Earthquakes! by Renee Gray-Wilburn. Illustrated by Aleksander Sotirovski (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series
Finished: Mar. 18, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, geology
First sentence: "It's dinnertime. Suddenly the house starts shaking."
Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, text and illustrations explain how earthquakes happen, how their strength is measured, and how to stay safe during one."
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.
Reason for Reading: I enjoy this publisher.
Basic easy reader with detailed information for the minimal text that is provided. Wonderful quality realistic illustrations are delightful and add understanding to the factual text. A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between frames, but since this book's topic is highly scientific there are not many people speaking, therefore very few speech bubbles within the book at all. The detail in this book does go quite in depth, much more so than one would expect for such a short book at this reading level. I've found this to be true of all the non-fiction titles I've read in the "First Graphics" series. The reading level is at the higher end of the given spread (K-3) and this would also be perfect for little ones who are reading ahead of age level.