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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller and crime, fiction and non-fiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.



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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

84. Earthquakes! First Graphics by Renee Gray-Wilburn

Earthquakes! by Renee Gray-Wilburn. Illustrated by Aleksander Sotirovski (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Mar. 18, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, geology
Rating: 3/5


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.