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Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth

By: Don Brown

Dr. Mike Perfit

Illustrator: Don Brown

Almost 14.5 billion years ago, it all started with a BIG BANG. But if you think the Earth has calmed down since then—think again! Diagrams of geologic eras and a 24-hour Earth clock. Map of Earth’s tectonic plates. Source notes. Bibliography. Note about climate change. Full-color illustrations were hand drawn; color and texture were added digitally.

ISBN: 9780544805033

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Historical geology , Earth sciences , Origin of Earth (planet) , Science , Comics and graphic novel formats

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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Middle
MSL Cream of the Crop - 2018
YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Nominee
Booklilst Lasting Connections 2017, Science

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

To a wisecracking worm (and readers), a groundhog recaps in graphic panels the history of our planet from the big bang to the present, and beyond. It’s a heavy dose of information, but along with the worm’s interjections (“Basalt? Does that go with Ba-Pepper?”), Brown’s informal drawings and diagrams effectively lighte To a wisecracking worm (and readers), a groundhog recaps in graphic panels the history of our planet from the big bang to the present, and beyond. It’s a heavy dose of information, but along with the worm’s interjections (“Basalt? Does that go with Ba-Pepper?”), Brown’s informal drawings and diagrams effectively lighten the load. At times, though, things get a little too casual. An observation that continents “come and go like pizza deliveries” is obscure, and the statement that “Apples don’t fall from trees but are drawn to the ground by gravity” is a difference without a distinction. Still, amid entertaining repartee, clear accounts of notable occurrences such as select extinction events (“Earth had a VERY BAD DAY!”), plus explanations of geologic processes such as continental drift, join side profiles (dubbed “Deep Time Comix”) of notable geologists to impart a lucid, coherent picture of what our planet’s been up to and how we found out. Back matter includes a geologic “clock,” source notes, a generous bibliography, and a final graphic featurette that will fill readers in on human-caused climate change. VERDICT Despite a few bobbles, this is a worthy work of graphic nonfiction for earth science units.—John Peters, Children’s Literature Consultant, New York

Horn Book

An extended conversation between a science-savvy groundhog and a new-to- Earth’s-history worm features a comprehensive overview of the geological past of our planet. The graphic format, light tone, and amusing repartee keep up the pace over the course of an impressive number of geology topics, from the formation of the planet through the vari An extended conversation between a science-savvy groundhog and a new-to- Earth’s-history worm features a comprehensive overview of the geological past of our planet. The graphic format, light tone, and amusing repartee keep up the pace over the course of an impressive number of geology topics, from the formation of the planet through the various processes that formed the oceans and continents, Earth materials, and life. Concrete examples and illustrations that combine science and humor (Groundhog: “A nearby planet collided with Earth! THWACK! Some scientists say it was a punch to the gut and others say it was a slap to the shoulder.” Worm: “What’s a shoulder?”) make for an effective presentation of content. It’s a whirlwind tour but with clear explanations and a coherent line of reasoning. A feature titled “Deep Time Comix,” comprising sepia-toned comic panels, pops up occasionally to introduce important geologists of the past and their contributions to plate tectonic theory. Global warming is addressed in an appendix; back matter also includes source notes, an extensive bibliography, a “24-hour Earth Clock,” and a geological-era chart. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9780544805033

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.8; Points: 1;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Historical geology, Earth sciences, Origin of Earth (planet), Science, Comics and graphic novel formats,

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