OIL SPILL! by Elaine Landau

OIL SPILL!

Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

The cleanup, finger pointing, litigation and economic recovery are still ongoing, but this overview of the Deepwater Horizon disaster offers a short and coherent account of the spill itself, the well’s eventual capping and, in broad strokes, the immediate environmental impact. Noting that the initial explosion occurred the very night of a ceremony commending the crew’s safety record (but not going into the long tally of construction shortcuts that made that ceremony so disingenuous), Landau provides a linear nonjudgmental account of major events between the April 20 eruption and the announcement of a permanent plug on Sep. 19, 2010. Big color photos add views of the platform burning, ships cleaning up oil slicks, oil-soaked wildlife and damaged coastal areas, along with smaller murky pictures of the failed blowout preventer on the ocean floor and the replacement cap. Additional graphics provide clear views of the technology—the rig itself, a cross-section of the blowout preventer and the relief well in relation to the original well—and a map of the Gulf coastline shows the affected areas. Limited, out of date and entirely based on secondary sources as it is, this still presents younger audiences a slightly more complete picture than Mona Chiang’s Oil Spill Disaster (2000). Includes eco-activities, resource lists and a tally of other major spills. (Nonfiction. 9-11)
Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7613-7485-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Millbrook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2011




MORE BY ELAINE LANDAU

ChildrenPOPCORN! by Elaine Landau
by Elaine Landau
ChildrenOSAMA BIN LADEN by Elaine Landau
by Elaine Landau
ChildrenTHE RIGHT TO DIE by Elaine Landau
by Elaine Landau

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenE IS FOR ENVIRONMENT by Ian James Corlett
by Ian James Corlett
ChildrenTHE BIG GREEN BOOK OF THE BIG BLUE SEA by Helaine Becker
by Helaine Becker
NonfictionTHE SECRET WORLD OF OIL by Ken Silverstein
by Ken Silverstein