Revolution in Industry

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Gr 3-6

These books seek to win over a tough crowd: reluctant readers with a phobia for history. Providing a jumping-off point for further exploration, these brief, comic-book-size graphic histories should have some appeal to that audience. However, occasionally awkward texts and illustrations hold these titles back. Rarely shifting perspective or zooming in, the large panels often lack visual interest. Movement and expression are subdued, often giving the characters a stiff appearance. Most of the texts are in the form of narrative caption boxes that are attached to panels, limiting the interaction between the words and images. Dialogue, appearing in word bubbles, is spare and used to help clue readers in to characters' emotions. For most collections, these are additional purchases.-Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Part of the "Graphic America" series of graphic nonfiction, this book chronicles advancements in technology that have allowed Americans to move faster and more efficiently. Loosely organized around concepts of "power," the book first starts with people power and animal power and quickly moves to describe some of the early inventions that created breakthroughs in industry, including the steam engine and internal combustion engine. Oddly, the book strays from its original premise of the quest for power about halfway through, by focusing solely on developments in transportation. The invention of the car, airplane, and rocket are described in detail, and there is a short mention of nuclear power. Considering the book's title, it would make more sense if the text focused at least occasionally on some of the myriad inventions that made an enormous impact on industry throughout American history. Also provided are a time line, glossary, and index. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778742166
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Graphic America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,093,493
  • Lexile: GN810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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