Luz Makes a Splash

ImageWritten and illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Kids Can Press, 2012

96 p.; $16.95 (hardcover), $8.95 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-55453-762-4 (hardcover); 978-1-55453-769-3 (paperback)

Reviewed by Christine F. Smith

Ages 8 to 12

An educational adventure in monochromatic graphic novel form, Luz Makes A Splash is the fun yet inspirational tale of Luz, a young girl who, when confronted with her city’s drought and pollution problems, is determined to make a difference. The story combines an entertaining youth-oriented narrative with environmentally-friendly tips. Though targeted to eight- to twelve-year-olds, the story is sure to educate readers of all ages on how to better conserve natural resources and stop pollution. Likewise, while Luz’s tale takes place in an urban environment, her advice could be implemented by youth in suburban and rural settings as well. The final chapter of the novel also features a cartoon-style “notebook” which guides readers on how to make a water-wise garden. A good book for starting youth out on environmental sustainability practices, though lacking in suggested follow-up materials.