Children's LiteratureKids who love fireworks, wonder how they work, or dream of lighting off the big, public displays on July 4th will certainly enjoy this book. It is a comprehensive look at the fireworks industryhistory, manufacturing, cultural traditions in many countries, the chemistry and physics involved, and the variety of careers available in the industry. The chapter sequence could be better organized, as chapters seem to jump back and forth between topics a bit, but the writing is clear and the tone is conversational, making it easy for young readers to grasp the content. The book would definitely benefit from more graphic material, particularly some photos of the fireworks manufacturing process and diagrams showing how shells are put together. Still, there is a great deal of interesting information here. Back matter includes an index and a bibliography, suggestions for further reading and related Web sites, as well as an extensive glossary. This book is part of the "Weird Careers in Science" series. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 9 to 13.
Barbara Carroll Roberts