easier to read and understand, not to mention making it more fun for kids. A thoroughly enjoyable story and highly recommended for all young children at home and in school.

Philip Van Heusen

The main character in What’s in a Cloud? by William Palumbo is Aaliyah who is a little girl with a very big imagination. This is not an introduction to meteorology for children, but instead, it is dedicated to the imagination in all of us. William shares the imaginative ideas that Aaliyah has about what might be inside different clouds. Imagination can take you to places you might never physically go but can explore in your mind. Using one’s imagination can even be more fun than playing with toys. This book will encourage your child to develop their imagination and learn what adventures it can lead to. Clearly, the answer to “What’s in a cloud?” is dreams. Your child will enjoy reading this book and so will you.

William Palumbo knows the vital importance that imagination plays in life and shares it in What’s in a Cloud? This children’s book is wonderfully illustrated by Nate Myers, adding visuals to Aaliyah’s imaginative ideas. William uses rhymes to make reading this story more enjoyable for children. To keep the fun going, William includes a couple of pages at the end of the book for children to draw what their imagination tells them is in a cloud. As a parent, you can use this book to help children understand how much fun using their imaginations can be and to know the difference between imagination (make-believe) and reality. Encourage your children to use their imaginations every day, including in solving problems because sometimes solutions come from imagining the impossible.