Hey There, Earth Dweller! Dive Into This World We Call Earth – written by Marc ter Horst, illustrated by Wendy Panders

  Hey There, Earth Dweller! Dive Into This World We Call Earth – written by Marc ter Horst, illustrated by Wendy Panders, translated by Laura Watkinson, Aladdin, 9781582706566, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? This book clearly explains about a huge variety of concepts and fun facts about the Earth. Topics discussed include the solar system as it relates to Earth, Earth’s atmosphere, time zones and seasons, geology and plate tectonics, natural disasters and weather, climates in different regions, climate change, and more. The book is fairly text-heavy, but is broken up into sections that are just a few paragraphs long, making it more manageable for many kids. There are also a number of illustrations (mostly smaller and diagram-style) and some photographs to complement the text. The descriptions are kid-friendly and at times use humor without oversimplifying the ideas. For example, when writing how the Earth rotates at different speeds depending on where on the Earth a person is standing, ter Horst compares it to a bicycle tire, in which the air valve on the outside moves much faster than the axis. I also appreciated the use of footnotes throughout the book, which I find is rare among children’s books, but more prominently shows the importance of citing sources. (All notes are printed at the end of the book.) This book is enjoyable to just sit down to read, and would also be good to open and browse through. 

Anything you did not like about the book. It could have been organized a little better, in my opinion. For example, volcanoes and earthquakes were discussed in detail in two sections, first with geology, and second with natural disasters. Without an index, it could be difficult to find what you are looking for, especially when it may be in a few different places. 

 To whom would you recommend this book? Upper elementary and middle school students who are interested in anything and everything Earth-related. Kids who like the big National Geographic books but are looking for more text (and don’t mind less pictures) would likely enjoy this book. It would also be helpful for reading sections when studying specific science topics, especially for those students who need a more direct comparison or explanation of some abstract topics. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, middle school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (550)

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: July 9, 2019


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