BIG HEAD!

A marvelous book about the human brain and head, with spectacular life-size illustrations and see-through pages. Under discussion are the special features of the neck, skull, spinal column, brain, as well as sensory organs of the skull, including eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. The brief text is packed with detail, logically organized around useful and descriptive headings, such as “Balance and Coordination: The Cerebellum” and “Brain Filter: The Reticular Formation.” Appropriate for a book on the brain, there’s plenty to think about on every page, and every part of the brain is illustrated with a full-color, labeled drawing. Clear plastic overlays offering pictures of both the inside and outside of brain sections make this of visual interest to younger readers, while teenagers will find the wry text appealing and informative. The cover painting guarantees that the book will fly off the shelf. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-679-89018-1

Page Count: 44

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998

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HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OUR CHANGING CLIMATE

SCIENTISTS AND KIDS EXPLORE GLOBAL WARMING

This clear, detailed explanation demonstrates that we know about climate change through research by scientists and students at home and in the field—patient observation and investigations that lead to information about Earth’s climate history. Environmentalist Cherry collaborates with photojournalist Braasch to distill the information in the latter’s adult Earth under Fire (2007), adding examples of young people whose participation in citizen science projects through their schools supports the ongoing work of documenting these changes. The topically organized text is informative and accessible, explicit in its message, positive in tone and particularly useful in its broad array of examples and suggestions for student involvement in both inquiry and solutions. Numerous small photographs show children and adults around the world, a wide range of affected wildlife and effects of climate change on the landscape. A lengthy “Resources” section includes both books and a variety of information and action sources with Internet addresses. The scientists whose work is described are listed in a separate index, identified by position. A must for school libraries, and science teachers may want copies of their own. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-58469-103-7

Page Count: 66

Publisher: Dawn Publications

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2008

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ENTERTAINMENT

An installment in the Information Revolution series provides an overview of current and predicted advances in technology as applied to the entertainment field. Oleksy (see above) attempts to cover the latest innovations in television, movies, video games, the Internet, music, sports, and radio. The book is written in the style of an extended newsmagazine article, complete with pull quotes, man-in-the-street comments, and poll results, and is unlikely to attract youthful browsers. Dedicated techies will find little that is new and may be annoyed by inaccuracies, e.g., it has been a long time since 40 megabytes was ``more than the entire storage system of most home computers.'' With a combination of current information that will soon be dated in the fast-moving world of technology and some mild predictions, this seems headed for a short shelf life. (b&w photos, index, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8160-3077-4

Page Count: 118

Publisher: Facts On File

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1995

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