YA?Using the ecological collapse of Easter Island as an example of a failing environment, the authors present the historical, scientific, and ethical backgrounds to the environmental challenges faced currently, and in the near future, by all humanity. Nothing less than the fate of life on Earth lies in the balance, which makes for an engrossing plot, made more poignant by the scientific research and data that back it up. Black-and-white cartoons clearly explain, define, and graphically display terms, events, and situations. They also impart both an awareness of the destructive behavior of humankind and its consequences while imparting a sense of hope for the future. The foreword, the brief notations dispersed throughout the drawings, and the bibliography provide information about sources used in formulating the book. Gonick's humor helps to lighten the dark realization of what is happening to the Earth. Teens will be drawn to the format, the short chapters, and the drama of the our planet's fate, a potentially frightening scenario that should motivate more research about the environment.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain math, history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Very creative! I thought the book was nice and the children liked it as well.Published 12 months ago by M G
The Cartoon Guide to the Environment is an educational book that illustrates scientific facts about the environment in a way that is engaging and interesting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve R
This book does a wonderful job of showing environmental principles in a digestable, understandable, and humorous way. Great book format,Published 16 months ago by Middlesex Al
Good introduction to how environment system is affected by all earth activities, especially human. Nature will take care of itself, though that does not mean us humans will stay... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Schlashnbern
appreciate I was able to buy the product because it was had to obtain. The text was heavily marked up but very appreciated.Published on July 13, 2013 by Gail