"A brilliant, lavishly illustrated and timely account of the evolution of the world’s marine bodies of water and the ecological disaster that is unfolding underneath, within and around them. Skillfully written for a general audience, the book reminds us we can not survive without healthy seas, and delivers a persuasive wake-up call."
The Globe and Mail
"...a lavishly illustrated and passionate work that aims to provide a sort of maritime health report, setting out the richness of ocean and our dependence upon the future health of the sea. Well written and superbly illustrated...pulls no punches"
"Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect... there is so much to reflect on in this wide-ranging Atlas that is in fact much more than that: it combines cartography, diagrams, photography, and scientific as well as philosophical narrative into a framework that ranges from submarine geology to oceanography, marine biology to climate change...this volume does for oceanography (in a wider sense than this word suggests) what Carl Sagan did for cosmology. This is a highly important work... among its great merits are its clarity of prose and readability"
Harm de Blij, John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University; ABC tv
"Very readable and engaging."
Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
"...its most important virtue is the writing: clear, succinct and absorbing. It has something rare in a reference book: a voice. John Farndon tells a good story, he doesn’t mince words in his conclusions, and he’s not afraid to be funny."
North Coast Journal
"The writing is crisp and clear... It's impressively published as well as well-written and thought out. It's excellent and important. The text has what so few reference books have: a voice. The visuals illustrate this text as well as piquing a browser's interest and satisfying a roving eye. It's absorbing and satisfying reading.”
Captain Future, Books in Heat
"An in-depth exposition of everything under, around, and on the sea, this atlas uses photos, maps, charts, and text to create a very user-friendly primer about the oceans...Big and beautiful, this book would make a great addition to any coffee table.”
The Sierra Club
"This richly illustrated survey of marine life introduces basic principles of oceanography and highlights the hazards of environmental degradation."
"a worthy purchase that will be useful to students working on term papers. Readers interested in global change, the effect on the environment, and species survival also will enjoy this in bite-sized pieces.
Jean E Crampon, Shelves of Books/Library Journal
"Weird and amazing sealife takes centre stage in this illustrated atlas.... A good balance between words and wildlife photography, diagrams and maps makes it appealing for the casual reader as well as useful for students"
Rebeka White, The Invisible Gorilla, Ex-Libris
"Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth’s oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them.”
All at Sea
"Ian’s recommendation: A good introduction to the subject
Birdbooker Report 158, Guardian
"... one of the best books on the topic of oceans I have seen in a while... it does seem like we are living on the cusp of a "soylent green" future and this book will serve to remind me how it used to be.
G. Papadopoulos, Amazon.com customer review
"A mini museum between the covers of a book."
The New York Times
"Pioneering…visually captivating, dependable nonfiction."
Library Media Connection (starred review)
"Really, Really Interesting!...I didn't know a lot about the history of oil and gasoline. It seems in school, it didnt' arrive until J. D. Rockefeller decided to dig it up. Now I know that Babylonians actually used it to pave their roads [and much more]...Pretty neat stuff in this book and I'm an adult. A kid will love it."
Lynn Ellingwood, Amazon customer
"Gives a succinct and clear explanation of the importance of oil to modern economies and follows with a history of the use of oil until the present day."
Deakin Newsletter, Okanagan College Library
"How the Earth Works shares the clear layout and bright ideas that have become the hallmark of its publisher Dorling Kindersley... With a few plastic trays, some sheets of foam rubber, a handful of sand and a bucket of water, you can discover how mountains rise up, a river carves out a meandering course and how to make sedimentary rock. It is an exciting book that will encourage experiments and observation. It would be my choice for the [Rhone-Poulenc Science Book] Junior Prize"
Maggie Mc Donald, New Scientist
"This book is the single most helpful book I have ever run across in trying to explain to my very visual son what happens when different earth phenomena occur...You will be amazed. I submit you will learn more about "How The Earth Works" than you thought possible. This will generate conversations with your children that will last a lifetime."
Laurie J. Mitchell, Amazon customer
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"The book is full to the brim with interesting snippets and definitions that inform and encourage dipping. The author's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and now I not only understand why armchair-shaped hollows scraped out by ice were unfamiliar but can recognise them in their true setting."
Geoff Brown, Books for Keeps
"Not much is left out of this fascinating book, and students will want to read and reread the many details and descriptions...there is something for students of all ages in this exciting book."
"DK Pockets that are chock full of the same wonderful graphics and information as the bigger books....The reference, glossary, and index areas make this an excellent source book for science research projects. Even though I've read this book before, every time I pick it up I find new facts and pictures that draw me in again and again. In addition to being a good reference, this book is just plain fun. If you like science, natural disasters, or need an A on a volcano report this is the book for you."
Joy Derkson, Kids Reads
"Small enough to carry in a pocket, yet big enough to provide all the answers, DK Pockets are mini-sized reference books packed with facts and pictures, and arranged in a clear, logical way"
Debra Tewhey, Forces of Nature
"...attractive spreads filled with eye-catching illustrative materials and clear, concise writing...the imaginative use of photographs helps to clarify many of the concepts... a visual treat."
Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA, School Library Journal
"...a mini museum between the covers of a book."
The New York Times
"A good choice to have for easy reference or a young student's weather project."
Melissa, Amazon customer
"This book was one of my favourite DK books I ever read. Every page of this was very, very great. I’m interested in weather too."
A kid’s review, Amazon customer
"[Books in series including Weather] move beyond basic introductory texts and provide questions as well as answers to some of the complex aspects of each of these topics.... Good resources for reports and for those who want to know how and why things work."
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC , School Library Journal
"This book has fun weather facts and scientific information highlighted throughout and lively illustrations"
Mississippi Science Framework
"Teaching children to love books is very important, and this book is a great tool for this. My 8 month old boy loves this book & others in the same collection."
Orlando Shorter, Amazon customer
"This book is a good starting point to teach weather to children, it covers all aspects of weather. It is intended for the elementary level but the great photos make this book appealing to younger kids."
Patricia H. N. "Homeschooling Mom", Amazon Customer
"Fantastic digital imagery takes readers right into the heart of devastating tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surges, monsoons and blizzards. Eyewitness accounts, thrilling stories, and fantastic facts guarantee that this learning experience is an unforgettable one."
Midwest book review
"Nicely done - good illustrations, lots of variety, clearly written...Every mineral collector needs several sources to get a good idea of what he or she has and this is one that I will continue to use... worth having among your library."
Stuart Schneider, Amazon customer
“My son and I are "Rock Hounds" and this book is fantastic! It has as much, if not more, information that an amateur rock hound needs! We love it!”
“Good field guide for a layman. Explains the scientific terminology well and doesn't presume you're already familiar with it. Not a pocket guide but wonderful once you come home with small pebbles and digital pictures of boulders, explains everything”
Robert A Sloan, Amazon customer
“A great book for rock and mineral collectors! I love the pictures and the explanations. I have learned a lot and keep the book for reference.”
Mary Ann Ashcraft. Amazon customer
“I love this book as the photos of the rocks and minerals are realistic to what most samples you see are!”
"I would definitely recommend as a first level book for the enthusiastic novice collector - it is simple and easy to understand - but with the adult in mind."
"Visually spectacular, this standout guide to our planet offers a thorough look at the Earth's physical dynamics... Pretty enough to serve as a coffee table book, this volume also contains a tremendous amount of absorbing information."
"an encyclopedic, picture-rich, beautifully designed compendium that draws on up-to-date research in numerous fields to tell the incredible story of our planet's birth, place in the cosmos, and evolution...The writing is clear, animated, and engrossing. The page layouts are works of graphic art...superb and stunning"
Donna Seaman, Booklist
"A fantastic book, with incredible photographs. It covers everything about the Earth, from its place in space through the oceans, the atmosphere, the land and human geography. All explained in simple terms with diagrams for more complex topics."
"Simply STUNNING !...I have just received my copy of this book and am simply amazed by the content. It covers everything from our place in the Universe to specific examples of a rock type."
Mr. R. J. Wilson, Amazon customer
"A visual feast...this is a book you will never get bored with. Worth every penny and more."
Dragondrums, Amazon customer
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