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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Average

    This informative book by Christine Gibson is very interesting at some parts but other parts left me wanting to throw it away. I do not like Informative books so I may have a slight bias, but the way the information is gave in this book is slightly better than the bullet piont informfation you find in other informative books. On the other hand, the books organization was uninteresting. It would stay on one topic WAY too long. In the end I would have to say that it is an average book. There is a lot of positive parts in this book. One of the parts I really liked about the book is the strange natural disasters that took place. Some of these disasters I have never heard of before. This made the section a lot better for me since I was learning something new. An example is the dust storms. When I learned why dust storms happen, the consiquences of the dust storms, and how to be ready for dust storms that is when I really enjoyed the book. Another reason I enjoyed the book is the way Gibson described the scene to almost put you there. I could imagine in my mind what was happening around me with all 5 senses. This added a great element to the book. This is a positive addition to the book becuase you can think about what it actually felt for the people that were actually there and the fear and terror they must have had. Without these discriptions this book would have degenerated into nothing better than blank pages. Although there were some positives the book the negatives outweighed them, making this a 2 star book. One disadvantage in this book is the information that is stated multiple times. For example, the tornado section would have solid information about a certain event in acertain city. Then, on the next page, the information would practically say the exact same thing just with a different city name. This really annoyed me throughout the book because it felt like a was reading what I had already read. If the author would have changed it up a little bit the book would have been much better. Another reason this book lacked my expectations was because not all the information was given clearly. The information was not consistant throughout the book. On one topic would present it's information by picture descriptions. Then, in the next disaster, it would be stored in the paragraph. I like how all the information was eventually given but finding it was hard. If the information that was gave was all in the same spot it would make the book a lot more organized. Organization is key in an informative book. Overall, the book was average. The information and description was very good(4.5 stars). The organization of the information and the reapeating of descriptions are what made my reasons to give this book 2-2.5 stars. I would suggest that people who want to find out about natural disasters and like informative writing should read this book. If you do not like one or both of those I suggest not reading this book. Thanks for reading! ~JSL

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