Real-life Disasters: Investigate What Really Happened!

Real-life Disasters: Investigate What Really Happened!

By Author / Illustrator

Susan Martineau, Vicky Barker


Non Fiction

Age range(s)



b small publishing limited




Paperback / softback




Why do disasters happen and can they ever be predicted or prevented? From natural mega-eruptions to terrifying man-made catastrophes, read what the expert investigators have to say about these lethal real-life disasters. Even if you want to, you will not be able to look away. Just try! From the team behind the Blue Peter Book Award-winning bestseller Real-life Mysteries, this book will help children learn critical literacy skills and fight fake news all from the edge of their seats.



Real-Life Disasters: Investigate what really happened is an interesting book covering a range of real disasters throughout history. These range from volcanic eruptions to icebergs.

Each disaster has two double page spreads. The first of these covers the story of the disaster and the second double spread delves deeper into the facts, eyewitness accounts and other key details. The information is presented in a visual and interesting way and will keep any fact-lover very happy. There is also a focus on key vocabulary which builds up to a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book.

Designed and illustrated by Vicky Barker, Real-life Disasters is highly visual and interesting. The images are bright and visual and the pages are brilliantly designed to provide access to the key information. The timeline section on each page helps the reader to piece together the key facts before selecting other key elements important.

This is a visual and interesting book that any child who enjoys learning about the world will enjoy. This book may be used as a starting point for research or dipped in and out of for pleasure. Suitable for children in Key Stage 2: primarily years 3 and 4. Older children might want some more details but would still enjoy this text.

See also Real-life Mysteries: Can you explain the unexplained? in the same series.

48 pages / Reviewed by Bryony Davies, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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