Synopses & Reviews
Playful, kid-friendly poems from five alternating points of view explore the volcanic process and its effect on the surrounding land, flora, and fauna. From the lava crickets to the ferns, everyone has something to say about it! Follow one day--from sunrise to moonrise--on the slopes of a young, about-to-shout volcano.
Science-loving kids will get a kick out of this fun look at an erupting volcano, and the creative poems offer something for everyone.
"Personified features of a Hawaiian landscape speak in verse during a day in the life of a waking volcano, rendered in Jenkins's atmospheric trademark cut-paper collages. The poems shift between the volcano, a pair of crickets, ferns, the sun, and a winding mountain road, and Peters lends sly dimensions to each voice: the volcano is a literal firecracker ('I'm the baby.... but when I wake up, watch out!'), and the crickets' chirps are transmuted into texts ('Hey, bro, I M way back in the cave. I was ZZZZZZ hard, but that nasty smll woke me up'). A humorous, imaginative, and artful concept. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“In the cut-paper collage illustrations, dramatic composition as well as varied hues and textures create visual interest even in scenes with no living characters…an intriguing classroom read-aloud choice for many voices.” -- Booklist
Playful, kid-friendly poems from five alternating points of view explore the volcanic process and its effect on the surrounding land, flora, and fauna. Full color.
About the Author
Lisa Westberg Peters is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the best-seller The Sun, the Wind and the Rain. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.
Steve Jenkins is the acclaimed illustrator of Vulture View and the Caldecott Honor book What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their three children.