Tornado Trouble Look Out for Lightning! Sno-vember!

Gr 2—4—These easy chapter books introduce three elementary-aged kids who are extremely (and unrealistically) excited about the weather. After a tornado strikes Circleville Elementary School, Wendy, Jessica, and Dennis form their own weather club and guide the somewhat-clueless adults through lightning strikes, tornadoes, and snowstorms. The premise is far-fetched, and the writing does not help. With the youngsters' unchildlike conversations and jokes, the stories are not particularly entertaining or informative. The only worthwhile features are in the back sections, which include weather myths, experiments, and other facts. The black-and-white cartoons add little.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
Three elementary-schoolers become "Weather Warriors," warning their school about weather dangers and offering ideas for preventing weather disasters. The story lines are forced, and information within them is often too brief or vague. Appended "Did You Know?" facts, weather myths, and experiments are more useful. Mediocre gray-scale pictures illustrate the texts. Review covers these Calico Chapter Books: Wendy's Weather Warriors titles: Hail to the King!, Look Out for Lightning!, Sno-vember!, and Tornado Trouble!.

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