Children's Literature - Michael ChabinIt is true that kids are fascinated by the morbid, scary, and dangerous side of life. It is also true that the facts mentioned in this book are almost all accurate and that kids may retain more of them in the context of disastrous events. Even so this book and the series it is part of skate uncomfortably close to the edge of poor taste. It is a compilation of terrible events that have some tenuous connection with outer space. Meteor and comet impacts have certainly been disastrous for life on Earth in the past and could in the future. In fact, there is a good deal of Federally funded research on the topic, with a particular emphasis on how to mitigate the risk. All this could serve as a context for lots of interesting science, from evolution to the formation of the moon. But the connection between those impacts and the deaths of every astronaut in history (and a Russian dog) seems artificial at best. The layout is fragmented, using lots of fonts, call-outs, stock photos, and sections of text that are rarely longer than 100 words. Part of the "Disaster Alert" series, which even has a title on terrorism.
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