Science Comics
How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What's the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to.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!

Science Comics Details

TitleScience Comics
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626727670
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Animals, Science, Dogs, Childrens, Middle Grade

Science Comics Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    My brother just announced to me that he wants to adopt a dog, a decision I entirely support, so I felt motivated to read this book after I watched him be so excited at the idea of having a furry companion in his apartment. This is a good book for kids who want to learn more about genetics and the behaviours of dogs. I mainly recommend it to young readers because it contains many logical facts that are universally known. I already knew at least 70% of what the author discussed in this book.For in My brother just announced to me that he wants to adopt a dog, a decision I entirely support, so I felt motivated to read this book after I watched him be so excited at the idea of having a furry companion in his apartment. This is a good book for kids who want to learn more about genetics and the behaviours of dogs. I mainly recommend it to young readers because it contains many logical facts that are universally known. I already knew at least 70% of what the author discussed in this book.For instance, everybody knows that animals do not actually understand human language. What they do, however, do is associate words with behaviours or objects. Like, if you shove a ball in a dog’s face and say ‘‘ball’’ a couple of times, they’re going to connect the sound with the ball and get excited in the anticipation of playing with the object in question.What I enjoyed learning about most were the different theories presented and experiences conducted. I honestly thought all dogs became friendly towards human beings naturally, not that experiences were made to make them so. Of course some of it happened naturally, but humans became obsessed with domestic animals pretty early on and studied them closely. I just wish the author had dug deeper since my mind is telling me that there must be more. The author stayed on familiar ground at all times, discussing only popular contexts and subjects in regards to dogs. I wish he had paid more importance to the different interactions between dogs and other animals as well as the roles of dogs when it comes to helping human beings. He mentioned rapidly that they can smell cancer, but I had hoped he would focus on a specific case to prove and illustrate this fact. Not bad. Quite enjoyable actually and very accessible to young readers. It just could have contained more surprising information. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • First Second Books
    January 1, 1970
    In this volume we follow an adorable Cocker Jack named Rudy on a exciting trip to the dog park. There he introduces us to to his friends and works through key scientific principles from Gregory Mendel, Charles Darwin, and Dmitir Belyaev to explain dog taxonomy, origin, genetic makeup, and much more!
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  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting this to be more friendly for my younger students, but now I’m not sure if I would suggest it to anyone under fourth grade. Lots of great information about the history of dogs, but also tons of scientific information that will be beyond many of my early readers. Would love to hand this one to adults who claim graphic novels don’t have enough substance!
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  • Brandi Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    Great nonfiction graphic! It had a ton of information, and if you love dogs, it's a fun and interesting read. Genetics, evolution of breeds, and why things happen. Fantastic stuff and adorable illustrations!
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    January 1, 1970
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Cute comic explaining the evolution of dogs! I learned a lot about my own fur baby and his behavior.
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is not just a graphic novel. Science comics are full of interesting information, detailed illustrations, use of topic and more. This particular one teaches about genetics, adaptations, breeding and evolution particularly with dogs.In this book we meet Rudy, a pet dog who visits the local dog park. Once there, he tries to play with his yellow ball. This ends up taking the reader through a history of canis lupus to canis familiaris. We meet several different breeds of dogs and how they came t This is not just a graphic novel. Science comics are full of interesting information, detailed illustrations, use of topic and more. This particular one teaches about genetics, adaptations, breeding and evolution particularly with dogs.In this book we meet Rudy, a pet dog who visits the local dog park. Once there, he tries to play with his yellow ball. This ends up taking the reader through a history of canis lupus to canis familiaris. We meet several different breeds of dogs and how they came to be using genetics, evolution and adaptations. There is a lot of scientific detail within these pages. There is a lot of scientific vocabulary that is explained in the story as well as in the extensive glossary at the end of the book. This book is geared to older children, I would suggest 10 and up. It is a fun way to describe the process of evolution using dogs. The graphics are fun as well as informative. This would be a great book to use when teaching about genetics, evolution, adaptations, natural selection, and breading. It should be in all libraries, school and public. It is a great resource to teach these topics in a fun way. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Dog-lovers will enjoy this romp through a detailed scientific look at many facts and facets about dogs. In graphic novel format, one dog takes the reader along to explore whether or not dogs are descended from wolves, differences between breeds, and much more. The level of scientific detail regarding genes is thorough and accurate (as far as I could tell, although college biology was a long time ago). Because of the depth of science, this is not a book to browse; it must be read thoughtfully - o Dog-lovers will enjoy this romp through a detailed scientific look at many facts and facets about dogs. In graphic novel format, one dog takes the reader along to explore whether or not dogs are descended from wolves, differences between breeds, and much more. The level of scientific detail regarding genes is thorough and accurate (as far as I could tell, although college biology was a long time ago). Because of the depth of science, this is not a book to browse; it must be read thoughtfully - or some readers may skim through the parts they do not understand and just try to figure out where the guide dog's ball went. A great scaffold or support for students learning about genetics and how evolution shapes species. May have limited appeal due to technicality of writing, although it is made as accessible as possible.Grades 4 and up
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  • Stacey Shapiro
    January 1, 1970
    Too much science needs more dogs
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    January 1, 1970
    This series is always awesome. And this particular one could be considered kid's best friend.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Rudy (a dog), is the narrator of this volume in the Science Comics series. He tells us that he is a "canardly" - you can 'ardly tell what breed. While at the local dog park, Rudy chases his favorite ball into the past. He explains to readers how dogs evolved from wild predators to tame companions and protectors (and also looks for his lost ball). His explanation covers topics like Linnaeus, Mendel, Darwin, Punnett squares, DNA, nature and nurture, the gene pool, and pretty much anything else tha Rudy (a dog), is the narrator of this volume in the Science Comics series. He tells us that he is a "canardly" - you can 'ardly tell what breed. While at the local dog park, Rudy chases his favorite ball into the past. He explains to readers how dogs evolved from wild predators to tame companions and protectors (and also looks for his lost ball). His explanation covers topics like Linnaeus, Mendel, Darwin, Punnett squares, DNA, nature and nurture, the gene pool, and pretty much anything else that affects the adaptation of a species over time. Rudy gives examples of how a dog's senses work; the difference in what colors they can see compared to human eyesight, the way they can detect odors that are only 1 or 2 parts per trillion, or how far their hearing range extends. Breeds, dog shows, pedigrees, vocal communication and body language are all a part of Rudy's explanations. One fun fact he shares is that dogs and humans are two species that both continue to play even after they reach adult age.This series follows in the tradition of the Magic School Bus and the Max Axiom books by sharing science concepts through a graphic format. In this case, the comic style illustrations display the different time periods Rudy visits as he traces the evolution of dogs, and readers can also see his determination to retrieve his ball. There are plenty of facts, and also helpful features such as a glossary, a list of books for further reading. One last appearance by Rudy is similar to the bonus scenes that show up during a movie's end credits. He urges readers to consider pet adoption and find a companion to take into their home. This book is an excellent introduction to the history of domesticated dogs, and offers enough basic facts to give readers a good place to start researching the topic more deeply on their own.I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Just so you know, this review was not written by the human who normally posts stuff here. This review was written by her dog. Some of you may have enjoyed my previous review of _The Dog Master_, which made my tail wag. That’s right, humans, I’m back. I figured out the code to unlock the iPad and it has changed my life. This time I read a comic called Science Comics: Dogs. Man, I knew that was going to be a great book right when I saw the title. Because what topic could be more important than DOG Just so you know, this review was not written by the human who normally posts stuff here. This review was written by her dog. Some of you may have enjoyed my previous review of _The Dog Master_, which made my tail wag. That’s right, humans, I’m back. I figured out the code to unlock the iPad and it has changed my life. This time I read a comic called Science Comics: Dogs. Man, I knew that was going to be a great book right when I saw the title. Because what topic could be more important than DOGS? (Global warming, maybe, but you humans don’t seem interested enough in that, now do you?)Just in case you’re thinking this is “fake news,” let me remind you I’m a Border Collie, the most intelligent of dogs, and not only do I read, write, and post reviews, I also watch your Netflix when you’re at work. I mean, you don’t expect me to watch the dandelions grow all day while you’re gone, do you? So on to the book. Science Comics: Dogs is full of interesting details on everything about a dog’s life. From the way a dog smells (Did you know we have two smellers? I bet you didn’t!) to the way humans affect dog genetics and evolution, this book has it all. Rudy, the dog who is your guide, loves ball, just like I do, and he’ll help you travel back in time to witness early dog-human collaboration, take you to Russia to observe Silver Fox breeding experiments, and even show you dog DNA. My human is a science teacher and she would do well to buy this book for her classes because everything a middle school life science student needs to know is in here. Heck, if I had a credit card, I’d buy her a class set. Then maybe she’d get home a little earlier and play more ball. If your human is smart, they’ll fetch this book from the bookstore before you can say WOOF.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Hi-Lo Non-fictionTarget Audience: 4-12th GradeSummary:This graphic novel addresses evolution, genetics, natural selection through the story of how dogs evolved from wolf-like animals to our beloved pets. Strengths & Weaknesses: Dogs approaches some very complicated subjects in an easy, narrative way. The scientific ideas flow naturally from one to the next, as the narrator (a dog named Rudy) explains different aspects of dogs' history and anatomy to the reader. Evolution and natural selectio Hi-Lo Non-fictionTarget Audience: 4-12th GradeSummary:This graphic novel addresses evolution, genetics, natural selection through the story of how dogs evolved from wolf-like animals to our beloved pets. Strengths & Weaknesses: Dogs approaches some very complicated subjects in an easy, narrative way. The scientific ideas flow naturally from one to the next, as the narrator (a dog named Rudy) explains different aspects of dogs' history and anatomy to the reader. Evolution and natural selection become easy to understand when explained through dogs. Using adorable, cartoon dogs is a good way to gain and keep the audience's attention. The author also makes good use of humor to keep the reading simple and entertaining. Personal critique: While this graphic novel might not be in depth enough for students trying to pass a Biology AP, it would a great introduction to genetics and evolution younger students or a gateway book for older students to understand the broader ideas presented. The explanations were really clear and concise and I really enjoyed the artwork. Illustrations: Color Illustrations .Notable awards:NoneLesson Planning: This would be a great companion text for high school students in biology who need explanations of genetics and evolution at a lower reading level.
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  • Roger
    January 1, 1970
    Fun educational, cutting-edge scientific information!I am very surprised with this book, scientific information about the origin of dogs is very well explained for children and adolescents. The part of genetics and evolution goes deep and touches enough detail to make clear the most important aspects. It was even educational for me, the latest research data on breeding and the discovery of behavioral traits associated with various morphological traits were unknown to me.It also includes fun expl Fun educational, cutting-edge scientific information!I am very surprised with this book, scientific information about the origin of dogs is very well explained for children and adolescents. The part of genetics and evolution goes deep and touches enough detail to make clear the most important aspects. It was even educational for me, the latest research data on breeding and the discovery of behavioral traits associated with various morphological traits were unknown to me.It also includes fun explanations about the vision of dogs, their ears, their barking, and their powerful smell that can detect diseases in humans. In their genes they have the ability to read human body expressions and respond to them like no other species, they actually communicate with us!Our friendly playful friends are the most widespread mammal species on Earth along with humans for 5000 years, plus you'll also find information on how humans have created hundreds of breeds and traits about their body language to better understand your companion dog. Surely it is a species that will companion us when we go to live to the moon or other planets!My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    These Science Comics are always fun as well as informative, and this one, focusing on canines, will be a hit with animal lovers. As a dog named Rudy heads outdoors with his human companion, he takes readers on a journey of discovery in which they learn about the bond between humans and dogs and how dogs evolved to the point they are now. It's a pretty entertaining way to learn about genetics and Punnett squares as well as evolution and natural selection. I'd often wondered about how breeders ope These Science Comics are always fun as well as informative, and this one, focusing on canines, will be a hit with animal lovers. As a dog named Rudy heads outdoors with his human companion, he takes readers on a journey of discovery in which they learn about the bond between humans and dogs and how dogs evolved to the point they are now. It's a pretty entertaining way to learn about genetics and Punnett squares as well as evolution and natural selection. I'd often wondered about how breeders operate and the dangers of a closed population of a species, and I got several of my questions answered here. The use of a graphic novel format makes the information visual and easy to swallow while also amusing readers as Rudy keeps chasing that yellow tennis ball that he loves so much. The book takes Rudy and readers back to prehistoric times, makes a stop in the office of Charles Darwin, and also lands in Siberia in 1959 where Dmitri Belyaev is experimenting with silver foxes to learn more about domestication of animals. This is a slim volume, but I learned more for it than I did from some of my science classes in high school and college. I also have a whole new appreciation for dogs.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Hirsch, Andy Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector, 120 pages. NON-FICTION/GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2017. $20. Content: G. This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different Hirsch, Andy Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector, 120 pages. NON-FICTION/GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2017. $20. Content: G. This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different breeds of dogs. This book is fascinating! I’m not a dog person, but I couldn’t put this book down. This book is science heavy with entertaining illustrations to explain the scientific processes. The vocabulary and depth of the content make this more appropriate for middle school and it would work great in a biology unit. The cover is appealing and I’m sure elementary kids would pick it up based on that, but once they started to read it I think they would get discouraged by the high reading level. MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson. https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different breeds of dogs. This book is fascinating! I’m not a dog person, but I couldn’t put this book down. This book is science heavy with entert This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different breeds of dogs. This book is fascinating! I’m not a dog person, but I couldn’t put this book down. This book is science heavy with entertaining illustrations to explain the scientific processes. The vocabulary and depth of the content make this more appropriate for middle school and it would work great in a biology unit. The cover is appealing and I’m sure elementary kids would pick it up based on that, but once they started to read it I think they would get discouraged by the high reading level. This book is also reviewed on Kiss the Book blog.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Don't be fooled by the word "Comics" in the title or by the host Rudy who is chasing a ball throughout the narrative: this book is straight-up science at its best. Some of the topics include genetics, evolution, color vision, olfactory processes, cognition, behavioral traits. By presenting complex scientific concepts using vivid illustrations, humor, and clear text, the author presents material that students will encounter and remember in future science classes. Dog lovers will come away from th Don't be fooled by the word "Comics" in the title or by the host Rudy who is chasing a ball throughout the narrative: this book is straight-up science at its best. Some of the topics include genetics, evolution, color vision, olfactory processes, cognition, behavioral traits. By presenting complex scientific concepts using vivid illustrations, humor, and clear text, the author presents material that students will encounter and remember in future science classes. Dog lovers will come away from this book with a better understanding of their dogs' behaviors and abilities. I read it twice. (I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • Magy
    January 1, 1970
    Science Comics: Dogs is an entertaining way to learn a lot about dogs! The graphic novel style format combines with the delightful, time-travelling canine narrator Rudy. Rudy is full of dog and science facts, from classification to genetics to natural selection to domestication and more! Science Comics: Dogs is created in such a colorful and humorous way that the reader might not realize how densely packed the dog and science related facts are. You're just having too much fun learning and being Science Comics: Dogs is an entertaining way to learn a lot about dogs! The graphic novel style format combines with the delightful, time-travelling canine narrator Rudy. Rudy is full of dog and science facts, from classification to genetics to natural selection to domestication and more! Science Comics: Dogs is created in such a colorful and humorous way that the reader might not realize how densely packed the dog and science related facts are. You're just having too much fun learning and being entertained at the same time!*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Very well done, a (reasonably) accessible introduction to genetics. I felt the focus of the book was more on genetics than it was on dogs, more that it was using dogs as a specific example of genetics rather than being about dogs in general, but that might have been my own expectations of the book. It was definitely felt more intense than some of the other Science Comics series we have read. I ended up doing this one as a read-aloud to my first grader, whereas some of the others he has read on h Very well done, a (reasonably) accessible introduction to genetics. I felt the focus of the book was more on genetics than it was on dogs, more that it was using dogs as a specific example of genetics rather than being about dogs in general, but that might have been my own expectations of the book. It was definitely felt more intense than some of the other Science Comics series we have read. I ended up doing this one as a read-aloud to my first grader, whereas some of the others he has read on his own. We both enjoyed it, and I learned a lot. I'm pretty sure large chunks of it went over his head, but you never know what's going to stick and help to create understanding later.
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  • Bethe
    January 1, 1970
    Bookaday #35. I adore the Science Comics series. Of course the one about dogs is a favorite! So many topics: Genetics, evolution, inherited and behavioral traits, jobs dogs do & are bred for, breeds, communication, circadian rhythm, some of these are very scientifically dense, I skimmed over some of them, a young reader may also.Love the time references: Walk o’clock, dinner o’clock, play o’clock. Also love the pitch for shelter adoptions. Dallas illustrator and credits to Richardson humane Bookaday #35. I adore the Science Comics series. Of course the one about dogs is a favorite! So many topics: Genetics, evolution, inherited and behavioral traits, jobs dogs do & are bred for, breeds, communication, circadian rhythm, some of these are very scientifically dense, I skimmed over some of them, a young reader may also.Love the time references: Walk o’clock, dinner o’clock, play o’clock. Also love the pitch for shelter adoptions. Dallas illustrator and credits to Richardson humane society and Plano PL
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    A lecture on genetics and biology thinly disguised by super-cute comic pups. Speaking for the science-averse, I feel there were not quite enough super-cute comic pups to make the genetics and biology go down easy. My favorite segment--about that amazing "Sultan of Smells, Master of Musks, the Ol' Fart Detector: The Nose!"--left me wanting to know more about the workings of their superpowered sniffer. But it was worth the read for two moments of hilarity: the pug (stubborn mystery of science) and A lecture on genetics and biology thinly disguised by super-cute comic pups. Speaking for the science-averse, I feel there were not quite enough super-cute comic pups to make the genetics and biology go down easy. My favorite segment--about that amazing "Sultan of Smells, Master of Musks, the Ol' Fart Detector: The Nose!"--left me wanting to know more about the workings of their superpowered sniffer. But it was worth the read for two moments of hilarity: the pug (stubborn mystery of science) and the discovery of the Carolina dog (with a great visual gag).
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    wow, what a terrific entry in the Science Comics series. I love dogs, so I especially thought of my own dog as I read this. The whole beginning about genetics and how traits are passed on is very interesting (and how dogs and wolves are related) and really the whole idea of breeds was fascinating. I loved reading about the dog's senses and abilities. highly recommended for all dog lovers, plus people who just like to read really interesting facts (with adorable illustrations of frolicking dogs.)
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Packed full of facts about how dogs originated from the wild, were domesticated, developed various traits, strengthened certain characteristics based on their jobs and much more. Facts are shared in an interesting manner and in such a way that upper elementary and middle school students should be able to understand the science behind it. A very comprehensive volume, in graphic novel form, for kids who want to learn more of the science behind their favorite pet. Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC o Packed full of facts about how dogs originated from the wild, were domesticated, developed various traits, strengthened certain characteristics based on their jobs and much more. Facts are shared in an interesting manner and in such a way that upper elementary and middle school students should be able to understand the science behind it. A very comprehensive volume, in graphic novel form, for kids who want to learn more of the science behind their favorite pet. Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC of this graphic novel in return for my honest review.
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  • Dakota Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite entry in the Science Comics series thus far, and it's not just because I love dogs. To really understand dogs, Hirsch digs deep into the science of how dogs are made (genetics!) and why they initially latched onto us (history!). Plus, the framing story that follows a dog chasing a ball around the dog park is delightful and full of laughs. And the art! Each dog species is impressively drawn with anatomic accuracy, while also still being cartoony and fun.
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  • P.
    January 1, 1970
    Although the dogs are super cute, and there is a lot of information presented in a digestible way, it's still a lot of information, and so it's not the kind of comic that I'd recommend reading in one sitting. The genetics part in particular is very interesting, but not something to rush through. But it's much more fun and easy to follow than a straight prose nonfiction book, and does a really good job with so much to cover.
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  • Linda V
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley for the ARC to review.This entertaining and informative graphic novel explains the history of man's best friend! A background of genetics as pertaining to the breeding of dogs is broken down into an understandable manner. Various breeds and characteristics are explained in approachable terms with the aid of humorous illustrations. Due to the detailed scientific information it may be a bit beyond younger readers.
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  • Solana
    January 1, 1970
    The science comics series is one of my favourite things. They cover a wide array of topics and are ideal for kids ages 9-13.A graphic novel depicting the evolution of dogs from wild creatures to our best friends. With a basic introduction to genetics, this book will captivate dog lovers, young and old.
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  • Lisa Simmons
    January 1, 1970
    Non-fiction graphic novel about dogs. Lots of science here. As first-time, new dog owner I have special interest in the topic. I learned a lot and have re-read and shared some sections multiple times already. Recommend to those with affection for canines and/or anyone wanting clear, illustrated depiction of genetics and evolution.
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  • Fernanda Fadel
    January 1, 1970
    I won't give 5 stars because I found typos and editing mistakes in the last few pages.In general, nice drawings and based on actual science information,which is always neat. I do wish they would explain more about dog behaviour, which a lot of people(including dog owners) still misunderstand. They only covered the very basic of this topic. Mostly it covered genetics and domestication.
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