|Bridges : engineering masterpieces (Science Comics)
Author: Zettwoch, Dan
Follow Bea, Archie, Trudy, and Spencer as they crisscross the globe using every type of bridge: beam, arch, truss, and suspension. In graphic novel format.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 517658
School Library Journal (09/30/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/30/2022 Gr 4–7—Bea, Archie, Trudy, and Spence are fans of the architecture and engineering of bridges, and together they zip across the globe to visit prominent examples, each allying with a construction technique similar to their names: beam, arch, truss, and suspension. As the physics of each category is explained, the book becomes cumulative, with the reader able to notice how newer bridges use combinations of techniques to distribute force. However, as the gang crisscrosses the planet, the hollowness of the framing narrative is revealed. A fourth-quarter induction of Spence into B.A.T.S. feels groundless, and aside from providing a variety in age, gender, and ethnicity, the characters feel simply like a mnemonic of the types of bridge—which is already present in their team name. They exist to fill out the page while contributing an overstuffed quality to the narration, which is so eager to inform and entertain that the spectacle of the subject matter—the book repeats that bridges should be beautiful as well as functional—never lands under the deluge of captions, jokes, and marginalia. Ultimately, the book wants the reader to use the tools provided to appreciate the bridges one sees in the world, but the aesthetics of the presentation don't inspire the reader with sufficient awe. VERDICT An effective primer on the physics and variety of bridges, but too frenetic and lacking in a sufficient humanist or aesthetic hook to grab many readers unless other volumes in the series are already checked out.—Benjamin Russell - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2023 This informative offering from the reliable Science Comics series introduces Bea, Archie, Trudy, and Spence, members of a bridge fan club called B.A.T.S. The story follows the group as they travel across the globe, offering information about different types of bridges, such as beam, arch, truss, and suspension, along the way. Each member has a favorite type of bridge and gets an entire chapter dedicated to traveling to countries where some of the world's most iconic bridges are located. Librarians are no strangers to this sensational series, which presents factual information in a graphic storytelling format. Bridges brings the same high quality information and sophisticated storytelling to its readers as the rest of the titles in the series. The illustrations do a great job of providing excellent visuals of the stunning bridges throughout the story as well as displaying the facts in a way that is easy to understand. This is an easy pick for any school and public library collection. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.