Book review: Rocks, by Claudia Martin

Martin, Claudia. Rocks (Discover our World series). Quarto Publishing, 2018. $26.65. ISBN 9781682973974. 24 pages. Ages 7-10. P7 Q7

Have you ever wondered how rocks are formed? The reader will learn about rocks, sand, caves, minerals, metals, gems and fossils. Text boxes with facts are set in photographs showing a visual of the facts, engaging the reader and enlightening them further. The reader can move from chapter to chapter based on their interest, the book does not need to be read straight through. This format makes the book easier for children to read. In the Discover our World series, this book includes an index, table of contents and glossary.

Verdict: For children who are interested in rocks, this book provides many facts and photographs that will broaden their knowledge. I recommend this book for elementary school and public libraries. Teachers and homeschool families will find this book valuable.

November 2018 review by Tami Harris.


Book review: A Chip Off the Old Block, by Jody Jensen Shaffer, illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Shaffer, Jody Jensen. A Chip Off the Old Block. Illustrated by Daniel Miyares. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, 2018. Unpaged.$17.99. ISBN 9780399173882. Ages 4-6. P8Q7

Geological puns abound in this story of a pebble named Rocky who wants to make an impact like his rock star relatives—his Aunt Etna, his Uncle Gibralter, Great-Grandma Half Dome.  Rocky leaves his sedimentary home despite being told that he is too small and travels from California to Arizona, Wyoming to South Dakota.  He finally comes to rest after many adventures in a place just right for him.

Verdict: The cartoonish illustrations combine with rocky puns to make this a pleasantly humorous story.  I can see it being used in storytimes for kindergarten through first grade classes.  Students may not recognize some of the landmarks, giving teachers the chance to introduce  places as well as basic concepts of geology.  Recommended for kindergarten through elementary as well as public library collections.

October 2018 review by Jane Cothron.