A couple of weeks ago, Caramel visited the book fair held in his school campus and picked a handful of nonfiction books for himself. Last week he reviewed one of them: Sea Bunnies by Kelly Hargrave. Today he talks about a second book: Hot Lava! Fiery Facts About Volcanoes, written by Alice Fewery and published in 2021. As usual, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, this was the second book you got from the school book fair. Tell us about it. Why did you want to read it?
Caramel: Because I wanted to know more about volcanoes! And of course, the slime!! It comes with slime!
S: I can see that the book combined two things you like: slime and facts!
C: Exactly. I like books full of facts, and this book is full of facts. And I like playing with slime, and this book came with metallic slime.
S: What’s metallic slime?
C: It’s just regular slime but its color is metallic.
S: Hmm, I see. Did you know that you could make magnetic slime?
C: Not until you showed me that page you found. Can we link to it so we can make some of our own some time? We have to!
S: Okay, maybe we can. Here is the link: How to make magnetic slime.
S: Okay, can we get back to the book now?
C: No. Of course, I’m kidding! Yes let us talk about the book.
S: You got me there. Okay, now tell me about the book.
C: It is forty pages full of “fiery” facts about volcanoes. For example, did you k know that when a volcano in the Krakatoa island blew up in 1883, it changed the climate of the whole world? The temperatures fell by 0.72 degrees Fahrenheit all around!
S: No, I had heard of the Krakatoa explosion, but I did not know that its climate effects were so significant. So the book talks about famous volcanic explosions, right?
C: Yes. It has two-page spreads on three other “famous eruptions”: Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii, Italy, which blew up in 79 CE, Mount St. Helens in Washington, USA, which blew up in 1980, and Mount Pelée in Martinique, which blew up in 1902.
S: Did you know about these disasters before, Caramel?
C: I had heard about Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. And I am not sure but I think I might have heard about that one person who survived because he was in a windowless jail cell during the explosion of Mount Pelée. But I did not know about the others.
S: So you learned some things from this book.
C: Yes of course. I also learned a lot about the mechanism of volcanoes and a lot of new words about them. For example, apparently magma is called “magma” under the crust, but when it gets out we call it “lava”. So I knew both were molten rock, but I did not know they were exactly the same thing, just one is inside and one is outside.
S: So the book was “factful”, right?
C: Yes, that would definitely be one of my three words.
S: What other words would you use?
C: Colorful, and maybe slimy. But not in a bad way; I call the book slimy because it comes with slime. Really nice metallic orange color.
S: I understand. So tell me what other facts there are in the book before we wrap up this review and you go back to playing with that cool slime.
C: Okay. Maybe I can read to you some of the section titles.
C: I’ll skip the famous eruptions because I already listed them. Then there are sections titled “What is a volcano?”, “Volcano varieties”, “Why do volcanoes erupt?”, “Life cycle of a volcano”, “Liquid rock”, “Hot water”, “Ash and dust”, “Gas and lightning”, “Weather warning”, “Supervolcanoes”, “Volcanoes in space”, “Living on a volcano”, “Visit a volcano”, “Make your own volcano”. And there is the glossary and an index.
S: Some of those sound really interesting! I’d love to know more about volcanoes in space and making your own volcano.
C: We can try making one at home some day, maybe?
C: And space volcanoes are really neat too. You should read this book Sprinkles.
S: Maybe I will.
C: But I’m not sharing my slime!
S: Hmm, we’ll see about that. Okay, let us wrap this up. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!