By Author / Illustrator
Christiane Dorion, Beverley Young
Paperback / softback
Tackling both normal and extreme scenarios, this is an entertaining and enlightening exploration of the world's weather. With bright, friendly illustrations, plus pop-ups, pull-tabs, and booklets, this interactive book stimulates learning and encourages children to think about how humans can influence the world's climate.
See also: How the World Works
Like its sister volume, How the World Works, How the Weather Works takes a big topic and simplifies it in a colourful and interesting way for Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) readers. The design works perfectly and the font is clear. The scope is ambitious for a small book, but the authors succeed in explaining and describing what is not only a difficult subject, but one which many KS1 children are already curious about.
Indeed, there is plenty to learn, even for older readers: I learnt the name of the Swedish chemist who first linked the burning of fossil fuels to global warming and the American scientist who found a way to measure carbon dioxide in the air over time. I also liked the addition of questions to the reader ('Would you fly straight into a hurricane?') and the admission that we don't understand fully how climate works.
In summary, this is a book that will be valued by teachers but also greatly enjoyed by children with a thirst for knowledge.
32 pages / Reviewed by Jane Rew, school librarian
Suggested Reading Age 7+