Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium. Megan Lloyd has illustrated more than forty books for children, including The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli, and The Mixed-Up Rooster by Pamela Duncan Edwards. She lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania, where she raises sheep, chickens, and cows. Some of the rabbits from her vegetable garden have even been kind enough to allow Ms. Lloyd to sketch them as models for this book.
Gr 2-4-- A look at the dynamics of quakes, early detection systems, and measures taken by architects and city planners to lessen dangers after an earthquake occurs. Branley's explanations are in terms that children will easily understand, and the information is compressed into child-size bites, especially when describing earthquake motions. Branley may be too concise, however, when he fails to state the connection between seismic waves and readings on the Richter scale. Only an adult will be able to deduce what is only implied in the text rather than spelled out. A readable book with brightly colored illustrations that are serviceable but not particularly inspired. --Gloria Amann, New York Public Library