Published by First Second on June 11th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
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Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
Plot: I used to love reading nonfiction, but fell out of practice in adulthood. I really love graphic nonfiction because it really brings the stories and facts to life. I love the way this graphic novel approached the lives of these scientists, bringing them to life through the stories that made them famous. Also, I felt like the stories let us know the scientists as people as well.
Characters: The three characters were all so different and the way they approached their work showed their true character. I would love to learn more about these three after reading this book. I feel like Jane Goodall is a well known name but the other two not as much. I can see readers wanting to know more about the lives and research of these scientists.
Graphics: The graphics were very well illustrated and brought to life the stories and characters. I felt like I was transported back to their time and lives with this graphic novel thanks to the quality of illustrations.
Final Verdict: A fantastic graphic novel that takes an approach to nonfiction that will engage readers and make them want to learn more.