Grand Canyon – written and illustrated by Jason Chin


 Grand Canyon – written and illustrated by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook Press, (9781596439504), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++

What did you like about the book? A fictional girl and her father take an unforgettable trip from the bottom of the Grand Canyon up through the layers to the top. Along the way, readers encounter four different habitats. Chin reveals plants and animals from the different levels in the page margins and each flyleaf provides additional information and graphics. A clever design feature uses holes in certain pages to signal each of five trips into the past where the conditions that created the different layers of rocks are shown. It’s like reading a whole science unit on fossils and prehistory, but fun. And gorgeous. A breath-taking double foldout shows the grandeur of the view from the top of the canyon looking down. Six pages of additional text and diagrams as well as sources and suggestions for further reading come last.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No. This is a tour de force.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to readers from about fourth grade and up (including adults) to savor, pore over, and return again and again to discover something new each time. Science teachers in elementary and middle school could also use it as a resource to supplement earth science lessons.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 557.91 with books about each states’ geology.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/21/17

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