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Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean Paperback – March 29, 2016
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From the Publisher
"Like having a Time Life Science Library in comic books. Which is awesome!" ―Popular Science
"Author and illustrator Wicks’s experience shines through with accurate facts and appealing, colorful drawings."
―School Library Journal
About the Author
Maris Wicks lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and has written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of New York Times Bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. Her solo graphic novels include Human Body Theater and Science Comics: Coral Reefs. 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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Top Customer Reviews
As expected, coral reefs are defined and explained, but author Maris Wicks looks at the bigger picture of the ocean and how coral reefs play a global role. Each section introduces new concepts, and Wicks does a great job of summarizing and repeating key content. The narrating goby fish provides witty asides, but is always clarifying what's true and what isn't so there is no confusion. Climate change/global warming and being a good eco-citizen are all discussed, though I was very surprised that there was never a warning to readers about the importance of keeping a distance and not touching living coral.
The illustrations are wonderfully bright and interesting and along with the loads of information, Coral Reefs is a book to return to again and again. The Grammar Police did find a typo and a couple of errors, but I still highly recommend it to middle grade readers and adults alike (I learned a ton!). This needs to be on the shelf in every school library and science classroom.
Thank you to ReadWriteLove28 and First Second Books for providing me a gorgeous print copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. If you like this review, visit my blog Hall Ways for book views, reviews, and news you can use - or not. [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very cool book. I like the way the author drew the fish who's narrating the book, and all the other drawings.Read more