Weird Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out

Weird Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out

by Kate Evans
     
 

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One of England’s most talented young comic artists offers up a scathingly funny and carefully researched exploration of climate change, presenting it to readers through the eyes of an idealistic adolescent, a fat cat businessman, and a mad scientist. The book explains the science behind global warming, shows how it is progressing, and says what is being and

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One of England’s most talented young comic artists offers up a scathingly funny and carefully researched exploration of climate change, presenting it to readers through the eyes of an idealistic adolescent, a fat cat businessman, and a mad scientist. The book explains the science behind global warming, shows how it is progressing, and says what is being and not being done to stop the problem. Detailed references, suggestions for further reading, and lists of climate change organizations and websites open up possibilities for future exploration by readers, while the comic book format piques the interest of even the most reluctant.

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VOYA
This resource in graphic novel format covers the controversial, relevant, and important topic of global warming. Information unfolds through the investigation into the science and facts concerning weather as an indicator to the health of the planet. A teenager acts as the investigator by interviewing and questioning a scientist, a corporate businessman, and others. The businessman is the bad-guy character; the scientist provides some facts but is also often confused (as science is often contradicting); and the teenager is full of angst about everything. The explanations of the scientific theory behind the different processes that cause global warming are clear and easily understandable. There is plenty of good research and social commentary here, although the book neglects to mention historical Earth data showing how there are cycles in Earth's temperatures. This book places the blame solely on human "footprints," which is its one negative. The illustrations are nice and quite funny at times, making the information on this hot topic very absorbable to teens. The source notes fully document all the facts presented and can be used for further, more detailed research into global warming. There are links to some fun Web sites that can help teens learn how much of a footprint they are leaving and how they can conserve energy. This helpful book is an essential purchase for libraries that have graphic novel collections, especially those wishing to expand their GN shelves with some high quality, well done nonfiction. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
Children's Literature
This graphic nonfiction book from England rocks with a sense of urgency in both words and pictures. Cartoonist Evans has the facts at hand and presents them boldly in four chapters, detailing causes of the greenhouse effect, the ways that warming accelerates and feeds on itself, what is being done (not enough), and what needs to be done. The list of sources she referred to in researching this book is extensive. Performing throughout are three lively main characters: a concerned teen in a miniskirt, crew cut, and glasses; an energetic, frizzy-haired scientist; and a bloated, money-mad capitalist in a pin-striped suit. Evans deploys her caricatures to deliver the information with authority and humor, painting a frightening picture of the worst that can (and very well may) happen if peoples of the world do not take action now, before we reach the carbon tipping point. The rich nations take most of the blame in this book, as shown in clever graphics of some real politicians and arrogant profiteers. Some solutions proposed (urged by a smiling Mahatma Gandhi) include: eating locally, keeping appliances turned off, eliminating air travel, riding bikes and public transportation, and assigning each person in the world a carbon limit. Obviously, these changes would transform society and require a world movement for implementation. Evans cheers readers on to do just that, reminding them that we are simultaneously the ones who need to be outraged. In short, we are both the engaged scientists who will attack the problems and, unfortunately, the lazy, greedy consumers who compromise the planet. Brilliant! Introduction by George Monbiot. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
The effects of global warming can be difficult to comprehend, and even harder to cope with. In this concise but informational comic, Evans sheds light on the subject through a mix of humor and facts. Readers are presented with the history of global warming, likely outcomes of current pollution patterns, and what can be done if we hope to survive as a species. Cleverly, the narrative unfolds through the voices of three main characters: an outraged young idealist, a scientist fascinated by the challenges of the situation, and a greedy consumer who is only interested in himself. Accessible and entertaining, this book will be adored by science teachers. Students may be a bit confused by heavy referencing of British culture and the metric system, but should be able to get past it. While the black-and-white art is not exceptional, it does a fine job of conveying the importance and complexity of the message. Extensive footnotes, carbon calculators, and a metric conversion chart are included. Important reading for secondary students and adults.
—Dawn RutherfordCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888998415
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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