Quill & Quire Starred ReviewWeather features far more than bruised-looking skies and wild winds, but its comprehensive coverage of conventional weather phenomena and trendy topics such as El Nino will please adults without boring kids.
School Library JournalGr 4-6-Using the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" format of some Web sites (though who asks these questions is not addressed), Wyatt presents some interesting and informative data on a wide variety of topics. Winds, clouds, precipitation, and global warming are among the subjects covered in bites ranging from a sentence or two to several brief paragraphs. Sidebars offer records, statistics, and interesting bits of related trivia. Instructions with clear diagrams are given for making a barometer and a weather vane, as are techniques for capturing a snowflake, measuring raindrops, and checking particulates in the atmosphere. A list of weather extremes and minimalist cloud and snowflake charts complete the work. Colorful graphics provide an eye-catching element, and the Q & A format will appeal to reluctant researchers. For those needing more data, Derek Elsom's detailed Weather Explained (Holt, 1997), Brian Cosgrove's highly visual Weather (Knopf, 1991), or Seymour Simon's attractive Weather (Morrow, 1993) should be considered, but for a quick weather fix, this browsable book may fill a short bill.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviewspaper: 1-55074-815-7 Frequently asked questions about the weather are answered by the author who created Earthlings: Inside and Out (1999). The fussy layout, with four or more colored boxes on each double-page spread, and fanciful illustrations moving in and out of the pages, makes this a quick pick-up for casual browsing, but a difficult read. Wyatt tries to explain hard questions with brief answers. For example, she tackles "Why is it so hot in some places and so cold in others?" in five brief paragraphs, saying: "Whether you freeze or fry depends on a lot of things." She lists how close you are to the equator, and whether you live near a large body of water. On the next page she indicates "mountains can make the weather wetteror drierthan nearby areas." But never clarifies the effect wet and dry have on temperature. She concludes: "So where you live has a lot to do with how hot or coldand how rainy or dryit is." The illustrations by newcomer Share are glossy and often humorous, but they don't support the text. For example, for the question above, he shows a globe with a snow-suited child standing at the Arctic and a penguin with swimming trunks on a recliner near Mexico. A side bar shows a thermometer with a separate question, and the companion page shows red and blue cloud boxers bumping, and a mountain with rain on one side and dry land on the other. Other pages show flying penguins, toilets, tires, and parrots as well as camels in baseball caps. It's goofy, but why? Colorful and clever, but hard to understand. (glossary, cloud chart, extreme weather guide, snow chart, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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