THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX

THE WACKY HISTORY AND WEIRD SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY FOODS

A week of lunches provides the menu for this exploration of food history and food science—from brown-bag specials to a perfect picnic.

“[E]verything’s interesting if you take the time to learn about it,” says the cooking teacher, who challenges his students to keep a record of their lunches and research their backgrounds. This engaging effort proves his point. Eamer captures readers' attention with a satisfyingly gross account of a pair of Yukon travelers who survived on boiled and roasted sealskin-and–walrus-hide boots. After that, ham sandwiches, macaroni, hot dogs, egg salad, pizza, peanut-butter–and-banana spirals and fried chicken seem comfortingly familiar. The lunches described are usually well-balanced. From each, the author has chosen a selection of ingredients, providing examples of their use in history and offering appropriate science connections. Most topics are covered in a single page, enhanced by humorous, cartoon-styled drawings reminiscent of Quentin Blake, lively layout and plenty of color. “Lunch laughs”—corny jokes—add to the entertainment. The authorial tone is light, but there is a surprising amount of nourishment here. Ten favorite food facts conclude the narrative, but there are also suggestions for further reading, an extensive bibliography and even an index, making this useful for research as well.

Delicious and nutritious. (Nonfiction. 9-15)

Pub Date: May 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-55451-393-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Annick Press

Review Posted Online: March 21, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2012

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A splendid volume for young adventurers.

SURVIVOR KID

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Based on her work with middle-school students, Long offers lessons on how to stay healthy and out of trouble while awaiting rescue, the same lessons taught to adults in her survival classes.

Her matter-of-fact, no-nonsense tone will play well with young readers, and the clear writing style is appropriate to the content. The engaging guide covers everything from building shelters to avoiding pigs and javelinas. With subjects like kissing bugs, scorpions, snow blindness and “How going to the bathroom can attract bears and mountain lions,” the volume invites browsing as much as studying. The information offered is sometimes obvious: “If you find yourself facing an alligator, get away from it”; sometime humorous: Raccoons will “fight with your dog, steal all your food, then climb up a tree and call you bad names in raccoon language”; and sometimes not comforting: “When alligators attack on land, they usually make one grab at you; if they miss, you are usually safe.” But when survival is at stake, the more information the better, especially when leavened with some wit. An excellent bibliography will lead young readers to a host of fascinating websites, and 150 clipart-style line drawings complement the text.

A splendid volume for young adventurers. (index not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: May 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-56976-708-5

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2011

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The photos effectively convey the scope of Harvey’s impact, but while journalistically sound, this informative book doesn’t...

HURRICANE HARVEY

DISASTER IN TEXAS AND BEYOND

The devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey is explained, from the storm’s origin to its ongoing aftermath, in this photo-heavy book.

In retelling the story of how a storm got so big it caused 82 deaths and billions of dollars in damage along the Texas coast, Minneapolis-based author Felix details the science of hurricanes for those unfamiliar and unpacks why this and a series of other hurricanes made for one of the most damaging weather years on record. Although it’s packed with info-boxes, a glossary, tips for safety during a hurricane and helping survivors afterward, a snapshot of five other historic hurricanes, and well-curated photos, it misses an opportunity to convey some of the emotion and pain victims endured and continue to feel. Instead, much of the text feels like a summation of news reports, an efficient attempt to answer the whys of Hurricane Harvey, with only a few direct quotations. Readers learn about Virgil Smith, a Dickinson, Texas, teen who rescued others from floodwaters with an air mattress, but the information is secondhand. The book does answer, clearly and concisely, questions a kid might have about a hurricane, such as what happens to animals at the zoo in such an emergency and how a tropical storm forms in the first place. A portion of the book’s proceeds are to be donated to the Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The photos effectively convey the scope of Harvey’s impact, but while journalistically sound, this informative book doesn’t capture the fear and shock those who lived through the hurricane must have felt. (Nonfiction. 9-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5415-2888-8

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Millbrook/Lerner

Review Posted Online: March 19, 2018

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