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Children's Nonfiction Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Kaboom! A Volcano Erupts

by (author) Jessica Kulekjian

illustrated by Zoe Si

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Earthquakes & Volcanoes, General, Rocks & Minerals
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
Recommended Reading age
5 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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The story of a volcano's eruption, as it's never been told before! A perfect pick for budding volcanologists --- or any child who can't resist a good kaboom!

Here's a step-by-step story of a volcanic eruption --- told from the volcano's point of view! Readers meet the volcano as it placidly slumbers, which it's been doing for thousands of years. Then things begin to stir to life deep inside. First come the hisses, as hot magma moves into a chamber beneath the volcano. Then, steam, gas and ash start to gurgle and sputter out, followed by the magma and gases rising up. Finally, the volcano shouts, “I'm awake!” as lava, hot rocks and billows of ash erupt out of its vents with a giant kaboom!

In this lively informational picture book, Jessica Kulekjian uses a playful and spirited tone to introduce the thrilling natural phenomenon of an erupting volcano. The unique first-person narrative makes this a perfect read-aloud, giving listeners the opportunity to act out what's happening. The volcano's narration is augmented by the comments of a red bird who appears on every spread to provide the play-by-play and to introduce easily digestible volcanic facts and terms, from magma chamber and tectonic plates to ash clouds. The quirky, funny artwork by Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist and illustrator Zoe Si uses cutaway illustrations for a look inside the volcano. The text has been vetted by volcano experts. Backmatter includes a volcano's anatomy, phases and types, and sources for further learning. An excellent choice for earth science lessons on volcanoes, earth's crust, minerals, rocks and erosion.

About the authors

After a childhood spent outdoors, Jessica Kulekjian studied education and creative writing in college. Now, she teaches second grade and writes stories inspired by her passion for nature, free play and learning. She is the author of several books for children, including Before We Stood Tall, an NCTE Notable Book in Poetry. Jessica lives in central California with her family.

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Zoe Si is a cartoonist and illustrator who has illustrated a number of children’s books and is a regular contributor of cartoons and humor pieces to the New Yorker. She has a lifelong passion for laughing at her own jokes and is always looking for new ways to tell stories with her art. Zoe lives with her husband in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, where she also practiced law for several years. Visit her at

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Editorial Reviews

... a treasure. Its unique presentation will appeal to those who are already nature lovers and may spark that magic moment when a not-yet nature lover looks up with wonder.—CM Magazine (Praise for Before We Stood Tall)

A solid look at animals in the winter and the ways they weather the weather.—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers)

This is a book that begs to be read out loud ... a fun and effective introduction to volcanology that should perk up elementary STEAM collections.—Booklist

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