Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kid Konnection: This Book Stinks!



Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you an interesting book on a very smelly subject -- garbage!

Summary: Get up close and personal with the wonderful world of waste. From composting and recycling, to landfills and dumps, to how creative people are finding new ways to reuse rubbish. It's fun to talk trash when it's jam-packed with infographics, thematic spreads, wow-worthy photos, sidebars, serious stats, and fabulous facts. Also included are quizzes and activities to inspire kids to take action, be proactive, and rethink the things we throw away. -- National Geographic

It's saying a great deal about National Geographic Kids books that I was willing to take a peek at THIS BOOK STINKS: GROSS GARBAGE, ROTTEN RUBBISH, AND THE SCIENCE OF TRASH by Sarah Wassner Flynn. I honestly have never had much interest in trash, but I can't say the same about my son. When he was two years old, he wanted to be a garbage man when he grew up... so I'm guessing he might still be interested in the subject matter.

All joking aside, THIS BOOK STINKS is a pretty cool book and definitely will teach you kids a thing or two about trash. Like all National Geographic books, this one has terrific color photos and so much to look at on each page. I have to admit that National Geographic kids has done it again -- made an educational book fun. I can't believe how much information on trash exists in these 128 pages.

The book truly is about garbage and the opening chapter delves into it. I especially appreciated the trash timeline which is both interesting and scary. THIS BOOK STINKS also teaches kids how much damage we are doing to the earth in the chapter titled Trashing the Earth. There is an interesting quiz included in this chapter which helps kids identity how wasteful they personally are.

The book explores some beneficial options for how to deal with the huge amount of trash on our planet including recycling, composting, and more as well as the future of garbage. I have to say that I had no idea an entire book on trash could exist and also be very interesting! What I love the most about THIS BOOK STINKS is how the information is presented -- it's fun and exciting. The photos are guaranteed to pull kids in and keep them reading; however, the statistics and fun facts about trash in the sidebars, infographics, and themed layouts will give them some valuable tools to understand the impact of garbage on our environment.

THIS BOOK STINKS is a wonderful resource on all things garbage, but it also teaches kids some valuable lessons about a mess that our entire planet needs to address. Highly recommended.

Thanks to the Media Masters for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I thought this book was terrific. I liked the fact that it told kids things they can do to make a difference.

Laura Fabiani said...

We need more books like this that bring awareness to what is happening to our planet. My son would have loved this!

The Book Sage said...

Great title.