Author: Gibbons, Gail
A nonfiction primer on all thing volcanoes, including the different types of volcanos, the work of volcanologists, and more.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/21)
School Library Journal (04/01/22)
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Booklist - 12/01/2021 Gibbons' latest STEM-themed picture book introduces young readers to these erupting fissures. Using brief, age-appropriate text, she explains where these vents occur (including discussion of the Ring of Fire) and what causes them to erupt (the movement of tectonic plates). She identifies five types of volcanoes; describes the kinds of damage they cause; clarifies what to do if you encounter an exploding vent; and provides accounts of several famous volcanoes, including Vesuvius and Krakatau. Gibbons' distinctive watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil illustrations dominate, providing a pleasing mix of landscapes, infographic charts and maps, labeled cut-away views, and creatively designed visual sidebars. Additionally, several sizes of text are utilized, allowing readers of various ages and abilities to take in whatever interests them. Readers will particularly be drawn to the red, yellow, orange, white, and gray eruptions depicted on most pages, and will grasp the differences between, for example, shield and cinder cone volcanoes. A page of volcano facts brings this informative volume to a close. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 Gr 1–2—With incandescent illustrations of the hot topic she's pursuing, the prolific, professional Gibbons gives readers the basics of volcanoes and so much more. The types of volcanoes, their explosions, and their earth-altering abilities are not the most dramatic part of the text. By going back in history, for example, to Pompeii, and discussing the current tourist business surrounding volcanoes, Gibbons makes explicit how humans are both terrified of and fascinated by these deadly convergences of heat and pressure. VERDICT Kids will love the devil in the details, and take away the pure excitement that accompanies this subject.—Kimberly Olson Fakih - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.