These books are all timely, interesting, and well organized. The pictures are great and the complex subject matter is presented in a way that is fairly easy to read and understand. I learned a lot myself from these books and will definitely look for more from the series.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2009
Wilson's Core Collection, 2009
Eye-opening anecdotes about two-hour waits for gas during the 1970s energy crises begin this introduction to hybrid vehicles. Following a brief discussion of fossil fuels and their origins, Juettner surveys the past, present, and future of cars that rely on alternative energy sources, such as electricity, hydrogen, and compressed air. This isn’t a full overview of green auto technology; there is no mention of biodiesel, for example. Still, the accessible prose will captivate young eco-minded gearheads, who will enjoy the stories about the Toyota Prius’ development and the look at scientists’ current alternative-fuel research. The uncluttered design includes boxed facts and features on subjects such as oil formation and speculation about the size of Earth’s remaining oil reserves. Numerous photos will attract browsers with up-to-the minute lab shots, as well as archival images of hybrid vehicles from the early 1900s, including one designed by Ferdinand Porsche. A glossary of words that appear in bold throughout the text and suggested resource lists close this informative, focused title in the A Great Idea!: Going Green series.
A colorful, descriptive, easy-to-read non-fiction title that will interest any car buff or would be inventor. The textual devices reinforce the important ideas and the vocabulary is timely and technical, but the glossary is very clear. Textboxes, chapter headings, and excellent photos will add to the appeal of this title. The index and further reading, including websites, are helpful features too. This would make a good additional choice in the media collection.
John Marshall High School, 200T9