The Horn Book has given ISLAND a starred review, which makes 3 stars for the book. Here are some highlights from the review:
[ISLAND provides] a brilliantly clear, accurate, and age-level-appropriate explanation of natural selection…
The text’s organizational structure nicely echoes the story line and underscores the ecological message. Chin’s gorgeous illustrations include sweeping double-page spreads of the island and its inhabitants and rectilinear panels of varying sizes, sometimes arranged in groups of three or four to show dynamic changes such as the eruption of a volcano, the movements of a lizard across the ocean bed, or species adaptations over generations.
The review will be in the September/October 2012 edition of The Horn Book.