Paper World: Planet Earth by Templar Publishing (text), illustrated by Bombaland

81bjKWTU+JL._AC_UY218_ML3_Paper World: Planet Earth by Templar Publishing (text), illustrated by Bombaland. Big Picture Press, 9781536208542, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

 What did you like about the book? This book is a treat for the senses. It is visually appealing with beautiful detailed graphics in muted Earth tones. It is also a very tactile book with cut-outs, textured pages, and flaps to lift. This book is about the Earth but mostly about characteristics of the Earth that are not always visible including underwater volcanoes, magnetic fields surrounding the Earth, and stalagmites and stalactites deep below the surface. The flaps in the book literally peel away at Earth’s surface to reveal all these wonderful facts. The book is divided into several sections, each highlighting a specific feature–tectonic plates, volcanoes, mountains, glaciers, rivers, caves, deserts, coasts, ocean floor, weather, and storms. An entire page spread is dedicated to each section and this is brimming with illustrations, detailed facts, and several flaps to lift revealing even more illustrations and facts. There are also cut-outs on the pages and one page seamlessly blends into the next–for example, the sun on the mountains is the same sun on the following page about glaciers and the water flowing in a river is the same water flowing in an underground cave. This design technique really shows how one aspect of the Earth is connected to another.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

 To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children older than eight and who are interested in learning more about the Earth. It is very detailed and full of facts and this might get lost on younger children or those not really interested in this topic. It would be a great book for children younger than eight if shared with an adult–maybe showing some of the interesting facts but sliding over those a little too detailed for young audiences. I think almost any child interested in nature and the world around them would enjoy seeing how mountains are made, how rivers begin, important features of the coastline, and what makes a rainbow–especially since Massachusetts has mountains, rivers, coastlines, and even rainbows!

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school  libraries, science classrooms at the elementary level. The flaps might need to be reinforced because they are not the strongest I have seen but the book is well worth the effort.

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction

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

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: October 24, 2019

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