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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 pass 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! This volume: in Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.


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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 pass 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! This volume: in Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.

30 review for Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean

  1. 5 out of 5

    First Second Books

    Maris' wonderful cartoony art and super-awesome scientific knowledge combine for a great comic about the science of coral reefs in this graphic novel! This is wonderful first entry to First Second's Science Comics series. You'll fall in love with Maris' adorable fishes and never look back! (Also I love that the underwater fish narrator wears glasses! That's so great.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Clare Lund

    What a cool series! Highly engaging and informative for ages 8 and up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber (bookstacksamber)

    I bought this book along with me to babysit a few weeks ago, and as soon as the seven year old (let's call him Fox) saw it, he said, "No, not a chapter book!" I explained that it wasn't a chapter book, and opened up to a random page. His eyes got so big and he shouted, "It's a comic book!!!" He immediately demanded that we read it before bedtime. Here's what we thought... There is a wordy intro by a marine scientist that Fox wasn't interested in, but I read it myself after the kids went to bed an I bought this book along with me to babysit a few weeks ago, and as soon as the seven year old (let's call him Fox) saw it, he said, "No, not a chapter book!" I explained that it wasn't a chapter book, and opened up to a random page. His eyes got so big and he shouted, "It's a comic book!!!" He immediately demanded that we read it before bedtime. Here's what we thought... There is a wordy intro by a marine scientist that Fox wasn't interested in, but I read it myself after the kids went to bed and it's a great introduction to coral reefs and their importance. The illustrations are fun and entertaining.There is a little yellow fish with glasses that is basically the narrator/teacher of the book and Fox had fun finding him hidden in various panels throughout the book. The pictures have enough details to be realistic, but still cartoonish enough to keep kids interested. Full review on blog: https://bookstacksamber.wordpress.com...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harker

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour. The drawings in this book were the most charming part and it was quite fun to read it to my son. Now, given his age, I didn't read the exact text to him because it's definitely above his pay grade. Reading it myself, I found it very educational, though a bit steep in some parts considering the intended audience. It was in depth and luckily the artwork made the facts more palatable tha I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour. The drawings in this book were the most charming part and it was quite fun to read it to my son. Now, given his age, I didn't read the exact text to him because it's definitely above his pay grade. Reading it myself, I found it very educational, though a bit steep in some parts considering the intended audience. It was in depth and luckily the artwork made the facts more palatable than if they'd been straight text. There was such a variety of creatures. I was impressed by the amount of research that must have gone into this book. I am interested in reading some of the author's other works, as the detail was such that I'm sure she could make quite a few other subjects fun to learn about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reading is my Escape

    Coral Reefs     The Science Comics series uses the graphic novel format to inform kids (and adults) about popular topics. In this case, the topic is coral reefs. The narrator is a sassy yellow goby fish who explains the facts about coral reefs and their inhabitants. There is a wealth of information in this book, and it may be a bit much for younger kids. Then again, if they are interested in the subject, kids can remember a surprising number of facts. The illustrations are bright and beautiful, an Coral Reefs     The Science Comics series uses the graphic novel format to inform kids (and adults) about popular topics. In this case, the topic is coral reefs. The narrator is a sassy yellow goby fish who explains the facts about coral reefs and their inhabitants. There is a wealth of information in this book, and it may be a bit much for younger kids. Then again, if they are interested in the subject, kids can remember a surprising number of facts. The illustrations are bright and beautiful, and labeled diagrams are provided to help explain the facts. In the back of the book, readers will find a glossary, bibliography, and a list of additional resources. The book also gives information about conservation and real examples of what kids can do to help.   The book was a fun read and I learned a lot about coral reefs. 

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    for Beverly's club in Children's Books group, June 2020... I really liked this. A little bit choppy in places, and a little bit simplistic, but overall a good introduction to marine biology. I really appreciate that the author makes it very clear how important the health of the ocean and corals are (even to people who live inland and don't eat seafood), and how important it is to do science to know how best to take care of them. I learned that 'c' can be a silent letter, as in cnidarians.' Oceans a for Beverly's club in Children's Books group, June 2020... I really liked this. A little bit choppy in places, and a little bit simplistic, but overall a good introduction to marine biology. I really appreciate that the author makes it very clear how important the health of the ocean and corals are (even to people who live inland and don't eat seafood), and how important it is to do science to know how best to take care of them. I learned that 'c' can be a silent letter, as in cnidarians.' Oceans are much more important photosynthesizers than trees. Planting a tree is good, eliminating as much plastic as you possibly can from your purchases and routines is better. "By studying the immune system of other animals, humans can help better understand and strengthen their own. Corals produce chemicals called secosteroids that protect them against disease... [and in humans] can treat asthma and arthritis." Includes glossary, bibliography, further resources, and an appendix detailing a coral polyp. And I showed one panel to my 24 yo son and he sat down and looked at several pages, even doing further research on my tablet and learning stuff he didn't know... so that's a bonus star there. In fact, I believe that this series is probably very successful, because even though I wasn't particularly interested in the topic (after all, I do know the basics), I was engaged throughout. I definitely will try to find more in the series. I do have the one about dogs to read next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Such an informative book. I love the illustrations and colors used. I love that a little fish is the narrator and takes you on an awesome journey through coral reefs and some of its inhabitants. Probably my favorite Science Comic I have read so far.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jolene Yaksich

    Wonderful book for kids to read amazing information about coral reefs with great illustrations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)

    Well, I will be the first to admit that I have never really had much of an interest in coral reefs. To me they were just a thing in the ocean. I don't even know if I ever really considered them to be a plant, an animal, or even alive. Needless to say, I really didn't know very much about them and what little I had learned way back when I was a kid had obviously been forgotten. Not any more though. This book is full of information! And it is put into an easy and fun format. I definitely learned a l Well, I will be the first to admit that I have never really had much of an interest in coral reefs. To me they were just a thing in the ocean. I don't even know if I ever really considered them to be a plant, an animal, or even alive. Needless to say, I really didn't know very much about them and what little I had learned way back when I was a kid had obviously been forgotten. Not any more though. This book is full of information! And it is put into an easy and fun format. I definitely learned a lot while reading through this "comic." That being said though, there was a lot to learn in this one little book. It is something I could read multiple times over and still have more in there to learn and to commit to memory. I was actually pretty surprised by how much information was put into this book and I am pretty sure it is only the very tip of the ice berg when it comes to information on coral reefs and the things that live within them. This book though, is not entirely information. It is done in a comic book style. The "teacher" is a tiny little fish. He cracks quite a few jokes while telling you all about coral reefs which helps to keep the whole thing light and entertaining even though you are learning. And then there is the artwork. It is very bright and fun to look at. All in all, Coral Reefs is a very nicely done book filled with a lot of information. This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    A fun and informational introduction to coral reefs, this book contains TONS of science info. Maris Wicks does a great job of starting from the beginning with each subject, whether it's the difference between animals & plants when introducing the reader to coral or what climate change is when talking about how the environment affects coral reefs. Even kids who think they know a lot about coral reefs and the ocean will probably learn something new from this book.... and they will enjoy doing it! A fun and informational introduction to coral reefs, this book contains TONS of science info. Maris Wicks does a great job of starting from the beginning with each subject, whether it's the difference between animals & plants when introducing the reader to coral or what climate change is when talking about how the environment affects coral reefs. Even kids who think they know a lot about coral reefs and the ocean will probably learn something new from this book.... and they will enjoy doing it! Wicks's cute, cartoony style is a great medium for the information. She puts in lots of funny little asides and cute, humorous illustrations. One of my favorites is an illustration of flowers "eatin' up the SEE-OH-TOO"/"fartin' out the oxygen". The book is filled with funny little things like that that will keep readers laughing and poring over the illustrations for more. Highly recommended for kids who like informational comics or who are interested in science and/or oceans. (Also: I LOVE the idea of the Science Comics series! If all the installments are as entertaining and informative as this one, we are in for a real treat!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Wicks and First Second has done the world of children's literature a favor by creating these Science Comics that highlight fascinating information about the world. The bright, colorful illustrations are bound to attract loads of young readers and the fascinating facts and funny narrator (a fish) are bound to keep them turning the pages. This short quick read was surprisingly full of information and may lead young readers into seeking out other books on the same topic. A fabulous choice for child Wicks and First Second has done the world of children's literature a favor by creating these Science Comics that highlight fascinating information about the world. The bright, colorful illustrations are bound to attract loads of young readers and the fascinating facts and funny narrator (a fish) are bound to keep them turning the pages. This short quick read was surprisingly full of information and may lead young readers into seeking out other books on the same topic. A fabulous choice for children who enjoy both comic books and the natural world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Orsino

    This is a GREAT resource and nonfiction book. Students will be thrilled to find the nonfiction genre delivered through the graphic novel medium. The humor and illustrations will grab the attention of any reader. I can't wait to continue reading this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Outstanding science information and a playful tone. Must-own for classroom and school libraries.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    What a great idea it is to make comics about interesting scientific subjects. Why is it a great idea? Well, a lot of kids have interest in dinosaurs, bats and dogs, for instance, but don’t necessarily want to read a nonfiction or picture book about them. What happens is that picture books are usually very short, so they cover the basics only, and the more common book format can be challenging (and less fun). I, for one, enjoy discussing animals and scientific phenomena, but the quickest way to ma What a great idea it is to make comics about interesting scientific subjects. Why is it a great idea? Well, a lot of kids have interest in dinosaurs, bats and dogs, for instance, but don’t necessarily want to read a nonfiction or picture book about them. What happens is that picture books are usually very short, so they cover the basics only, and the more common book format can be challenging (and less fun). I, for one, enjoy discussing animals and scientific phenomena, but the quickest way to make me leave your presence is by throwing a scientific book at me. I tried to love science for a fairly long time (took classes until I was 19), but science and I just do not click. Comics and I do, however, click, so it’s like a common ground. I must admit I never really thought about coral reefs before. I knew they existed and that they were quite lovely, but I had no idea they were so important to the ecosystem. But it makes sense. Everything in this comic makes sense. This is another reason why I cannot read lengthy science books: they hardly ever make sense to me. I always have so many questions, which is why I prefer discussing to reading. But Maris Wicks predicted most of my questions. It’s a really good overview of coral reefs. I was surprised to learn that coral reefs act as houses for fish, big and small. They protect them from bigger predators and help them catch prey, depending. And I was delighted to learn that their colour was not theirs—it’s given to them by one of their inhabitants. I hope all school libraries have acquired this series of comics, because it’s that accessible and engaging. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Each title in this series focuses on providing the reader with a complete introduction to basic scientific topics, and is brought to you by a different creative team. The subjects are written and drawn with care to be engaging, readable and presented in a way that is accessible to readers of all ages while remaining firmly based in scientific fact. For example, the volume Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers uses a recurring theme of how humans interact with or interpret fossils through time. Sometim Each title in this series focuses on providing the reader with a complete introduction to basic scientific topics, and is brought to you by a different creative team. The subjects are written and drawn with care to be engaging, readable and presented in a way that is accessible to readers of all ages while remaining firmly based in scientific fact. For example, the volume Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers uses a recurring theme of how humans interact with or interpret fossils through time. Sometimes those interpretations are proven wrong, such as when the scientific minds of a certain time thought they had found proof of the existence of dragons. Other times scientists find the evidence they need to prove a theory, such as the belief that iguanodons walked on their hind legs, through the discovery of new fossils. The focus on the development of scientific thought through the gathering of evidence over time mixed with the clear presentation of engaging facts make these books wonderful supplements to science curricula.

  16. 4 out of 5

    SaraKat

    I have to admit, I found this boring and dry and more like reading an encyclopedia than what I was expecting. I read another in this series (about dinosaurs) first and it was so good that I was expecting more from this one. Putting a cartoon fish in the book and having it make really terrible jokes the whole times doesn't jazz up an encyclopedia. I feel like the content is for an older age than would enjoy the cartoony, juvenile humor. And I found one portion unforgivable. The author presented a I have to admit, I found this boring and dry and more like reading an encyclopedia than what I was expecting. I read another in this series (about dinosaurs) first and it was so good that I was expecting more from this one. Putting a cartoon fish in the book and having it make really terrible jokes the whole times doesn't jazz up an encyclopedia. I feel like the content is for an older age than would enjoy the cartoony, juvenile humor. And I found one portion unforgivable. The author presented an example of a coral reef food web and added in arrows facing the wrong direction! This is a tough thing to get into students' heads, so I never appreciate an informational book that undoes my work. It also doesn't include domains in the section on classification, which is odd, because every other scrap of information in the world IS included.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jes

    These Science comics are a lot of fun and this was a fast paced topic, which is impressive if you take a look at how much ground it covers. Animal Kingdoms and Phylums are kind of where I'm interested in improving my knowledge of (just because I think it'd be cool). This book introduced lots of complex concepts in a silly, easy to grasp dialogue. My biggest criticism is the lack of calling out the biggest perpetrators of pollution and contributions to climate change: factory farming. Without a m These Science comics are a lot of fun and this was a fast paced topic, which is impressive if you take a look at how much ground it covers. Animal Kingdoms and Phylums are kind of where I'm interested in improving my knowledge of (just because I think it'd be cool). This book introduced lots of complex concepts in a silly, easy to grasp dialogue. My biggest criticism is the lack of calling out the biggest perpetrators of pollution and contributions to climate change: factory farming. Without a massive overhaul of the way we farm and treat agriculture in the present, we're looking at a lot more dire circumstances down the road. All the recycling and waste reduction in the world can't make as big a contribution to action against climate change as voting for policy and reaching out to the public who are unaware. I recommend this book to curious kids of all ages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Having read the graphic novel "Primates" by the same illustrator, I dove into the other science comics that she has written & illustrated, starting with this one. While a lot of the scientific concepts are simplified (obviously), the accessibility of big ideas - coral bleaching, climate change, ocean acidification - makes this a really great starting point for those interested in coral reefs and their impact on us all, even if we live thousands of miles from the ocean itself! 77 Definitely a powe Having read the graphic novel "Primates" by the same illustrator, I dove into the other science comics that she has written & illustrated, starting with this one. While a lot of the scientific concepts are simplified (obviously), the accessibility of big ideas - coral bleaching, climate change, ocean acidification - makes this a really great starting point for those interested in coral reefs and their impact on us all, even if we live thousands of miles from the ocean itself! 77 Definitely a powerful book for young readers, and adults, too! Narrated by a small goby fish in a really big ocean, hijinks ensue!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    The Science Comics are a great way of providing really detailed information in a visually detailed way. The level of content and scientific terms means these could easily be used by high school students. Reading it with someone younger, think about dipping in and out of the book with the parts that interest them and talking about the pictures. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out eve The Science Comics are a great way of providing really detailed information in a visually detailed way. The level of content and scientific terms means these could easily be used by high school students. Reading it with someone younger, think about dipping in and out of the book with the parts that interest them and talking about the pictures. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    What better way to explain the cities of the ocean aka coral reefs than with a gorgeously designed graphic novel by Wicks who is a master graphic novelist. Then you add a layer of awesome research with a goby narrator with a sense of humor and you've got the best kind of science comic-- one that is equally informative and entertaining. Wicks details the science of its creation and maintenance and also how it's threatened, spending quite a bit of time introducing readers to the various organisms What better way to explain the cities of the ocean aka coral reefs than with a gorgeously designed graphic novel by Wicks who is a master graphic novelist. Then you add a layer of awesome research with a goby narrator with a sense of humor and you've got the best kind of science comic-- one that is equally informative and entertaining. Wicks details the science of its creation and maintenance and also how it's threatened, spending quite a bit of time introducing readers to the various organisms that lives inside of it which is why its a great break from the science at the beginning and advocacy asked by the end. Perfect science comic addition by First Second (which is fabulous anyway!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Leal

    4 Stars Genre: Informational A unique feature about this book is that it is all informational in comic book form. It is full of a TON of information, but instead of reading it in a text book, it is more fun because it is like a comic book. I can't believe how much information they were able to put in this book! Grades: 3-8 Date Completed: November 20

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    A fun graphic novel jam-packed with information. The book explains coral reefs, the animals that live there complete with Latin names, the water cycle, the food chain and much more. Perfect for my many budding marine biologists.

  23. 4 out of 5

    MaryBeth

    Very clear introduction to coral reefs, as well as some basic science concepts like the classification system of living things, the water cycle, and climate. The illustrations are detailed. The humor in this book will appeal to readers in the middle grades.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tia Garrigues

    Informative with cute drawings of the ocean species that make up coral reefs. This book also explains scientific classification and the world's dependency on coral reefs. A very good (read: not boring) science book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Students who enjoy graphic novels will be drawn to this nonfiction version. All about Coral Reefs, students will be able to read this in comic book fashion, but also gain knowledge about how coral reefs are formed, what animals live there, where they are located, and much more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I learned so much about coral reefs in such a fun way. The graphic novel format was enjoyable, the narrator was humorous, and the facts were very interesting. It made me want to learn more about coral reefs and the ocean. I also look forward to reading more books in the Science Comics series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rose

    This was a great book. Fun, informative, and fantastic illustrations. It was shelved in the teen section in my library and I don’t understand why. It would be great if they had two copies and could shelve it there and in the children’s section because I think it’s a good read for all ages.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Information on what coral is, coral's ecosystem, and how global warming is destroying coral- also includes introduction to many types of sea life according to classification, coral research, and what we can do to save the coral.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a cute look into the coral reef for middle grade kids. It has big words, but I think most kids would just ignore those and get the gist of what it's saying. There are cute, funny parts like flowers "fartin' out the oxygen". Kids like that kind of stuff!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maximilian Lee

    I liked this book because I love ocean animals. I also liked this book because the ocean gives us 70% of our air.

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