Series: Science Comics #2
Published by First Second on March 29, 2016
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Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!
This volume: in Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.
You might not know this about me but I absolutely adore all things science! I majored in chemistry in college and I’m currently working on finishing up a PhD in chemistry. Being in a STEM degree program gives me lots of opportunities to interact with kids especially girls to get them interested in science. We’re always looking for interesting ways to present different material in a way that’s interesting but not over the kids’ heads. I think these comics definitely will help us to do that!
I read this graphic novel with my boyfriend’s five year old daughter and she loved it! And so did I! It was adorable while being educational. Our instructor in all things coral reefs is this tiny yellow fish with glasses. He was my boyfriend’s daughter’s favorite part. The art in these comics are both beautiful and colorful while not taking away from the material trying to be taught. I was really impressed with how the information was presented. The comic is divided into chapters and each one focuses on a different aspect about coral reefs. There are little life cycle charts, pronunciation guides, and footnotes scattered through out. It was truly a great way to present the material. We both learned loads about coral reefs and their inhabitants that we didn’t know before! She was amazed the coral are actually animals and not actually plants and that it takes a very, very long time for them to grow.
This graphic novel provided a delightful nonfiction reading experience which is hard to do when your audience is a young five year old. Said five year old has been going around and educating everyone she comes in contact with all about coral reefs. That in and of itself has me adoring this book. I’ve been recommending this to all of my friends with kids because it’s that good! They also have another one about dinosaurs that is just as amazing. I’d highly recommend picking both up if you’re looking for kid-friendly nonfiction. You won’t regret it!
*I received a copy of this graphic novel from the publisher.
About the Author
Maris Wicks lives in sunny Somerville, Massachusetts. She is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times-bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she’s not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is quite fond of being in the water, whether it’s swimming in ponds or scuba diving in the Atlantic Ocean.
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