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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.

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cartoon Guide Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062732749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062732743
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By hharper@valdosta.edu on April 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Kids will tend to ignore this book because it is too serious for a comic book and they will believe it is a klutzy attempt by adults to sneak up on kids with something educational. They are mistaken. Adults may, with a glance, dismiss this book as being for kids. They should know better. It is a systematic approach using pictures and limited captions to explain the basics of environmental science. It also uses Gonick's humor, sometimes-- ahem-- mature humor, and charming cartoonery.
Not as good perhaps as some of Gonick's other works-- due to limitations posed by a difficult topic for him to do-- it is still pure Gonick and worth the money and worth keeping (or giving to a kid or adult).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with which to teach science. It gets and keeps the attention of teenagers who have the attention span of a gnat. Each chapter is a great overview and summation of a unit that I teach at some time during the year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Bodas on September 27, 2005
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Great book as a break from the normal Environmental science textbooks. A funny and informative look at many of the key ideas and concepts related to environmental science. Many of the cartoons are also useful for teaching biological science. Don't be fooled, some of the cartoons demonstrate fairly advanced ideas, but in a humerous and entertaining fashion.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Time Traveller on August 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rarely do I post anything on the web, but I feel obligated to do so now in defense of this author. Global Warming is covered on pages 64, 201-3, and 207 as listed in the index. Ozone Depletion, page 199 & Acid Rain, page 198.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Thompson on September 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Plan on having students buy this and using it as an APES exam review in May.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose Collins on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently rented this cartoon book from the school library in hopes of learning more about ecology. The book did an excellent job giving easy-to-understand definitions, and the illustrations really boosted my comprehension. Though the book did not detail global warming and other "big" issues in our society, it was a fantastic teaching tool for the basics. It was a fun read, and it got me thinking about how minor changes can affect the way the world works.
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By Sharon on November 3, 2013
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This was amazing. Super educational and really just fun to read. I took AP Environmental Science in high school two years ago and being one of those people who can't ever focus, it was amazing to help me understand a few fuzzy topics. I'm in college now and I still read it every now and then for fun. The illustrations are of good quality and the writing is even better. A great book overall. Highly recommended for anyone in AP Environmental Science, or Enviro majors that would appreciate it.
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By Andrea A. on September 4, 2013
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I have to read this book for my sustainability class but its so hard to read only because its almost just boring general enviroment knowledge. So for the actual book i'd give it a 3 stars but the 4 is for the great customer service i received from this seller! They contacted me quickly and were very generous. It did take a very long time to get to me and i'm very sure that wasn't the seller's fault. I would buy from them again. Just this book...ugh it was not for me.
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