Brains On! Presents...Road Trip Earth: Explore Our Awesome Planet, from Core to Shore and So Much More

Little, Brown. Mar. 2022. 160p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316459365.
Gr 3-6–Readers hungry for an in-depth exploration of earth science will find much to enjoy about this book, written by the hosts of the popular BrainsOn! science podcasts for kids. Reminiscent of the hugely successful “Magic School Bus” series, the three adult characters/podcast hosts travel to their destinations in a specially equipped minivan that can travel below the earth’s surface and into the atmosphere. Divided into four parts that cover the earth’s core, ocean life, land, and the atmosphere, each section includes solid information presented via text, cartoonlike illustrations, dialogue bubbles, lists, sidebars, comic panels, photographs, and more. Fun features such as “Mystery Photos.” “Pit Stops,” and “Road Trip Souvenirs” describe unusual places or things, plus there are comparisons of natural phenomena, mini-biographies of different types of earth scientists, and many silly jokes and puns to keep the information lively and fun. Main characters are white; back-up characters are depicted with darker skin. Back matter includes a list of relevant BrainsOn! podcasts, an extensive bibliography, and an index.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for your earth science collection.

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