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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Release Date: 6/7/2011
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About the Book: Answers to questions kids want to know! An illustrated guide with facts and info in various subject areas, Big Book of How has the answer!
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Working in the children's department of my library again, I'm reminded every day how tweens are very inquisitive! They love non-fiction and I love when that non-fiction is easily accessible to wide audience. That's one of the reasons I think Big Book for How is a book that will be an easy booktalk to tweens.
The subject areas in the book range from animals and science to survival and transportation. The book is arranged with lots of pictures and facts in boxes throughout each page. The various boxes are for different things like factoids, an introduction, and information boxes. This arrangement gives the book a very browsable feel which I love. This is a book you can pick up and read any page and flip to anything that holds your interest. You don't have to worry about reading every page cover to cover. This is a book you can pick up and browse through. I also liked how each subject is color coded, which adds to the browsability-you can flip pages and easily see what subject area your in.
There's a lot of information on each page, but it's broken up into smaller bits of information, so it never feels overwhelming. Each chapter ends with a question that includes a craft or activity-like how to make a survival kit, how to find the sweet spot on a baseball bat, how to find your dominant eye, and how to build a planetarium. The book really does have something for everyone!
I would recommend for libraries looking for good middle grade non-fiction that's browsable and easily accessible, especially for readers who might shy away from non-fiction.
Book Pairings: Pair this with other browsable non-fiction like Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know, One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia, and Cool Stuff and How It Works.
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy sent by publisher for review