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Series: Inside...


NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

This slender survey of the observable universe spreads itself a little thin but features plenty of foldouts and dramatic sky art.

The authors set themselves an ambitious goal: general explanations of the Big Bang, along with star birth, death, types, clusters and systems, followed by a look at our closest stellar neighbor. Read full book review >

INSIDE VOLCANOES by Melissa Stewart
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A good starting-place for volcano explorations. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Unidentified explosions on the cover and title page are the hook for this latest entry in the Inside... series. Read full book review >
INSIDE TORNADOES by Mary Kay Carson
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Extreme storms never cease to appeal. Read full book review >

INSIDE HUMAN BODY by Aron Bruhn
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

This survey of body systems tries too hard for a broad audience, mixing paragraphs of lines like, "Without bones we would just be bags of goop," printed in slightly larger type, with brief but specific discussions of osteoblasts, myofibrils, peristalsis and like parts and functions. Read full book review >

INSIDE DINOSAURS by Andra Serlin Abramson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Aimed directly at confirmed young dino-fans, this pleasantly specific overview covers not only the dinosaurs' distinctive physical characteristics (the authors include modern birds in the group) but the work of paleontologists in both field and lab, the types and typical life cycles of what are carefully dubbed "non-avian" dinos within each "clade," the mass extinction of 65,000,000 years ago (properly noted as likely due to several causes, not just an asteroid impact) and how new discoveries have refined theories about wings and feathers. Read full book review >