Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating stories, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author includes a box on most pages that includes narration that gives extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selected, and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or as a source for research. What better way to guide readers through the book than using a scientific super hero called Max Axiom. In a matter of seconds, he can change from a 6’1” man to the size of an atom with sunglasses that give him x-ray vision and a special lab coat that permits him to travel through time and space. Except for the super-hero, this is a nonfiction book that gives excellent information about volcanoes. There are four chapters in just 27 pages, and all major facts are well covered. At the end of the book, the author includes two pages of more interesting information. In addition, there is a Glossary, Read More Section, Internet Sites, Bibliography, and Index. I highly recommend this book for children who want to start their own personal libraries, for classroom and school libraries, and for enticing the reluctant reader. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Christopher L. Harbo discovered his love of comic books as an adult when he stumbled on a copy of Stan Sakai's comic "Usagi Yojimbo". Today, Christopher's bookshelves are loaded with comics and graphic novels from around the world. When he's not reading, Christopher enjoys practicing origami, watching Japanese anime, and working in his garden.