Red Planet: Life In Our Deserts and Hot Spots by Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jonathan Woodward

Red Planet: Life In Our Deserts and Hot Spots by Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jonathan Woodward. 360 Degrees, 2021. 9781944530952

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

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? This book offers facts and basic information about the hottest places on Earth, specifically deserts, volcanoes, and hot springs, in an easily readable way. A table of contents and index allow readers to find specific information, though this book seems best designed for browsing. Small blocks of text accompany illustrations on different parts of each page; many illustrations include labels highlighting the different plants and animals included, and maps and diagrams add additional facts. In addition to knowledge about the hottest places on Earth, readers will learn about the animals and plants that live in these areas and the adaptations they have to help them survive. The end of the book includes some information about the warming of the planet and what we as ordinary humans can do to help. The collage-style illustrations fill each page with color and details and add clarity to the book.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be an ideal book for a science teacher to have in their classroom for browsing. I would give it to 1st to 3rd grade readers who like nonfiction factual books about the Earth. It would pair well with Blue Planet and Green Planet, part of the same Colors of the World book series. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians, science teachers

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (500s)

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: August 2, 2021

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