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Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases .......... 442

Machines and Technology ..................... 445

Space ....................................... 448

Farm Life and Gardening ..................... 449

Cookery and Nutrition ........................ 449

Life Skills ................................... 451

MEDICINE, HUMAN BODY, AND DISEASES

Abramovitz, Melissa Osteoporosis 111 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0339-5 $33.45

Currie-McGhee, Leanne Exercise Addiction 96 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0551-1 $33.45

Wyborny, Sheila Tourette Syndrome 104 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0280-0 $33.45

(4) YA Diseases & Disorders series. Published fall 2010. One common foreword and short introductions specific to each topic precede chapters defining the title condition, diagnosis, treatment, and current research. The writing, though dull, is straightforward. References to celebrity sufferers (though not up-to-the-minute) are meant to engage readers. Largely generic stock photos are included. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Avison, Brigid I Wonder Why I Sleep: And Other Questions About My Body 32 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan ISBN 978-0-7534-6556-1 $15.99 PE ISBN 978-0-7534-6525-7 $6.99

(4) K-3 Reissue (1993). I Wonder Why series. Simple text in question-and-answer format presents an introduction to the human body, from muscles and bones to organs and reproduction. The facts are entirely random and light on real science but they could stimulate curiosity about the topic. The many illustrations on busy pages include a combination of realistic-looking drawings and humorous cartoons. Ind. TLD

Barraclough, Sue I Know Someone with Autism 32 pp. Heinemann LE ISBN 978-1-4329-4563-3 $26.00

Barraclough, Sue I Know Someone with Cancer 32 pp. Heinemann LE ISBN 978-1-4329-4564-0 $26.00

(4) K-3 Understanding Health Issues series. Each volume's double-page spreads emphasize personal understanding and support for cancer patients or autism sufferers while explaining scientific basics in very simple language. Concluding pages highlight two famous people living with the conditions and debunk or confirm common beliefs. Color photos are relentlessly upbeat; their captions add little, simply repeating the main texts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Basher: Human Body: A Book with Guts! 128 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan ISBN 978-0-7534-6628-5 $14.99 PE ISBN 978-0-7534-6501-1 $8.99

(4) 4-6 Created by Simon Basher. Written by Dan Green. Basher Science series. Section titles such as "Musculoskeletal Meatheads" and "Nervous Numskulls" demonstrate the tone of this breezy tittle book. From cells to organs and body systems, the pun-heavy text superficially touches on a wide variety of body-centric topics; facing pages include manga-type illustrations in lollipop colors. Most sections begin and end with three buileted facts. The important connections between organs and systems go unexplained. Glos., ind. GBH

Bjornlund, Lydia Personality Disorders 96 pp. ReferencePoint LE ISBN 978-1-60152-139-2 $26.95

Cozic, Charles Herpes 96 pp. ReferencePoint LE ISBN 978-1-60152-117-0 $26.95

Parks, Peggy J. Anxiety Disorders 96 pp. ReferencePoint LE ISBN 978-1-60152-137-8 $26.95

Parks, Peggy J. Brain Tumors 96 pp. ReferencePoint LE ISBN 978-1-60152-138-5 $26.95

Parks, Peggy J. Schizophrenia 96 pp. ReferencePoint LE ISBN 978-1-60152-140-8 $26.95

(5) YA Compact Research series. In each volume, a twopage "At a Glance" section and a longer "Overview" section introduce four essays describing the title disease/disorder, its causes, risks/problems, and treatment or prevention. Each essay is followed by quotations from primary and secondary sources and a bulleted list of facts, charts, and graphs. The quotes lack context, making it difficult to judge validity or bias. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind. GBH

Burgan, Michael Developing Flu Vaccines 56 pp. Raintree/Freestyle Express LE ISBN 978-1-4109-3993-7 $33.50

(4) 4-6 Science Missions series. In this book aimed at reluctant readers, short sections describe viruses and vaccines in general before looking at the unique challenges of developing a flu vaccine. While the language is accessible, the technical and scientific details are rather vague. Plentiful pictures, diagrams, and personal stories add some interest. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Cunningham, Kevin The Bubonic Plague 112 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-762-3 $34.22

(4) YA Essential Events series. This book traces the deadly disease from the Justinian Plague (542-544 CE) through the European (1360s) and Chinese plagues (1855) to twentiethcentury outbreaks. The search for the cause, spread, and methods of dealing with the pestilence are presented, along with key figures involved. Drawings, maps, and sidebars extend the readable narrative but crowd the pages. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind. LBC

de la Bédoyère, Camilla Human Body 48 pp. Mason Crest le ISBN 978-1-4222-1830-3 $19.95 PE ISBN 978-1-4222-2068-9 $8.95

(5) 4-6 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Ripley Twists series. Published fall 2010. Eye-punishingly busy spreads, including a random "twist it!" feature that requlles readers to turn the book upside down, attempt to communicate facts about the human body and body systems. Pun-heavy captions and "Big Word Alert!" glossary entries plopped on the pages seem intended to downplay the subject's educational aspect. Still, reluctant readers may glean some information. Ind. ERG

Denshire, Jayne Exercise 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-547-2 $28.50

Denshire, Jayne Hygiene 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-548-9 $28.50

Denshire, Jayne Rest and Sleep 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-550-2 $28.50

Denshire, Jayne Safety 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-551-9 $28.50

Denshire, Jayne Well-Being 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-552-6 $28.50

(4) K-3 Healthy Habits series. This series addresses aspects of healthy tiving, including the importance of routine-building. Each volume instructs readers on how to develop good habits surrounding the title topic. The texts, accessible but bland, are delivered in short paragraphs and supported by large stock photos of smiting kids. "Healthy Habits CheckHsts," easy-to-follow activities, and "Amazing Facts" pages extend the texts. Glos., ind. LB

Friedman, Lauri S., Editor Stem Cell Research 126 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7377-5025-6 $31.80

(4) YA Writing the Critical Essay series. This volume presents previously published articles arguing different viewpoints about stem cells; subjects include efficacy for disease-curing, moratity of use, and cloning. Three content questions precede each piece, and two surface-level analysis questions follow. The book then provides model essays for students, with sidebar comments (some helpful), explaining the writing process. Staged stock photographs and charts of varying usefulness illustrate the text. Websites. Bib., ind. ERG

Hardman, Lizabeth Influenza Pandemics 104 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0349-4 $33.45

Nardo, Don The Black Death 96 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0348-7 $33.45

(4) YA World History series. In these series entries, archival photographs or artwork reproductions and maps combine with dense texts to present thorough histories of the influenza virus and bubonic plague, including their past and present impacts on society. Sidebars with primarysource tidbits, along with explanations of scientific discoveries and advancements, provide additional information. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. TLD

Henningfeld, Diane Andrews Health and Disease 136 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7377-4858-1 $37.10

(3) YA Confronting Global Warming series. Published fall 2010. This useful volume thoroughly explains current scientific thinking about the potential impact of global warming on human health. Topics include degradation of air quality, increase in natural disasters, food safety and availability, and spread of infectious diseases. Possible means to counter each threat are also examined. Color photographs and diagrams are included. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. DJF

Kamberg, Mary-Lane Sports Concussions 64 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1289-9 $29.25

Lew, Kristi Food Poisoning: e. e oli and the Food Supply 64 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1293-6 $29.25

Tasian, Sarah Swine Flu 64 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1292-9 $29.25

(3) YA Headlines! series. These useful hi-lo volumes address timely topics in medicine. The texts explain causes of the title conditions, occurrences, treatments, and current best practices, along with governmental action, both in the U.S. and internationally. Good organization, clear writing, captioned photos (e.g., President Obama getting an HlNl flu shot), and sidebars deliver the information cleanly. The bibliographies (mostly websites) are up-to-date. Reading list. Glos., ind. FFB

Langwith, Jacqueline, Editor Cerebral Palsy 142 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7377-4998-4 $37.10

Langwith, Jacqueline, Editor Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 131 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7337-4999-1 $37.10 Published fall 2010.

Langwith, Jacqueline, Editor Lung Cancer 130 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7377-5002-7 $37.10

(5) YA Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series. Each book includes three sections: "Understanding," "Controversies," and "Personal Experiences." The sections contain previously published essays and articles, often with conflicting perspectives that are difficult to assess without medical background (e.g., "There Is No Safe Amount of Drinking for Pregnant Women" vs. "Small Amounts of Alcohol Are Probably Safe for Pregnant Women"). Photographs, charts, and graphs are included. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Moragne, Wendy Depression 128 pp. Twenty-First Century le ISBN 978-0-7613-5882-4 $34.60

Rodriguez, Ana Maria Autism Spectrum Disorders 128 pp. Twenty-First Century le ISBN 978-0-7613-5883-1 $34.60

Sonenklar, Carol AIDS 128 pp. Twenty-First Century le ISBN 978-0-8225-8581-7 $34.60

(4) YA USA Today Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders series. In each volume, six or seven chapters cover the basics of each illness or disorder: definition, symptoms, treatment, and research. The scientific writing is serviceable; personal stories plus articles, interviews, graphs, and other archival material from USA Today provide real-life context. Accompanying photos are generic, but the photo-micrographs are clear and specific. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. GBH

Nicolson, Cynthia Pratt Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do 40 pp. Kids Can ISBN 978-1-55453-569-9 $16.95

(3) 4-6 Illustrated by Dianne Eastman. Nicolson asks and answers twenty-three questions (e.g., "Why do your eyes face forward?" "Why do you love pets?"), exploring human quirks such as hiccupping, yawning, farting, vomiting, laughing, and crying. A brief scenario engages readers and focuses each explanation. Computer-generated illustrations, often combining human and animal features (e.g., a girl with a bunny-rabbit head), reflect the volume's humor and subtly underscore evolutionary science. Glos., ind. GBH

Parker, Steve Circulatory System 32 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-328-1 $28.50

Parker, Steve Digestive and Reproductive Systems 32 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-329-8 $28.50

Parker, Steve Muscular and Skeletal Systems 32 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-330-4 $28.50

Parker, Steve Nervous System 32 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-327-4 $28.50

(5) YA Inside the Human Body series. Parker's texts offer information on body systems, but the accompanying visuals have problems. The same diagrams and sidebars are used across volumes, not always logically (e.g., a trachea diagram accompanies a spread on the stomach; a blurb about asthma is included in Nervous and Circulatory - which also covers the respiratory system despite its title). Many graphics are not labeled, merely decorative, or too small. Glos., ind. GBH

Parker, Steve How Do My Muscles Get Strong?: Muscles and Exercise 32 pp. Raintree LE ISBN 978-1-4109-4017-9 $29.00

Thomas, Isabel Why Do I Burp?: Digestion and Diet 32 pp. Raintree LE ISBN 978-1-4109-4014-8 $29.00

(3) 4-6 Inside My Body series. Double-page spreads begin with questions related to the human muscular or digestive system. The answers, in the form of short paragraphs, bulleted lists, labeled diagrams and schematics, charts, and captioned photos, pack a surprising amount of information into relatively uncluttered pages. A final spread reiterates major points. Sidebars debunk common misconceptions, give practical advice, and add quirky facts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Royston, Angela Bones and Muscles 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-263-7 $28.50

Royston, Angela Senses 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-267-5 $28.50

Royston, Angela Teeth and Hair 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-268-2 $28.50

Solway, Andrew Food and Digestion 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-264-4 $28.50

Solway, Andrew Growing 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-265-1 $28.50

Solway, Andrew Heart and Lungs 32 pp. Sea to Sea LE ISBN 978-1-59771-266-8 $28.50

(4) 4-6 Your Body Inside and Out series. This series provides very basic information about human bodies, anatomy, and grooming (the latter most especially in Teeth). Heavlly ulustrated with photographs and drawings (some are repeated across volumes), the spreads feature short paragraphs of uneven text, captions, fact boxes, and "Try This!" activities (e.g., flexing muscles, inhaling deeply). Websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth Dentist's Tools 24 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-578-2 $25.65

Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth Doctor's Tools 24 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-579-9 $25.65

(4) K-3 Super SandCastle: Professional Tools series. SaIzmann provides details about common medical and dental tools; explanations of their uses may help array the fears of children on their way to a visit. "Fast Facts" enhance the scant main texts. The many photographs of smiting patients, in addition to labeled pictures of the tools, contribute to the reassuring tone. Matching games and short quizzes are appended. Glos, BB

Szpirglas, Jeff You Just Can't Help It!: Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior 64 pp. Maple Tree ISBN 978-1-926818-07-8 $22.95 PE ISBN 978-1-926818-08-5 $10.95

(4) 4-6 Four chapters cover human senses, emotions, communication, and relationships. The frenetic double-page spreads are ftiled with facts (some scientific, others less so), computer-manipulated photos, optical illusions, and comicstyle step-by-step descriptions of "Cool Study" experiments (e.g., "Love Those Diapers," "What's a Yawn Say?"). Despite the over-the-top format, there are some interesting tidbits to be gleaned. Ind. GBH

Tieck, Sarah Circulatory System 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-497-6 $27.07

Tieck, Sarah Digestive System 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-498-3 $27.07

Tieck, Sarah Muscular System 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-499-0 $27.07

Tieck, Sarah Nervous System 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61613-500-3 $27.07

(3) K-3 Buddy Books: Body Systems series. Double-page spreads describe the workings of the title body systems, usually with simple text on left-hand pages and large, colorful photographs or diagrams on the right. The texts touch on common disorders (e.g., high blood pressure in Circulatory) and healthy practices. "Brain Food" spreads pose three questions and provide answers. Ample white space, engaging images, and "Word of Mouth" sidebars are readerfriendly. Glos., ind. GBH

Turner, Tracey Dreadful Fates: What a Shocking Way to Go! 109 pp. Kids Can ISBN 978-1-55453-644-3 $14.95

(4) 4-6 illustrated by Sally Kindberg. In this often gruesome collection, brief descriptions of unusual deaths are collected into thematic chapters ("Dying of Laughter," "Fatal Food," "tionic Fates"). Famous, not famous, and infamous people from the distant past and recent history commingle. Cartoon illustrations add a touch of humor. Not much substance but fun for browsing. Ind. BLM

MACHINES AND TECHNOLOGY

Bodden, Valerie Ambulances 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-004-2 $24.25

Bodden, Valerie Fire Trucks 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-006-6 $24.25

Bodden, Valerie Helicopters 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-005-9 $24.25

Bodden, Valerie Rescue Boats 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-007-3 $24.25

(4) K-3 Rescue Vehicles series. This series briefly explores the history and function of rescue vehicles. The texts describe the vehicles' most basic features and what it takes to operate them. Eye-catching photos (some mismatched, tike an unexplained heticopter in Rescue Boats) could use more detaüed captions; basic diagrams with parts labeled would also have been helpful. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. BTK

Bodden, Valerie Levers 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-009-7 $16.95

Bodden, Valerie Pulleys 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-010-3 $16.95

Bodden, Valerie Screws 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-011-0 $16.95

Bodden, Valerie Wheels & Axles 24 pp. Creative Education LE ISBN 978-1-60818-013-4 $16.95

(5) K-3 Simple Machines series. Each volume introduces a category of simple machines, providing a basic definition and relevant terminology. Without mentioning or illustrating the concept of force, however, the explanations are limited. Many of the numerous color photographs present artistic images of each item rather than illustrating the interiors or actual parts that define the machines. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. DJF

Brasch, Nicolas Amazing Built Structures 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-565-6 $28.50

Brasch, Nicolas Everyday Appliances 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-566-3 $28.50

Brasch, Nicolas The Internet 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-567-0 $28.50

Brasch, Nicolas Machines of Speed and Flight 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-568-7 $28.50

Brasch, Nicolas Robots and Artificial Intelligence 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-569-4 $28.50

Brasch, Nicolas Sports and Sporting Equipment 32 pp. Smart Apple LE ISBN 978-1-59920-570-0 $28.50

(4) 4-6 Technology Behind series. Surveying a wide range of technologies, from a simple screw to Web 3.0, this series skims the history and functions of various "devices" (a word defined repeatedly in each book). One invention is featured per each double-page spread, including brief historical background, photographs, and diagrams that explain how the device works. "Word Watch" and "Web Watch" sidebars appear on most spreads. Ind. PMC

Coleman, Miriam Earth-Friendly Transportation 32 pp. Rosen/PowerKids LE ISBN 978-1-4488-2590-5 $23.95

Gosman, Gillian Earth-Friendly Energy 32 pp. Rosen/PowerKids LE ISBN 978-1-4488-2587-5 $23.95

(4) 4-6 How to Be Earth Friendly series. Energy focuses on the positives and negatives of various types of alternative energies - solar, wind, and hydroelectric, to name a few - while Transportation emphasizes hybrid cars, public transportation, and cycling as greener alternatives to driving gasoline-fueled automobiles. The information that's there is useful but it's also incomplete. Pertinent, well-captioned images appear alongside less relevant stock photos. Glos., ind. SJW

Firestone, Mary Nintendo: The Company and Its Founders 111 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-809-5 $23.95

Freese, Susan M. Craigslist: The Company and Its Founder 111 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-806-4 $23.95

Gitlin, Martin eBay: The Company and Its Founder 111 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-807-1 $23.95

Hamen, Susan E. Google: The Company and Its Founders 111 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-808-8 $23.95

(3) YA Technology Pioneers series. Each book begins with an overview of the title company's main product, then backtracks to provide a well-narrated history of its conception and development. Key figures (e.g., Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Pierre Omidyar of eBay) are profiled in a way that makes clear their creativity, entrepreneurship, and inextricable links to their respective organizations. Useful photographs are included. Timeline. Bib., glos., ind. FFB

Grabowski, John Television 111 pp. Lucent LE ISBN 978-1-4205-0169-8 $33.45

Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Global Positioning Systems 96 pp. Lucent LE ISBN 978-1-4205-0325-8 $33.45

Kallen, Stuart A. iPod and MP3 Players 104 pp. Lucent LE ISBN 978-1-4205-0166-7 $33.45 Published fall 2010.

Kling, Andrew A. Web 2.0 128 pp. Lucent LE ISBN 978-1-4205-0171-1 $33.45

(3) YA Technology 360 series. After brief histories behind their title technologies, these books provide thoughtful discussions of the appeal, markets, risks, and social implications of their subjects; for example, environmental effects of discarded iPods and security concerns with social networking sites. The books seem to be as up-to-date as possible for print. Photos, sidebars, and other visuals, as well as documented quotations, strengthen the presentations. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. FFB

Graham, Ian Mighty Machines 48 pp. Mason Crest LE ISBN 978-1-4222-1831-0 $19.95 PE isbn 978-1-4222-2069-6 $8.95

(5) 4-6 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Ripley Twists series. Published fall 2010. Eye-punishingly busy spreads, including a random "twist it!" feature that requires readers to turn the book upside down, attempt to communicate facts about vehicles and other machines. Pun-heavy captions and "Big Word Alert!" glossary entries plopped on the pages seem intended to downplay the subject's educational aspect. Still, reluctant readers may glean some information. Ind. ERG

Miller, Debra A. Energy Production and Alternative Energy 124 pp. Greenhaven LE ISBN 978-1-7377-5106-2 $37.10

(3) YA Confronting Global Warming series. Published fall 2010. This useful volume introduces the problem of contemporary energy production, considering global consumption rates, diminishing resources, and the effects of energy use on climate change. The text then moves on to profile the pros and cons of various alternative energy sources and technological developments toward more efficient energy use. Color photographs and diagrams illustrate major concepts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. DJF

Parker, Steve Aircraft 40 pp. Mason Crest LE ISBN 978-1-4222-1791-7 $19.95

Parker, Steve Cars, Trucks, and Bikes 40 pp. Mason Crest LE ISBN 978-1-4222-1792-4 $19.95

Parker, Steve Emergency Vehicles 40 pp. Mason Crest LE ISBN 978-1-4222-1793-1 $19.95

Parker, Steve Energy and Power 40 pp. Mason Crest LE ISBN 978-1-4222-1794-8 $19.95

(4) 4-6 Illustrated by Alex Pang. How It Works series. Published fall 2010. Machines, vehicles, and other structures are presented on busy double-page spreads. Captioned photographs and diagrams appear with schematic-type cutaway diagrams of the objects (sometimes hard to interpret due to lack of fine detail and printing across the page gutter). Additional text boxes explain the mechanics of various related items (e.g., tights, propellers, solar cells), engineering concepts, historical facts, and the tike. Glos., ind. DJF

Price, Sean Stewart Cloning Pets 56 pp. Raintree/ Freestyle Express LE ISBN 978-1-4109-3991-3 $33.50 PE ISBN 978-1-4109-3998-2 $9.49

(4) 4-6 Science Missions series. Aimed at reluctant readers, this book explains a high-interest subject in straightforward language. Short sections contain a few paragraphs and numbered and bulleted lists. Plentiful pictures, diagrams, and stories of actual cloned domestic and farm animals add interest. Chapters address myths and cloning portrayals in movies and literature. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. GBH

Ridley, Frances Amazing Motorcycles 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-381-6 $24.25

Ridley, Frances Awesome Supercars 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-384-7 $24.25

Ridley, Frances Emergency Rescue! 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-383-0 $24.25

Ridley, Frances Speedy Jet Planes 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-382-3 $24.25

(4) K-3 My Reading Library: Fantastic Vehicles series. The volumes in this high-interest, low-level series about fast and flashy forms of transportation have just 550 words each. Every spread features bold photos with facts about the title vehicle m large, clean type. Readers at this level are likely to have trouble reading unfamitiar names such as Murciélago or Buell. Glos., ind. LCF

Sandler, Michael Dynamic Drag Racers 24 pp. Bearport LE ISBN 978-1-61772-138-0 $22.61

Sandler, Michael Electrifying Eco -Race Cars 24 pp. Bearport LE ISBN 978-1-61772-137-3 $22.61

Sandler, Michael Hot Hot Rods 24 pp. Bearport LE ISBN 978-1-61772-139-7 $22.61

Sandler, Michael Jet-Powered Speed 24 pp. Bearport LE ISBN 978-1-61772-136-6 $22.61

(4) K-3 Fast Rides series. Sandler provides a brief overview of different types of vehicles from the racing world. Each book includes information about several styles of vehicles within the title category; some volumes also touch on history, statistical information, and principal personatities involved in the sport. The content-lite texts are greatly enhanced by bright, colorful photographs of futuristic-looking vehicles. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind. LBC

Sequeira, Michele, and Michael Westphal Cell Phone Science: What Happens When You Call and Why 174 pp. New Mexico ISBN 978-0-8263-4968-2 $24.95

(3) YA Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers series. In this textbooklike volume, the authors break down cell phones into their component parts to provide detailed, informative explorations of what they're made of (plastic, semiconductors, and batteries) and how they work. Additional text boxes explore the basic underlying concepts and history of the many sciences represented. Helpful illustrations are critical to understanding the explanations. Websites. Glos., ind. DJF

Shields, Amy Planes 32 pp. National LE ISBN 978-1-4263-0713-3 $13.90 PE ISBN 978-1-4263-0712-6 $3.99 Published fall 2010.

Shields, Amy Trains 32 pp. National LE ISBN 978-1-4263-0778-2 $13.90 PE ISBN 978-1-4263-0777-5 $3.99

(4) K-3 National Geographic Readers series. Perky (female) pilot Nk and chipper engineer Gary introduce beginning readers to planes and trains, respectively. The actual information is slight, sometimes to the point of being incomplete. However, simple sentence structures, goofy jokes, and eyecatching photos increase interest and accessibility. Glos, FFB

Singer, Neal Wonders of Nuclear Fusion: Creating an Ultimate Energy Source 120 pp. New Mexico ISBN 978-0-8263-4778-7 $21.95

(3) YA Worlds of Wonder series. Singer's conversational yet scientifically advanced narrative explains nuclear physics and the potential of nuclear fusion as a source of nearly limitless energy. This is a blow-by-blow account of cuttingedge science in the making, with detailed profiles of scientists, their equipment, and their ideas in labs in the U.S. and France. Color photographs and diagrams illustrate the complex concepts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. DJF

SPACE

Bortz, Fred Seven Wonders of Space Technology 80 pp. Twenty-First Century LE ISBN 978-0-7613-5453-6 $33.26

(3) YA Seven Wonders series. In this useful, well-organized volume, Bortz profiles seven major technological advancements in space exploration. Some - such as telescopes and satellites, the International Space Station, and Mars rovers - have already been deployed; the book's "New Horizons" and "Future Technologies" chapters speculate on what might be the next big thing. Photographs illustrate the existing technologies while artists' renderings imagine innovations of the future. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. DJF

Hamilton, S. L. Astronaut Firsts 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-736-4 $27.07

Hamilton, S. L. Exploration 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-737-1 $27.07

Hamilton, S. L. Robots & Rovers 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-738-8 $27.07

Hamilton, S. L. Sky Watch 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-739-5 $27.07

(4) K-3 Xtreme Space series. Straightforward main texts combine with archival and contemporary photographs, diagrams, and sidebars featuring quotes and relevant facts to illustrate the history and discoveries of space exploration. From manned expeditions to the technology and innovations that transmit information back to Earth, this series provides an accessible, if selective, overview for the elementary grades. Glos., ind. TLD

Owen, Ruth Blast Off! 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-380-9 $24.25

(4) K-3 My Reading Library: Wonderful World series. In this high-interest, low-level series entry, vibrant photos do most of the work to introduce children to space exploration. The one-hundred-word text, while intentionally spare, could have provided more narrative continuity; it's all a little random from spread to spread. However, the youngest readers are likely to enjoy learning about space through this colorful and accessible early reader. Glos., ind. LCF

* Scott, Elaine Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw 66 pp. Clarion ISBN 978-0-547-24189-0 $17.99

(2) 4-6 Scott covers the last approved repair mission for the Hubble Telescope (in 2009) as well as highlights of the Hubble-supported science and technology advancements of the past two decades. While the book is filled with amazingly clear, color-enhanced images of planets, stars, etc., Scott also explains the less showy but significant science made possible by the Hubble's instruments. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review 3/11. DJF

Stott, Carole Í Wonder Why Stars Twinkle: And Other Questions About Space 32 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan ISBN 978-0-7534-6551-6 $15.99 PE ISBN 978-0-7534-6520-2 $6.99

(4) K-3 Reissue (1993). I Wonder Why series. Simple text in question-and-answer format presents an introduction to the technologies and theories behind outer space and space exploration, from galaxies and stars to planets and moons. The facts are entirely random and light on real science but they could stimulate curiosity about the topic. The many illustrations on busy pages include a combination of realistic-looking drawings and humorous cartoons. Ind. TLD

Stott, Carole Stars and Planets 32 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan ISBN 978-0-7534-6498-4 $10.99

(4) K-3 Explorers series. In this browsable book, crowded double-page spreads cover the basics about stars, the moon, and planets, along with space travel, living in space, and unmanned spacecraft. The sound-bite information appears in short paragraphs all over the pages; captioned photos and illustrations provide examples related to each topic. Icons intended to link common themes throughout the book (discovery, technology, etc.) can be more confusing than helpful. Ind. SRA

Whittaker, Helen Living and Working in Space 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-571-7 $28.50

Whittaker, Helen Space Missions 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-573-1 $28.50

Whittaker, Helen Space Technology 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-575-5 $28.50

(4) 4-6 Space Frontiers series. With varying success, these books attempt to cover considerable ground, including some difficult concepts, in short bursts of information. Living and Working discusses meals, hygiene, sleeping, etc.; Technology focuses on items including telescopes, spacecraft, and space suits; Missions provides some background and clear statements about each endeavor. Captioned photos, sidebars, charts, and other visuals (with some obvious overlaps) support the texts. Timeline. Glos., ind. FFB

FARM LIFE AND GARDENING

* Butterworth, Chris How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food 32 pp. Candlewick ISBN 978-0-7636-5005-6 $12.99

(2) K-3 ulustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. This appetizing book encourages readers to think about where food comes from "before it was in the store." Taking stock of a typical school lunchbox, Butterworth and Gaggiotti serve up an overview of seven famitiar ingrethents' journeys, shown on well-designed double-page spreads. Butterworth breezlly distills the facts down to their essence while Gaggiotti's retro cartoon illustrations are equally informative and appetite-whetting. Review 3/11. KF

Dicker, Katie Garden 24 pp. Cherrytree le ISBN 978-1-84234-613-6 $24.25

(5) K-3 Sparklers: Out and About series. Photographs of famities in gardens are covered with brightly colored text, simplistic captions, and random speech bubbles. Much of the text is m the form of experiential questions that would requile adult coaching for kids to answer, and some pictures are not labeled. Extensive end notes suggest how to read the book to children and recommend adult-led activities for each page. Ind. MJS

Gosman, Gillian Earth-Friendly Food 32 pp. Rosen/PowerKids le ISBN 978-1-4488-2589-9 $23.95

(4) 4-6 How to Be Earth Friendly series. This book focuses on what it means for produce to be grown or livestock raised in an environmentally friendly manner. Topics include sustainability, pesticide use, and free-range and organic farming. The information that's there is useful, but it's also incomplete. Pertinent, well-captioned images appear alongside less relevant stock photos. "It's a Fact!" sidebars are included. Glos., ind. SJW

Gourley, Robbin First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew 48 pp. Clarion ISBN 978-0-547-48224-8 $16.99

(3) K-3 Gourley's discussion of Michelle Obama's creation of a vegetable garden on the White House lawn is framed by a brief history of other gardens at the White House. Loose-handed watercolor illustrations depict a place that's full of life. A foreword by chef Atice Waters and a series of recipes are included. Reading list, websites, PIH

Hodge, Deborah Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City 32 pp. Kids Can ISBN 978-1-55453-618-4 $16.95

(3) K-3 Photographs by Brian Harris. Reflecting the rising interest in urban farming, this simple text explores the different ways and spaces people find to grow food in cities. Occasional boxed sidebars offer gentle encouragement: "A sunny windowsill is a great place to grow herbs." Well-chosen photos show children enjoying fresh produce in addition to pictures of community-, front-, and backyard gardens - and an eye-catching highrise rooftop beekeeper, BTM

Katz, Jon Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm 32 pp. Holt ISBN 978-0-8050-9219-6 $16.99

(4) K-3 Dogs Rose, Izzy, Frieda, and Lenore (subjects of some of Katz's adult books) each has a job to do at the author's farm. "Job" is loosely (and anthropomorphically) defined; Frieda, for example, seems more of a loose cannon than a "guard," and there's too much artificial suspense built on Lenore's responsibiilty as pack leader. Dog fanciers will love the many attractive photographs, RS

Randall, Ronne Where Food Comes From 24 pp. New Forest le ISBN 978-1-84898-294-9 $24.25

(5) K-3 Science Everywhere! series. Published fall 2010. This book explains how a variety of foods are made: French fries come from potatoes, ketchup from tomatoes, bread from wheat, etc. Bright photos (some oddly cropped) of kids, farmers, and relevant objects along with a few diagrams enirven the pages. The text is unitentionally low-level; however, the superficiality of treatment often raises more questions than it answers. Glos., ind. FFB

COOKERY AND NUTRITION

Beery, Barbara Barbara Beery's Pink Princess Party Cookbook 56 pp. Simon ISBN 978-1-4424-1231-6 $15.99

(4) K-3 Photographs by Zac Williams. "Every Pink Princess knows her way around an enchanted kitchen." In this cavity-inducing collection, Beery provides recipes and craft activities for six types of princess parties ("Snowflake," "Enchanted Pony," etc.). While the recipes may be too high m marshmallow content and "pink candy coating" for some parents' tastes, Beery's creativity can't be denied. Photographic arrangements display the finished products. Ind. SJW

Denshire, Jayne Nutrition 32 pp. Smart Apple le ISBN 978-1-59920-549-6 $28.50

(4) K-3 Healthy Habits series. This volume describes for readers how to make a habit of good nutrition. The text, accessible but bland and detivered in short paragraphs, defines nutrition, discusses what to eat and when, and mentions nutrition problems and experts in the field. A checklist, an easy-to-follow fruit shake recipe, and nutrition facts are also included. Large stock photographs of smiting kids support the text. Glos., ind. LB

Fur gang, Adam Carbonated Beverages: The Incredibly Disgusting Story 48 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1266-0 $26.50

Furgang, Adam Salty and Sugary Snacks: The Incredibly Disgusting Story 48 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1267-7 $26.50

Johanson, Paula Fake Foods: Fried, Fast, and Processed: The Incredibly Disgusting Story 48 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1269-1 $26.50

Watson, Stephanie Mystery Meat: Hot Dogs, Sausages, and Lunch Meats: The Incredibly Disgusting Story 48 pp. Rosen le ISBN 978-1-4488-1268-4 $26.50

(3) 4-6 Incredibly Disgusting Food series. The authors straightforwardly examine junk food ingrethents and discuss their negative health effects on both children and adults. The volumes are useful without being too preachy; there's definitely an agenda here, but there's no arguing with the solid, convincing facts (sensationalized titles and gross photos of rotting teeth - Carbonated - and toes - Salty - aside). Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. BTM

Juettner, Bonnie Diet and Disease 104 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0269-5 $30.85

Mooney, Carla Junk Food Junkies 104 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0271-8 $30.85 Published fall 2010.

Woog, Adam Food Myths and Facts 96 pp. Lucent le ISBN 978-1-4205-0270-1 $30.85

(4) YA Nutrition and Health series. Plenty of valid research studies are cited in this series. Though information that a poor diet can lead to stroke and heart disease may not resonate with teen readers, current trends, such as energy drinks and celebrity endorsements of junk food products, are covered and may spark some interest. Stock photos, useful sidebars, and "Nutrition Fact" trivia support the main texts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. BTM

Lankford, Ronald D., Jr., Editor Junk Food 128 pp. Greenhaven le ISBN 978-0-7377-4954-0 $35.75

(5) YA Issues That Concern You series. Published fall 2010. This volume attempts to delve into the topic of junk food by offering different perspectives on the issue. The text presents excerpts from previously published periodicals of varying repute. They're all supported by facts and figures that supposedly prove the author's argument, making it difficult to judge even the most basic claim (e.g., is junk food really "as addictive as drugs"?). Websites. Bib., ind. ERG

Orme, Helen Healthy Eating 24 pp. New Forest LE ISBN 978-1-84898-289-5 $24.25

(5) K-3 Science Everywhere! series. Published fall 2010. This book answers the question "What's so good about. . ." bread, vegetables, fruit, meat, milk, butter, and water. Bright photos (some oddly cropped) of kids and relevant objects along with a few diagrams enliven the pages. The text, intentionally low-level, is generally accurate; however, the superficiality of treatment often raises more questions than it answers. Glos., ind. FFB

Sayre, April Pulley Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant 32 pp. Simon/Beach Lane ISBN 978-1-4424-2141-7 $14.99

(3) PS Energetic rhymes accompanied by color photos inventory veggies at an indoor farmers' market: "Head for cabbage. / Greens for sale. / Fall for fennel, / Swiss chard, / kale!" The variety and arrangements of good-looking produce will get kids pointing to vegetables they see on trips to the market (next step: eating!). A brief appended note tells more about veggies, BTM

Sheen, Barbara Foods of Chile 64 pp. KidHaven LE ISBN 978-0-7377-5421-6 $28.75

Sheen, Barbara Foods of Cuba 64 pp. KidHaven LE ISBN 978-0-7377-5113-0 $28.75

Sheen, Barbara Foods of Korea 64 pp. KidHaven LE ISBN 978-0-7377-5115-4 $28.75

Sheen, Barbara Foods of Peru 64 pp. KidHaven LE ISBN 978-0-7377-5346-2 $28.75 Published fall 2010.

(3) 4-6 Taste of Culture series. Demonstrating that a nation's cuisine springs from its geography, history, and traditions, these volumes explore the title countries' backgrounds, the availability of fresh ingrethents, and recipes that followed. Meals for special celebrations and snacking habits are also touched on. Culturally specific foods are described alongside some accompanying recipes and photos of people enjoying the dishes. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. PMC

Sohn, Emily, and Diane Bair Food and Nutrition: Eating to Win 48 pp. Norwood LE ISBN 978-1-59953-424-4 $17.95

(5) K-3 iScience Readers series. This leveled science reader packs in a large number of basic, not-well-connected concepts and vocabulary about food and nutrition, including nutrients, vitamins and minerals, meals, and the out-of-date Food Pyramid. An "iScience Puzzle" and "Discover Activity" begin the book, while a few other simple activities and superficial questions are sprinkled throughout (answers are appended). Photographs and diagrams round out the textbooklike presentation. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. DJF

Wagner, Lisa Cool African Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-658-9 $27.07

Wagner, Lisa Cool Chinese and Japanese Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-659-6 $27.07

Wagner, Lisa Cool French Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-660-2 $27.07

Wagner, Lisa Cool Italian Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids 32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-61714-661-9 $27.07

(3) 4-6 Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool World Cooking series. These appealing books provide recipes for children seeking a general idea of a culture's special foods while staying with basic, famitiar ingrethents and simptified preparation routines. Each country is shown on a map and its cuisine characterized briefly before tools, techniques, and safety rules are presented. A pronunciation guide is also included. Bright photographs show the tasty-looking menu items. Glos., ind. PMC

Zimmern, Andrew Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, & Blood Sausage 191 pp. Delacorte ISBN 978-0-385-74003-6 $15.99 LE ISBN 978-0-385-90820-7 $18.99

(3) 4-6 As in his television series, Zimmern takes readers in search of the freshest, tastiest, and most exotic morsels worldwide, whether ordinary-seeming (pork, lobster) or unusual (tarantula, roasted bat). Each chapter deals with a different locale, culture, and local cuisine in a succinct first-person narrative. The book's content may repulse some readers; others will be fascinated. An eight-page color photo insert is included, LBC

LIFE SKILLS

Concord, Juliet I Am Kind 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4868-8 $22.60

Erroll, Mark I Am Honest 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4862-6 $22.60

Goodman, Errol I Am Helpful 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4856-5 $22.60

Hoffman, Mary Ann I Am a Good Citizen 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4850-3 $22.60

Joseph, Kurt Í Am Respectful 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4874-9 $22.60

National, Walt J Am Responsible 24 pp. Gareth LE ISBN 978-1-4339-4879-4 $22.60

(4) K-3 Kids of Character series. This leveled series makes somewhat abstract concepts accessible for early readers. All books follow the same structure: featured trait (kind, responsible, etc.) is first defined in general terms. Subsequent texts, accompanied by generic stock photos, hightight examples of that trait in practice in the neighborhood, at school, and at home, before the books end abruptly. They're not exciting, but they could be useful. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. SRA

Murphy, Stuart J. Camille's Team 32 pp. Charlesbridge ISBN 978-1-58089-458-6 $14.95 PE ISBN 978-1-60734-459-3 $6.95

Murphy, Stuart J. Percy Gets Upset 32 pp. Charlesbridge ISBN 978-1-58089-460-9 $14.95 PE ISBN 978-1-58089-461-6 $6.95

(5) PS Stuart J. Murphy's I See I Learn series. Camille (some sort of horned animal) and her friends compete in sandcastle-building, then realize they should work together (Team). Percy (who looks tike a gtiaffe) is grouchy, but feels better the next day (Upset). The texts, featuring short sentences, are accessible, but the too-obvious messages won't resonate with children outside of therapeutic situations. Pictures aimed at visual learners, including inset panel illustrations, help tell the stories, CJ

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