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In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leap In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leaping? Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, robots, and more. 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!


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In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leap In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leaping? Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, robots, and more. 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!

30 review for Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diz

    This comic introduces kids to everything that they might want to know about cats. It covers the evolution and domestication of cats. There is a lot of information about the physical and psychological characteristics of cats as well. The art is really attractive and it deals with some of the more violent aspects of the nature of cats in a comical way. In one scene where a big cat it taking down large prey, the prey itself lifts up its head and makes a comment about how the artist shouldn't show t This comic introduces kids to everything that they might want to know about cats. It covers the evolution and domestication of cats. There is a lot of information about the physical and psychological characteristics of cats as well. The art is really attractive and it deals with some of the more violent aspects of the nature of cats in a comical way. In one scene where a big cat it taking down large prey, the prey itself lifts up its head and makes a comment about how the artist shouldn't show the details because kids are reading it. Pretty funny! Even though the target audience of this book is kids, I think adults who love cats would really appreciate it as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Fun, cute, and silly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is another great addition to the Science Comics series. This book features wonderful illustrations with great information about how cats came to be the extremely popular pets we know and love. Bean, our narrator, is an adorable calico cat. By going back to the beginning of their appearance on earth, Bean teaches the readers about wild cats and domesticated cats. Even the evolution and genetic mutations and breeding of cats was shared in an interesting and somewhat humorous way. The informat This is another great addition to the Science Comics series. This book features wonderful illustrations with great information about how cats came to be the extremely popular pets we know and love. Bean, our narrator, is an adorable calico cat. By going back to the beginning of their appearance on earth, Bean teaches the readers about wild cats and domesticated cats. Even the evolution and genetic mutations and breeding of cats was shared in an interesting and somewhat humorous way. The information is interesting and presented in such a manner as to be accessible to both children and adults. It touches on behavior, genetics, evolution, habitats, and domestication/ It also shared what makes cats special, and answers some of the basic cat questions. How do their ears work? Why are their tongues like that? How do they always land on their feet? I was fascinated by the description and illustrations of how the "righting reflex" works. The discussion of nature vs nurture when it came to hunting was also quite interesting. The graphics are well done. They are colourful, a good mix of realistic and cartoony, and well used to help move the narrative along visually. Although this book is geared to children ages 8 and up, as an adult, I also found it quite interesting. This book would be a great addition to a classroom, school or public library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Well, this was cute and educational. I love cats. I love science. So, when I saw this on Netgalley it was a no-brainer to request a free ARC, and fortunately it was granted. I was unfamiliar with this series, so I went in blind, but the art was great, the biological and evolutionary science information was accessible, yet not overly dumbed down (as a PhD student who has taken a lot of science, I didn't feel like it was overly simple, but it would make sense to the masses, too), and it was a good Well, this was cute and educational. I love cats. I love science. So, when I saw this on Netgalley it was a no-brainer to request a free ARC, and fortunately it was granted. I was unfamiliar with this series, so I went in blind, but the art was great, the biological and evolutionary science information was accessible, yet not overly dumbed down (as a PhD student who has taken a lot of science, I didn't feel like it was overly simple, but it would make sense to the masses, too), and it was a good length. The educational aspects were told within a clever story of an alley cat turned famous cat, which was a cute idea. The only thing I didn't love was that the story could've been more developed. I read most of it in one day and then came back to it the next day, and I thought I had accidentally jumped forward a bunch in my document because it was suddenly at the end and felt like a piece was missing. I went back a few pages to check if I had skipped something, and I hadn't. So, the ending was a bit abrupt. But that said, I loved it and I learned something new, so all in all, works for me. Thanks Netgalley for the e-ARC!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I read an ARC from First Second via NetGalley. I have read several books from the Science Comics series and some are better than others. This “cats” addition was a solid addition that was cute and informative. The illustrations were vibrant and I learned some new things about my favorite little carnivorous hunting machines. Middle school me would have loved this as a kid. I wanted a little more about the history of cats, but alas this is the science of cats, so it covered traits, genetics, domes I read an ARC from First Second via NetGalley. I have read several books from the Science Comics series and some are better than others. This “cats” addition was a solid addition that was cute and informative. The illustrations were vibrant and I learned some new things about my favorite little carnivorous hunting machines. Middle school me would have loved this as a kid. I wanted a little more about the history of cats, but alas this is the science of cats, so it covered traits, genetics, domestication, breeding, etc. in a fun way. It has a nice intro in the front and a glossary with reference materials in the back. Best for grades 3-8.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    This book is from of the Science Comics series which explores information about different science subjects including, dinosaurs, bats, dogs, robots and drones, the brain, trees, rockets, sharks and more. This book “Cats” is about cats giving information about cats abilities, physical characteristics, behaviors, and why cats are the way they are from an evolutionary perspective. The book is narrated by Bean, a famous calico house cat, who is telling her personal story using the information about This book is from of the Science Comics series which explores information about different science subjects including, dinosaurs, bats, dogs, robots and drones, the brain, trees, rockets, sharks and more. This book “Cats” is about cats giving information about cats abilities, physical characteristics, behaviors, and why cats are the way they are from an evolutionary perspective. The book is narrated by Bean, a famous calico house cat, who is telling her personal story using the information about cats to help explain her behavior and situation. The book also explores the fascinating area of nature vs. nurture and how this effects cats behaviors. Also the book talks about the cats relationship with humans and how that has changed over the years. In addition to being highly informative, the also book was humorous, well told and creatively drawn. The author blended the story line and information about the subject seamlessly creating a prefect blend of information and entertainment. I would highly recommend reading this book and others in the series. Because of the depth and complexity of topics covered in this book, the book is more appropriate for middle school and high school readers. Though 5th graders, particularly the advanced readers and those interested in science, could also read this book because the comic book format and well explained text would help provide support. In the classroom, this book would be an excellent resource for students who are doing research on cats. Other books in the series would also be great for information research on other subjects. As an alternative to writing an informational research paper students could also create their own informational comic books on various subjects modeled after this book. I chose this book for my information wow book for all the reasons above but especially because it was such and ingenues way to present information and was so much fun to read. I have stayed up late reading books from this series many times since I picked them up. My other favorite was the book on trees. It was about an acorn who was not sure he wanted to be a tree. I would highly recommend reading books in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Narrated by a cat, this book provides a look at cat’s physical traits, habits, abilities and preferences, and genetics (with a little lesson on genetics and how that relates to domestic vs wild cats and different cat breeds). A nice graphic novel creatively told but very informational that tells you all about cats. I would’ve gobbled this up as a cat-obsessed middle grader or teen. I still enjoyed it. The science is very solid, and this would be an especially good supplemental read for anyone stu Narrated by a cat, this book provides a look at cat’s physical traits, habits, abilities and preferences, and genetics (with a little lesson on genetics and how that relates to domestic vs wild cats and different cat breeds). A nice graphic novel creatively told but very informational that tells you all about cats. I would’ve gobbled this up as a cat-obsessed middle grader or teen. I still enjoyed it. The science is very solid, and this would be an especially good supplemental read for anyone studying high school biology genetics. (The vocabulary may throw some unfamiliar with terms like genotype, phenotype, etc. Having taught more HS biology classes on genetics than I can count over the years I got things right away, but I know the average reader won’t. I’d venture a guess that the average middle grade or teen reader would skim that part, get some things but not much (unless they’ve already gone over these terms a few times), still enjoy the book, but would need more in depth teaching to really get what is being talked about. In my experience phenotype and genotype tend to boil the brains of average teens, and they need several different examples of each and how they relate to really understand.) This would be a great resource for someone doing a report on cats, a fantastic read for a curious reader, something a cat lover would swoon over, and an informative read appealing to graphic novel readers who may not normally touch nonfiction. Notes on content [based on ARC]: Some discussion of predation but nothing super gory on page. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, robots, and more. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for ae I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, robots, and more. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for aeroplanes, these books are for you! In Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger and find out what makes your neighbourhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leaping? I love cats --- I really do. My two beasts are comical, to say the least ... one is an OCD licker and the other, is, well, a calico. There is so much to learn about them in this book: it is well written and the illustrations adorable. This is another great book in the series .... as a librarian, I highly recommend the entire series for your kids or any curious humans in your life. Why give stars when you can give 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one, a much-needed addition to the Science Comics collection, focuses on felines and their innate nature. Guided by Bean, once a stray kitten living by her wits on the streets and now an Internet star--a nod to all those cat videos posted online--readers travel to various parts of the world to meet different types of cats to learn what they have in common and how they differ from one another. Much of the book explores whether cats truly are domesticated since they are equipped with various This one, a much-needed addition to the Science Comics collection, focuses on felines and their innate nature. Guided by Bean, once a stray kitten living by her wits on the streets and now an Internet star--a nod to all those cat videos posted online--readers travel to various parts of the world to meet different types of cats to learn what they have in common and how they differ from one another. Much of the book explores whether cats truly are domesticated since they are equipped with various tools that allows them to fend for themselves if necessary. And it just might be possible that they have trained us instead of the other way around. As the book and foreword acknowledge, cats are essentially predators designed to hunt. This makes sense when we consider much of their behavior. Although I loved cats before reading this book, I came away from it feeling even more impressed by my feline friends. One of the most interesting parts of the book concerned how cats behave toward other animals with whom they've been raised. Even when the species is one that most cats would regard as a natural enemy or even prey, for instance, a rat, they tend to treat the animal as a sibling. Perhaps there is a solid lesson for all of us in this behavior and awareness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone who has or loves cats! I've lived with them for most of my life and I still learned tons. This comic isn't just a fact dump; we follow the story of Bean, a homeless kitten turned internet celebrity, as she explains how her rise from survival to super-stardom couldn't have happened without her keen predatory instincts (nature) and ability to adapt to social environments from solitude to kitty crowds to beloved pet (nurture). It's a super cute way to get ton Absolutely essential reading for anyone who has or loves cats! I've lived with them for most of my life and I still learned tons. This comic isn't just a fact dump; we follow the story of Bean, a homeless kitten turned internet celebrity, as she explains how her rise from survival to super-stardom couldn't have happened without her keen predatory instincts (nature) and ability to adapt to social environments from solitude to kitty crowds to beloved pet (nurture). It's a super cute way to get tons of information--and answers to so many questions I've had over the years but had just written off as adorable, inexplicable quirks. For those of you more canine-inclined, Andy Hirsch has also done a Science Comic about dogs. I haven't read that one, but I'd been looking forward to Cats ever since it first came up in the metadata audit seven months ago. I am delighted to say that it's so much more interesting and wonderful than I even expected. Go forth and learn!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Excellent! An informative look at cats and domestication. I liked this one a lot more than the Science Comics: Dogs, I think they had a much better handle on the potential audience. The science was more upper elementary than the high-school genetics in Dogs, with a focus on cats in particular, and only touching on the broader concept of nature/nurture, which I thought was an appropriate choice. The framing story of a stray cat narrating her life story was also well-thought out and provided natur Excellent! An informative look at cats and domestication. I liked this one a lot more than the Science Comics: Dogs, I think they had a much better handle on the potential audience. The science was more upper elementary than the high-school genetics in Dogs, with a focus on cats in particular, and only touching on the broader concept of nature/nurture, which I thought was an appropriate choice. The framing story of a stray cat narrating her life story was also well-thought out and provided natural segues into the science without wrenching us from story to science and back again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Scheid

    Written for a juvenile audience, Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture is an informative, beautifully illustrated, and adorable comic that can be read by all ages. The story line follows Bean, a little calico kitten, as she explains all that she knows about cats and how she came to be a viral hit. When I saw this come across my desk at work I knew I had to check it out. Even though I have had cats all my life, I learned a great deal from reading this book. This is a great read for all the ca Written for a juvenile audience, Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture is an informative, beautifully illustrated, and adorable comic that can be read by all ages. The story line follows Bean, a little calico kitten, as she explains all that she knows about cats and how she came to be a viral hit. When I saw this come across my desk at work I knew I had to check it out. Even though I have had cats all my life, I learned a great deal from reading this book. This is a great read for all the cat lovers out there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    R

    If you are an animal lover, especially cats, then you’ll enjoy this graphic book. It is packed with information along with very colorful illustrations. The author explains such topics as hunting, the use of their hearing, their farsightedness, matriarchy, their means of survival, and even genetics. I think this book, in terms of understanding the full content, would be appropriate for middle grades and up. It would also be a nice addition to a classroom library.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Might have to purchase this for my non-fiction lover. Found Z reading it first thing in the morning - makes my heart happy. Already requested another in the series on her second-favorite topic: Coral Reefs! Illustrations really emphasize the information from the text - work hand-in-hand so readers develop understanding. Interesting tidbits about many cat species. Enjoyable and educational - the best pair!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    I'm a cat lady (as evidenced by the fact I have a cats tag on Goodreads) so of course I loved this. But I loved it from a librarian angle too! This is the first Science Comics book I've read, despite knowing about them for a while, and I hope to add this one to my branch's collection. These are a great way to get science into kids' hands in one of the most popular formats out there. I'm a cat lady (as evidenced by the fact I have a cats tag on Goodreads) so of course I loved this. But I loved it from a librarian angle too! This is the first Science Comics book I've read, despite knowing about them for a while, and I hope to add this one to my branch's collection. These are a great way to get science into kids' hands in one of the most popular formats out there.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Guinnane

    My students have been checking out the other books in this series and now I know why. Engaging comics with loads of facts. I learned quite a lot about cats, and I have owned cats my entire life! These books are fun but educational and they give the information in an understandable way without talking down to the reader. I realize that I will have to purchase the entire series for my library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Boy I learned so much about cats - both wild and domestic - and how domestication and genes work - so cool! And I'm not even a cat person lol The illustrations were adorable (obviously, they're cats!) and it kept me hooked. The "plot" premise of interviewing a social media famous cat was funny enough but had a hilarious laugh-out-loud twist at the end. Boy I learned so much about cats - both wild and domestic - and how domestication and genes work - so cool! And I'm not even a cat person lol The illustrations were adorable (obviously, they're cats!) and it kept me hooked. The "plot" premise of interviewing a social media famous cat was funny enough but had a hilarious laugh-out-loud twist at the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christa Van

    Loved this comic version of the science of cats. A great way to sneak in some educational content and, of course, CATS! I figured I would know most of the stuff covered within but learned plenty about breeds, the history of cats and humans, and the big cats. Lots of other interesting looking science comics to explore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Alrighty - so I’m definitely more of a dog person than a cat person in real life but this book was just as awesome if the Science Comics Dogs book. Honestly, I would say that this would be a great precursor to the dig book because it hits on the science of genetics in a slightly easier to access way - the dog book would then be a perfect spiral into more complicated aspects.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I picked this book up when one of my students showed it to me in class (she knows I love cats). I was impressed by the artistry and also the amount of information that the author was able to condense and simplify for children. I would definitely recommend this to children 6+/anyone who is looking for some basic behavioral information about cats.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracyesine

    This book is full of fascinating facts about cats! Some of the presented concepts (such as potential undomesticating effects of TNR) were new to me (an adult), and my seven year old got an enormous amount out of it. The format is highly entertaining, as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sund

    Felicity LOVED this book. I read a lot of it with her and I agree that it was fun and educational. I wish it had more citations for some of the stranger factoids, but it was just the right amount of information for an 8-year old.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aldene

    My kids love this science comic book so much we have read it three times so far this year. they so far also really like volcanoes, Plagues, Bats, and polar bears. we have coral reefs but they have not gotten into it as much as the cats one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janice Lombardo

    A great read for Science Comics! A super blending of humor and factual information. I love cats! Any of my students would enjoy this read and learn as well!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Monaco

    Very informative, fun and beautifully illustrated. Also, I'm partial to it because I had a calico cat named Bean so it's automatically a good read in my humble opinion ;). Very informative, fun and beautifully illustrated. Also, I'm partial to it because I had a calico cat named Bean so it's automatically a good read in my humble opinion ;).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Library

    I love how much information is contained in the graphic novel format. This book will make it easier for reluctant readers to read non-fiction material.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    super cute with lots of great information about cats big and small!

  28. 5 out of 5

    wildct2003

    As enjoyable as the Dogs book of the same series. Highly recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennica

    Super cute and informative!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Just the right amount of info about cats, in an adorable and easy-to-read graphic format.

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