Friday, July 16, 2010

Skin: The Bare Facts

Skin: The Bare FactsTitle: Skin: The Bare Facts
Author: Lori Bergamotto
Pages: 95
Genre: Teen Nonfiction
Published: Zest Books (imprint of Orange Avenue Publishing)
Read For: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
My Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

I received Skin: The Bare Facts from Library Thing as part of their Early Reviewers program and was very happy to receive it.  Zest Books, from what I have seen, seems to do a good job of presenting nonfiction topics to teens in a clear, appealing manner.

I appreciated how logically and succinct the information in this book was presented. The way the book was organized, in combination with the simple, direct, informative writing style made it easy to read and retain information, and will prove an easily accessible resource to refer to at later dates. The artwork was nice--not overdone--and overall the layout and design was clean and balanced (making the book even easier to read.) Don't let the seeming simpleness make you think that this isn't a valuable resource. It may not have any breakout information ( I don't think that was the point of the book) but it does weed out all the excess information and give you--like the cover says--The Bare Facts.

In addition to informing the reader about what skin is, including the different types of skin and different skin problems, it also talks about skin care, encouraging natural, healthy practices. It talks about skin cancer in a non-threatening, informative manner, gives some natural spa recipes, and a brief history of makeup. Lori Bergamotto did a great job of sticking to the topic without becoming repetitive or boring. This is a book to keep around--for teens and adults alike.

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