Volcanoes fascinate many kids. The idea that a mountain can be still one minute and then cause mass destruction the next appeals to many children—especially boys. The problem is that many science books do not share this point of view with their readers. This title, part of the "On My Own Science" series, tries to explain the science behind this natural phenomenon without losing any of the excitement. The book starts with a description of an erupting volcano and includes many examples of specific eruptions to allow readers to picture what is happening. This does not mean that the book has omitted more traditional information; it includes sections explaining how volcanoes form and the different types of volcanoes. The text on each page is short and to the point and is accompanied by a relevant illustration. That makes this book particularly appealing for struggling readers. Ages 7 to 10.