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Zoom in on Crime Scenes Library Binding – September 1, 2013
From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Extreme close-ups of bugs, viruses, cells, and more charge up this series with browser appeal. These volumes offer a random sampling of creepy and odd subjects paired with melodramatic headlines, from praying mantises ("The Hug of Death") to viruses ("Viruses Hitch a Ride") to follicle mites ("Eyelash Bugs"). The up-in-your-face photos are presented with snippets of commentary in high-density jumbles of text and images. Reasonably generous resource lists, size comparisons, and notes on how much each photo has been magnified add at least some systematic elements. Grades 5 & Upα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The oversize format and busy layout of this title in the Zoom In On . . . series allow plenty of room to look at the tiny investigative pieces that make up a crime scene. The book begins with a brief introduction to scale and then discusses fingerprints, hair, dust, fibers, soil, and skin particles—all things that can help police solve a crime. To see these tiny bits of evidence blown up and in vivid color is amazing, as is learning about the ways investigators use them as clues. Despite the focus on the photos, there’s also lots of useful information here in the text and captions. Kids, especially those who watch CSI shows, will be fascinated. But don’t read the chapter on maggots before dinner. A glossary and list of resources is appended. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper
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