Holiday House. Jan. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823445691.
Gr 1-2–With incandescent illustrations of the hot topic she’s pursuing, the prolific, professional Gibbons gives readers the basics of volcanoes and so much more. The types of volcanoes, their explosions, and their earth-altering abilities are not the most dramatic part of the text. By going back in history, for example, to Pompeii, and discussing the current tourist business surrounding volcanoes, Gibbons makes explicit how humans are both terrified of and fascinated by these deadly convergences of heat and pressure.
VERDICT Kids will love the devil in the details, and take away the pure excitement that accompanies this subject.

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