From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (the Hurricane Hunters) flies out of Biloxi, MS, into the hearts of violent storms, compiling essential weather data that ultimately saves human lives. Demarest presents their exploits in an oversized, brightly illustrated format, twin to his Hotshots
! (S & S, 2003). A brief, dynamic text follows a typical flight into a burgeoning tempest, beginning with a view of a tranquil beach and ending with a completed mission. The contrast between sunlit and storm-ravaged seas is clear, as are the heavy preparations on shore and the destructive force of the squall as it crosses land. The simple language is reinforced by the vigorous pastels, which open a window into the WC-130 Hercules and the activities of the crew. An extended author's note provides extra data. Team this crisp, exciting book with Franklyn Branley's Hurricane Watch
(HarperCollins, 1985) and/or Rick Thomas's Eye of the Storm
(Picture Window, 2005) for more meteorology, or pair it with Keith Elliot Greenberg's more demanding Storm Chaser
(Blackbirch, 1997) for a personal look at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pilot and his experiences.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. Demarest's latest picture book explains the work of the large converted cargo planes that fly into hurricanes to collect weather data. Most of the double-page spreads, rendered in bright pastels, show a plane as it goes through the stages of its mission. A few pages depict the preparations on land as people get ready for the hurricane's approach. The pastels are particularly effective at capturing the look and feel of the powerful winds and swirling water caused by a hurricane at its height. The text is fairly slight, with only a couple of sentences on most pages, but the last two pages offer a fuller, more informative, explanation of the hurricane hunter's mission. Young aviation fans will appreciate the clear diagram of the layout of a WC-130 Hercules at the front of the book. Obviously topical, this book provides an effective introduction to the most dangerous part of the hurricane warning system. Todd MorningCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved