From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—These titles are designed for casual browsers and more serious readers alike. The four chapters, introduction, and afterword offer a planned route through these ambitious overviews, while the mini-bites of information keep them friendly. Chapter 3 in Robotics, "Robo-Helpers," shows real-world robots in homes, in factories, underwater, and in outer space. A "Robotic Comparisons" spread of robot and human features ends the chapter. Chapter 2 in Sports, "Dribble, Drive, Hustle," introduces four popular sports—basketball, baseball, hockey, and football—and closes with a photo gallery of less mainstream sports. Each volume features insights from a professional in an "Explorer's Corner"—Sports offers the expertise of sports reporter Shalise Manza Young and Robotics provides knowledge from National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe. These colorful selections are crammed with quality photos, including the dynamic full-spread images on chapter-title and closing pages. An "Interactive Glossary" in each book adds a bit of fun to learning vocabulary words with a quick related multiple-choice question after each definition. VERDICT These resources present accessible fun; both will find eager audiences.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
About the Author
JENNIFER SWANSON is the author of over 14 nonfiction books for children. She specializes in writing about science and technology. Her children's book Body Bugs: Invisible Creatures Lurking Inside You was a 2012 Book of Note with the Pennsylvania Librarian Association. Jennifer has her M.S. Ed in K-8 science, is a middle school science instructor, and lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her family.