Monday, July 6, 2009

Book Review - Earthquake - Hey! What's that shaking going on!

Title: Earthquake

Written by: Susan J. Berger

Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

Ages: 6-9

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-933090-66-5

Published: April 2009

Hardcover: 28 pages

Price: $11.95

How many of us from our childhood actual thought you could dig to China? I know I did. And from the onset children’s author, Susan Berger pulls the reader into Earthquake with the line “I hate to tell you this, but you can’t dig to China.” Berger presents the causes, predictions, measuring, and facts of earthquakes in an easy to understand vibrant presentation. The intertwining of earthquake facts with everyday examples to conduct your own experiments will bring a deeper understanding to the reader. “Some earthquakes feel like the earth is moving side to side like the rocking of a train. (Stand in the middle of a see saw. Try to keep your balance.)”

The cartoon fact charts and illustrations add a delightful way of explaining earthquakes to young readers and adults alike. And along with emergency preparedness tips, Earthquake is a sure bet in being prepared for an earthquake emergency.

Susan J. Berger is an accomplished children’s writer and actress. Earthquake is her second picture book for Guardian Angel Publishing. Visit Susan at:

Illustrator, Eugene Ruble is an accomplished freelance illustrator and graphic artist with over 40 years and worked with a wide range of publishers, corporations and individual clients on many challenging assignments. Visit Eugene at:


  1. Oh, for sure, I thought I could dig to China...even tried it a couple of times. Apparently, I was (am) not that quick a learner and needed two attempts to confirm the truth. Or, maybe it's just complete and thorough research.

    The book sounds like a mixture of practical, useful advice and a fun read. Does it get any better than that??

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  2. Nice review, Donna. It brought back memories of when I was a kid and we actually tried to dig to China. Didn't get very far. I don't think my parents appreciated me digging up the backyard.

    Kids should enjoy learning more about earthquakes.



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