Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of
By Antonia Banyard and Paula Ayer.
Illus. by Belle Wuthrich.
Apr. 2017. 72p. Annick, $22.95 (9781554518845); paper,
$12.95 (9781554518838). 641.3. Gr. 4–7.
The cover may skew young, but this informative book is written for middle-grade
readers as it relates the history of food production and the agricultural dilemmas associated
with it, using colorful illustrations and plentiful infographics. Beginning with a food
literacy quiz, this recounts the history of food,
traveling from prehistoric hunters to the 1700s
Agricultural Revolution to the 1940s Green
Revolution in developing countries. Reaching modern days, it discusses the prevalence
of fast food and the continual threat of world
hunger. The book shows how food production
affects the land, water, air, climate, economy,
animals, plants, and the people who live there.
Sidebars and infographics illustrate a num-
ber of concepts: the world’s top crops, life on
factory farms, GMOs versus hybrids, the sci-
ence of nutrition, and foods eaten around the
world. Suggestions are given on how to shop
smart by buying food that is produced hu-
manely and sustainably. Including a glossary,
selected sources, further reading, and an index,
it’s chock-full of information, but eye-catch-
ing infographics make reading easy and fun.
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the
Race to Crack the Hurricane Code.
By Amy Cherrix.
Apr. 2017. 80p. illus. HMH, $18.99 (9780544411654);
e-book, $18.99 (9781328694997). 551.55. Gr. 5–8.
Cyclonic storms command awe with their
destructive power and sprawling size, but
there is still much to learn about how they
form. This entry in the acclaimed Scientists
in the Field series takes readers to the NASA
Wallops Flight Facility, where a team of mete-
orologists, physicists, and engineers attempts
to better understand the nature of hurricanes,
both for the sake of scientific knowledge
and for improved storm predictions to keep
people safe. Flanked by tragic accounts of
Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and
the Bhola cyclone, Cherrix relates the 2014
HS3 (Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel)
mission to fly a drone above Tropical Storm
Edouard to collect detailed data about hur-
ricane formation. Hurricane anatomy and
scientific explanations are punctuated by
profiles of HS3 team members, who include
pilots who remotely fly the equipment-laden
Global Hawk drone. Occasionally complex
scientific concepts are relayed too succinctly
and lack clarity, but the team’s mission un-
folds in such a gripping fashion that readers
will be hooked. This book will be particularly
eye-opening to those with an interest in severe
weather. —Julia Smith
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s
By Suzi Eszterhas.
Apr. 2017. 40p. illus. Owlkids, $17.95 (9781771472425).
599.75. Gr. 3–6.
Wildlife photographer Eszterhas, creator of
the Wildlife Rescue series (Sea Otter Rescue,
2016), offers up an account of the time she
spent fostering a baby serval. Eszterhas first
met the young wildcat when she was living
in the Masai Mara wildlife reserve in Kenya.
Lost during a grass fire and too young to survive on his own, the kitten was brought to a
ranger station and later to animal-experienced
Eszterhas, until he could return to the wild.
Eszterhas, who named the kitten Moto after
the Swahili word for fire, documents both life
as photographer in a bush camp and the care
she gave Moto, from brushing his fur with a
toothbrush to teaching him to hunt. Moto
eventually returns to the wild, and Eszterhas
makes it clear that this is a happy ending. Her
many photos of Moto, both as a fluffy-faced
baby and an active, handsome adult, are the
clear scene-stealers, but plenty of interesting
facts on servals are included. More than one
reader will consider following in Eszterhas’
footsteps. —Maggie Reagan
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From the wheel to the first computing
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