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THE DAY THE WORLD EXPLODED by Simon Winchester

THE DAY THE WORLD EXPLODED

The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa

By Simon Winchester (Author) , Dwight Jon Zimmerman (Adaptor)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-123982-3
Publisher: Collins

“… [W]e humans inhabit this planet subject to geological consent, which can be withdrawn, at any time.” Adapted from Winchester’s Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 (2003), this chronicle of the infamous volcanic disaster takes elements from the adult text and renders them child-friendly. The science of volcanic eruptions, the presence of the Dutch (and their East India Company), inventions of the time that kept the world informed, the explosion and its aftermath each get their own sections. A plethora of full-color illustrations, photographs, maps, sidebars and other inserts make for a visual stunner. Zimmerman does what he can to cull information from the original text with mixed results. Much of the book is interesting, but sidebars called “News Briefs” often prove distracting. Though the actual explosion entrances, sometimes the reading bogs down, as in the Invention section of the book. Yet while it may not be the only title on Krakatoa for kids out there, this is still one of the best. (glossary, index, suggested reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)