The Cartoon Guide to Biology

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Larry Gonick has a talent for making complex topics feel more accessible, even when he’s absolutely jackhammering the reader with important terminology, complicated science, and loads of data. It’s a testament to both his humor and his artistic sensibilities that an otherwise intensive course of hardcore science is as fun, as digestible, and as breezy a read as The Cartoon Guide to Biology.

Biochemistry, cell formation, reproduction, evolution… the entire gamut from smallest particles to the interconnected web of the biosphere is represented in comic strip fashion here, and with the insights of biologist Dave Wessner, both in character and guiding the narrative, this is nothing less than the story of life itself.

And despite the relatively simple art style — black and white pen-and-ink, no coloration otherwise — an impressive amount of detail and personality infuses every page. Factor in the occasional black and white photography — incorporated seamlessly into the image — and you’ve got a visual smorgasbord to accompany a feast in scientific knowledge to unpack.

Finally, I’ll be able to remember something about cell biology other than “the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.” Thank you, Gonick and Wessner.

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Author Larry Gonick
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date 2019-07-30
ISBN 9780062398659
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Issue November 2019
Category Science & Nature


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