Friday, August 10, 2007

The Global Warming Set - Two Books I MUST Review

One of my favorite blog reads is Read Roger. While I never feel confident enough to comment (those babies just ooze intelligence and wit), I do read and learn a lot. Today Roger links us to World Ahead Publishing, a company that dubs itself the "west coast's leading conservative publisher." After a bit of exploring I learned about a new book coming out on global warming, and boy, do I need to review it. The book is entitled The Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming. Here is the description from the web site.
Debuting the same day as celebrity wife and "Inconvenient Truth" producer Laurie David's "Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming," backed by a dynamic marketing campaign that speaks to parents sick of being dictated to by has-been politicians, pop singers and former talent scouts, The Sky's NOT Falling! is exactly what Scholastic's book should be -- fact-filled, fun, apolitical, and optimistic about the future of our magnificent planet.

In The Sky's NOT Falling! natural resources policy expert Holly Fretwell shows kids 9-12 that it's human ingenuity and adaptability - and not a mindless fear of change - that are most likely to guarantee the Earth a healthy future.

Prof. Fretwell brings genuine educational credentials and practical experience to the environmental debate, giving kids the straight scoop about global warming -- and the potentially devastating human and economic consequences of politically motivated responses to it.

Can it really be that human innovation and creativity, combined with individual choice, will yield better environmental outcomes than the draconian, self-congratulatory approaches advocated by Al Gore and his Hollywood friends? Yes!

The Sky's NOT Falling!
is sure to be one of the most talked-about kids' books of the year.
The book they have lambasted, The Down-to-Earth Global Warming Guide, is described in this way.
Irreverent and entertaining, DOWN TO EARTH is filled with fact about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities. Engagingly designed, DOWN TO EARTH will educate and empower, leaving readers with the knowledge they need to understand this problem and a sense of hope to inspire them into action.
Both books are due to hit shelves on September 1, 2007, and I can't wait to get my hands on them for a head-to-head review. Now for the 10 thousand dollar question - How do I get these babies BEFORE then?


  1. How to get ARCs (Advance Reading Copies): Write or email the publisher, saying you want to review the book (are both books from the same publisher?) on your blog and giving your teacher credentials ... plus anything you want to say about your science credentials. Be sure to give the URL to your blog so someone can look at what you have been doing. Good luck.

  2. Hi Bonnie,
    My big problem is that even though the second book is an imprint of Scholastic, I can't find Orchard Books here in the U.S. I just don't know who to write too!

  3. Tricia,

    It's hard to believe that THE SKY'S NOT FALLING is a book that's apolitical. It's published by World Ahead Press--a company that also published the following books for children: HELP! MOM! THERE'S A LIBERAL UNDER MY BED, HELP! MOM! THE 9TH CIRCUIT NABBED THE NATIVITY, and FREDDIE, THE FREE-RANGE CHICKEN. The last book is described on the publisher's website as "a witty tribute to broadcasting great Sean Hannity."

    The author of THE SKY'S NOT FALLING got her Bachelor's degree in Political Science.