Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cheers to comics!!!

  1. Earth science
    Field of study
  2. Earth science or Geoscience is an all-embracing term referring to the fields of science dealing with planet Earth. It is arguably a special branch of planetary science, though with a much older history. Wikipedia

Today's featured book:

Title:  The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic
Author:  Kanani K.M. Lee
Illustrator:  Adam Wallenta
Ages:  8+

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

My take on the book:

I am definitely not good at Science...or math..... and I presume I am not alone in that category   This book is refreshing and makes things a lot more understandable for people like me.  It would be a welcome addition to a classroom or library and I am sure that class of "I don't get it "(like me), would happily pick up a kid-friendly version of a science lesson and enjoy the experience of being taught through a fun, comic-book format.  If you even said to me what do you think about plate tectonics, I would stare blankly at you and reach for my iPad to Google the term immediately and then get back to you.  

This book is interesting and informative and presented in full-colour for your child's viewing pleasure.  Who doesn't love super heroes and the incredible feats that they can perform?  Geo is a school-age kid with a robot dog named Rocky.  The two of them time travel and their adventures teach them about the formation of the continents through drifting tectonic plates.  The timeline goes from 200 million years ago to the present time.  In the beginning the plates were fused together and formed a humungous land mass dubbed "Pangea".  As time marched on this land mass broke into the seven continents that we know of today.  An interesting fact is that these plates continue to move ever slowly, "at just about the speed fingernails grow."

Other great things that kids will learn is the cause of earthquakes, the make-up of the Earth's centre, and the formation of islands out of volcano eruptions.  Sometimes stuffy textbooks seem boring to kids so this perfect, action-packed book can be used as a back-up should that problem appear.  This comic has been billed as "an amazing, Earth-shattering adventure!' and they were right on the money.  Kids will be scrambling to be first in line to swap their boring encyclopedia or text book for this lively substitute and be reluctant to pass it on when they are finished.   

To see some of the comic pages you can access the company's website:


About the author/ illustrator:

Dr. Kanani K.M. Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale university.  Adam Wallenta is an illustrator, colourist, and writer who has worked for companies such as Marvel Comics, DC Entertainment, and more.  They live near New Haven , Connecticut, with their son.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have an awesome day everyone.

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