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A worthy read that will encourage children to ask questions and to take steps to reduce their trash footprint.

“In the natural world, there is no waste. Zero. Zip. Zilch.”

So begins this child-friendly primer (an Australian import) on trash. Beginning with commentary on humankind’s growing waste disposal crisis as a by-product of rapid industrialization and the environmental consequences of excess garbage, Bunting then presents a series of infographics across double-page spreads. A sequence chart shows how waste is produced at almost every stage of “pretty much everything we use, eat, wear, or play with.” A second diagram categorizes various types of household waste, but electronic waste is glaringly absent. A timeline divulges simple yet startling statistics about how long it takes everything from a banana peel to a toothbrush to decompose in a landfill. A process map visualizes four places where our refuse can end up: in a landfill, at a recycling center, in the environment, or in our homes as reused items. Yet more infographics outline how readers can “help wallop waste” through reducing, reusing, recycling, and—a new addition to the familiar catchphrase—renewing. The closing spreads stress the importance of activism and volunteering. The brief text conveys a complex subject in an easy-to-grasp format and manages to offer a comprehensive set of achievable solutions. Although candid about the scope of the problem, the book’s tone is optimistic. Bunting’s illustrations, created using digitally assembled cut-paper shapes, appear against solid backgrounds that resemble colored construction paper and feature children of various races with a range of skin tones.

A worthy read that will encourage children to ask questions and to take steps to reduce their trash footprint. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 15, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0792-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: Dec. 15, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2022

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1001 BEES

Friends of these pollinators will be best served elsewhere.

This book is buzzing with trivia.

Follow a swarm of bees as they leave a beekeeper’s apiary in search of a new home. As the scout bees traverse the fields, readers are provided with a potpourri of facts and statements about bees. The information is scattered—much like the scout bees—and as a result, both the nominal plot and informational content are tissue-thin. There are some interesting facts throughout the book, but many pieces of trivia are too, well trivial, to prove useful. For example, as the bees travel, readers learn that “onion flowers are round and fluffy” and “fennel is a plant that is used in cooking.” Other facts are oversimplified and as a result are not accurate. For example, monofloral honey is defined as “made by bees who visit just one kind of flower” with no acknowledgment of the fact that bees may range widely, and swarm activity is described as a springtime event, when it can also occur in summer and early fall. The information in the book, such as species identification and measurement units, is directed toward British readers. The flat, thin-lined artwork does little to enhance the story, but an “I spy” game challenging readers to find a specific bee throughout is amusing.

Friends of these pollinators will be best served elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 8-10)

Pub Date: May 18, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-500-65265-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2021

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An in-depth and visually pleasing look at one of the most fundamental forces in the universe.

An introduction to gravity.

The book opens with the most iconic demonstration of gravity, an apple falling. Throughout, Herz tackles both huge concepts—how gravity compresses atoms to form stars and how black holes pull all kinds of matter toward them—and more concrete ones: how gravity allows you to jump up and then come back down to the ground. Gravity narrates in spare yet lyrical verse, explaining how it creates planets and compresses atoms and comparing itself to a hug. “My embrace is tight enough that you don’t float like a balloon, but loose enough that you can run and leap and play.” Gravity personifies itself at times: “I am stubborn—the bigger things are, the harder I pull.” Beautiful illustrations depict swirling planets and black holes alongside racially diverse children playing, running, and jumping, all thanks to gravity. Thorough backmatter discusses how Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity and explains Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. While at times Herz’s explanations may be a bit too technical for some readers, burgeoning scientists will be drawn in.

An in-depth and visually pleasing look at one of the most fundamental forces in the universe. (Informational picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 15, 2024

ISBN: 9781668936849

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tilbury House

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2024

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