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Nerd A to Z: Your Reference to Literally Figuratively Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know

National Geographic. Aug. 2019. 176p. bibliog. further reading. photos. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781426334740.
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Gr 3-6–An introduction invites readers to pursue their “nerdy” interests in science, culture, design, geography, history, and technology. Readers are asked, “What kind of nerd are you?” and then shown how to determine the answer. The main text follows an A–Z organization—A is for such things as air capture, artificial intelligence, and axolotl; B is for things like banyan trees, biodiversity, brain-computer interface, and so on. Each of the entries, usually a paragraph long, is coded according to the type of nerdiness it appeals to, ensuring that readers can follow their interests. Some topics such as electric cars, farming, and genetic engineering are given more detailed two-page spreads. The illustrations and format have the extraordinary, interest-grabbing impact expected from Nat Geo. They are colorful, informative, varied, and just a plain delight for browsers—and, of course, for nerds.
VERDICT A treat for visually oriented and information-hungry browsers. A fine mentor text for studying how to effectively present information

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