This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash

128p. charts. diag. index. photos. National Geographic. Mar. 2017. Tr $24.90. ISBN 9781426327315; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781426327308.
Gr 4–7—Dive into one of the most pressing ecological issues facing our planet—trash! This engaging title takes readers through the facts and figures of refuse and recycling: what we throw out, where it goes, and what we can do to lighten our litter load. A focus on our global garbage habits, including trash's impact on everything from oceans to outer space, will open the minds of young ecologists to this hot-button topic. Full-color pages text accompanied by photographs, with many informational spreads featuring eye-catching charts and diagrams. Some readers may find the vibrant neon coloration of some pages overwhelming, but overall the eclectic layout helps to bring a stinky subject to life. With a table of contents, bold headings on each page, and an index, this is a useful resource for researchers. The design, which calls to mind many a records book, also makes this a strong recommendation for recreational reading. The content is enhanced by interviews, intermittent quizzes that reinforce as well as entertain, a word scramble, and an entire section dedicated to how-tos on upcycling, composting, and more. There's even a recipe for sour milk pancakes!
VERDICT A strong purchase for any middle grade nonfiction collection.

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