Earth Shattering Events: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Cyclones, Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters

Cicada. Apr. 2020. 72p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781908714701.
Gr 2-6–This informational book explores natural disasters with colorful and eye-catching illustrations. Each section of Jacobs’s text explains a specific environmental phenomenon. Beyond basic facts about each disaster, there are details about the worst events recorded. Safety tips are also included. The text is formatted to ensure accessibility across grade and interest levels. The scientific content is serious but does not feel overwhelming or cumbersome. Williams’s style, reminiscent of graphic novels, adds visual flair to the topic. The vibrant images will hold the attention of readers.
VERDICT Dynamic illustrations paired with illuminating text will entice even a reluctant reader to revel in this selection; an excellent addition to any nonfiction library.

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