Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do

Andrea Minoglio, trans. from the Italian by Emma Mandley, illus. by Laura Fanelli. Blue Dot, $21.95 (72p) ISBN 978-1-73500-053-4

In 17 illustrated sections, this picture book offers a comprehensive look at elements of climate change, including rising sea levels, deforestation, ocean and air pollution, and the melting cryosphere. Fanelli’s bright illustrations have an open, vintage appeal, integrating well with Minoglio’s accessible prose. In each section, the verso page presents “Before,” offering a look at the world in the present day, as the recto page shows “After,” sharing a visualization of the near future alongside current data and scientists’ projections. Diagrams show step-by-step explanations of how concepts and processes work, while boxes labeled “How You Can Help” and “How People Are Helping” provide individually accomplishable actions and information about larger initiatives. This impressive introduction to climate change will stimulate budding ecologists. Back matter includes a list of organizations and citizen science initiatives, glossary, index, and sources. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)