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Volcano Wakes Up! [Hardcover]

Lisa Westberg Peters , Steve Jenkins

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad for kids of all ages 28 Dec 2010
By ilovekidsbooks - Published on Amazon.com
I do not recommend this book for children at all. It has no story line, and although it does provide facts about volcanoes, it does so in a very confusing and incomprehensible way for children.

The method that Peters' used to convey said information (about volcanoes) was to give five different perspectives about the volcano to the reader. These including the volcano itself, a nearby fern plant, a cricket, the "small black road" going up to the volcano, and the sun/moon. The cricket speaks in "text talk" for example: "Hey, bro, where R U? I know it's early a.m. :-<." Although the reality of modern-day society is that children are, in fact, exposed to such talk at a young age, authors should not encourage this. Furthermore, the conversations between the sun and the moon are in no way understandable... The wording is poetic jargon to kids.

Children's Books are supposed to be fun, easy-to-read, easy-to-understand stories that provide useful and easily-understood information. "Volcano Wakes Up" fits none of these criteria.

My vote: don't buy this book.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid. SKIP IT. 6 Mar 2014
By Navy Mama - Published on Amazon.com
This book does not even deserve one star--it is absolutely horrid. We picked this up from our local library, and the only thing I am thankful for is that I did not waste our money on it. However, it was so bad, I felt the need to come here to write a review to spare others in case they were thinking of purchasing it. Half of this book is "text speak", which is absolutely horrendous for little readers--or any readers, for that matter. We thought this book would be about volcanoes, with facts, some interesting pictures, and a decent story line for us to follow along with our 3.5 year old. My husband got to the second page (where the text speak begins.....examples: "Hey Bro...where R u?"...."C U L8R") and stopped. He refused to read any more to our son, and I certainly don't blame him.

What an awful, awful children's book. The only valuable piece of this book is the very end where facts are just straight up listed about volcanoes---but any Google search could turn up the same thing.

Skip it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid 18 Jan 2014
By Michele Hall - Published on Amazon.com
I can't fathom someone actually getting paid to write this horrible book. The art work is great but the story is horrific. The texting crickets alone make this a 1 star...
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and science poetry 24 April 2010
By Kate Klee - Published on Amazon.com
Like volcanos that create new land, Lisa Peters has created a fun volcano book that combines poetry, visually interesting art, and volcano information. It's tops on my list of volcano books for kids of all ages. I have given this book to a number of budding volcanologists.
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