Sunday, April 24, 2016

Science Comics: Coral Reefs Blog Tour: Review

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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.

REVIEW/THOUGHTS: So today, I get to talk to you all about the first of the Science Comics... CORAL REEFS!

This book is a very informative, very colorful graphic novel that discuss Coral Reefs and their importance to our way of life, how they affect us even if we are over 2000 miles away from them.

I learned so much about Coral Reefs that I never thought to think about! There is a lot that goes into things such as these, the system of lives that the reefs hold and protect. I loved learning about all of the different animals; all of the fish, the coral, the mammals, and all the other sea creatures.

One of the most fascinating things that I was unaware of before was that SAND DOLLARS ARE SEA URCHINS!!!! Just thought that was an interesting fact that you might enjoy hearing about!

So, as I said, this book is beautiful. The artwork is consistent, and cute, and will definitely appeal to a middle-grade age group and shine with the vibrant colors and witty banter. Our narrator is a little Goby fish, and he is sarcastic and constantly breaking the fourth wall by bringing the author in (which I find very clever) and he made the whole experience much more enjoyable than if it was just written more like a research book. The addition of this fish as the narrator really added an heir of engagement that would have been missing otherwise.

Pretty pictures aside, I learned a crap load. I didn't know half of the things that were told me about coral and all these other animals and I am about to graduate high school. This book packs a lot of information in such a small book, but does it extremely well. I felt like every page had something for you to learn! (Especially in middle school)

Something I find important is exposing children to different things at a younger age, and middle school is a great time to have somebody find their passion! If I had this book when I had been in late elementary, early middle school, I may have enjoyed science a LOT more (because I really don't...) I do, however, really enjoy learning about the ocean and marine sciences and just science in the water... So this was right up my alley and I think everyone needs to read this!

My only real complaint was the immense amount of scientific vocabulary (most of which had no pronunciation guide which made it super confusing when  I wanted to speak about some of the things I had learned. Whatever, but I think this could be annoying to some kids... Just food for thought!

I highly recommend this for everyone wanting to learn something new, but especially those with a love for oceans and science already. The vivid pictures, and information-filled words masked by an enjoyable narrator will surely appeal to people of all ages. This would do PHENOMENALLY in school classrooms and libraries!

I gave this 3.5 stars on Goodreads! :)
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


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