Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs & Sophie Williams


Published by Cicada Books, 2019.

Earth Shattering Events is a fascinating book about natural disasters – geological and meteorological. There is also a timely and pertinent section about climate change. The book has chapters on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and avalanches. There are also chapters about cyclones, tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards and hailstorms.

25EB3816-C01C-411E-B3AE-546B6F44169DEarth Shattering Events is illustrated throughout in full-colour. The illustrations are hand-drawn and really engaging. There’s a great mix of diagrams, maps, cross-sections and charts.

I really liked the clear, uncluttered layout. There’s also a really nice split between text and illustration so the book isn’t dauntingly text-heavy. The explanations are easy to understand and there’s lots of really interesting information. There are bite-sized facts and statistics if you just want to dip in and out of the book or more detailed paragraphs if you want to understand the science.


A feature of each chapter that my son and I particularly enjoyed reading was the advice in the ‘What to do in a …’ section. We also liked looking at the maps which show which countries in the world are most affected by each type of disaster.

Earth Shattering Events expertly conveys the sheer power and destructive force of nature. It’s an eye-opening book and reminds us of our fragility.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 6+

Thank you to Cicada Books for sending me this book to review.

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