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Explosions of All Kinds

by Gillian Richardson

Best Books List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Science Communication Award, American Institute of Physics Silver Birch Award finalist, Ontario Library Association Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination Red Cedar Information Book Award nomination

Who knew that some insects can create explosions to get food? Or that fireworks were once used to fight wars?

Explosions are all around us, from the Big Bang that created the universe to the “pop” of a seedpod, from solar flares to the explosive gases lurking in a coal mine.

Full of fun facts, dramatic images and highlights of momentous blasts in history—including the infamous Halifax explosion of 1917—Kaboom! examines an astonishing variety of explosions and the science behind them. Many remarkable blasts are a result of human ingenuity, from carving the faces of four American presidents into a wall of granite on Mount Rushmore, to the development of asthma inhalers based on a beetle’s explosive pulses to scare predators.

The many exciting guises of explosions are revealed ways both engrossing and surprising.


“Richardson’s writing style will appeal to readers. Educational and appealing. Highly recommended.”
—CM Reviews, 11/09

An engrossing attention-getter, effectively tapping the sensationalism of all types of blasts.”
—School Library Journal, 12/09

“Packed with information . . . Fun for browsing.”
—Booklist, 12/09

“Deserves to be read for general interest as well as educative purposes; it is truly a blast.”
—Resource Links, 12/09