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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation
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About the Author
Michael Keller, an award-winning journalist and writer, has a bachelor of science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Nicolle Rager Fuller is a professional illustrator, with a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from Lewis and Clark College and a graduate certificate in science illustration from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She lives in Washinton, DC, with her husband.
Top Customer Reviews
I have a strong background in biology and found the author's explanations of the process of evolution to be accurate and friendly to the average reader. This would be an excellent text to use for a high school or undergraduate course.
I do wish Amazon would post interior pages from the book so buyers might decide for themselves about the illustrations. My two cents is that they should certainly motivate you to buy the book, not dissuade you.
This would be a great holiday gift for any science lover on your list.
However the main point is that the Theory of Natural Selection was well covered and I think pretty well explained. I do have a few gripes (the reason that I did not give this book five stars) and these primarily have to do with content. For some reason Keller apparently used later editions of "The Origin" in which Spencer's phase "Survival of the Fittest" was added. Darwin did not invent this phrase and it was not in the first edition. The phrase, while true in the sense that "fit" can mean any adaptation that works to allow an individual to reproduce, does not necessarily mean that the "strong" overcome the "weak"and has unfortunately been utilized to imply that there are "inferior" peoples because they do not fit preconceived notions of superiority.Read more ›
As to the quality of the illustrations, however, I have to say the cover does not provide an accurate representation of the art inside. The drawings are beautifully colored and laid out well, but the physical forms of the humans and animals (humans especially) are often lifeless and awkward, as well as looking rushed--and definitely not in a stylized manner, although other aspects of her art do show a distinct style. In all, the drawings seem more amateurish than I would expect for such an adaptation. Fuller does many things right, but the talent really isn't there.
Whether the quality bothers you or not is your call, however. The illustrations weren't egregious enough for me to put the book down; a serious artist might get more irritated. I'd recommend this book as a good introduction to evolution for kids, or an entertaining and educational alternative to reading the original text.
The illustrator, Nicolle Rager Fuller, deserves equal billing to the author. Her work is obviously an essential part of the book. Further, the artwork is perfect for this book and the target audience. If anything in this book will capture young readers, it is the art. Adult readers will find it pleasing as well.
The nineteenth century is crowded with great scientists, scientific advances, and achievements having impacts into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To a great extent, those scientists communicated and fed off one another. The fields of biology, geology, archeology, philosophy, horticulture, anthropology, mathematics, sociology, ornithology, entomology, botany, and zoology were all advancing and reinforcing one another. This book brings out this fact and cites the names of scientists and practitioners with whom Darwin interacted.
The book is balanced, honest, and accurate. Unfortunately, anything dealing with Darwin is politically charged.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very digestible by students who are only starting to learn about evolutionary theory and its place in the history of biological science.Published 6 months ago by David Alan Levering
Beautifully illustrated, accurate, and fun to read. Got this for my hubby, who is in medical school, he loved it.Published 10 months ago by Abby
I am surprised to see criticism of the illustrations in previous reviews. Although it is true that the illustrations are not like a standard comic book, it is also true that this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Feedback
great resource for my 13 year old kids. now they'll know what all the fuss is about.Published 13 months ago by Malcoln_Rodgers
I was unaware when I bought this book from Amazon, that it was basically a 'comic book' format. The book takes Darwin's approximately 307 page book, "On The Origin Of The... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jon Linden
Finally a book simple enough for me! This is a graphic novel with what I think is beautiful artwork (apparently some people disagree, but I am not hard to please) and a very nice... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John McAdam
Love the book! I would love to see all the classics done like this!!!!Published 22 months ago by Thomas Johnston