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Kaboom! by Gillian Richardson
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Reviewed by Trevor J. Froates

Gillian Richardson’s text Kaboom! is as explosive and enjoyable as its aptly chosen title suggests. Richardson grabs the reader’s attention from the very first page describing the nature of explosions. The text is filled with interesting facts, dynamic photographs, beautiful artwork and plenty of historical highlights of memorable explosions in the past. Richardson keeps the readers interest and attention with her humorous yet educational writing style.

The text is divided into two “volatile “ sections: explosions in nature and explosions we create. In the explosions in nature section, the reader learns about explosions on earth – such as volcanoes, geysers – and explosions in outer space – such as supernovas and solar flares. In the explosions we create section, the reader learns about destructive explosions – which include gunpowder, dynamite, bombs – and constructive explosions – which include building demolition and internal combustion engines – and finally explosions that are just for fun, including fireworks.

Whether the explosion is natural or man-made, Richardson artfully illuminates the reason and scientific thought behind it. Young readers will be captivated with this engaging title as they learn about the many different kinds and causes of explosions.

Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2010, Vol. 33, No. 1)
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