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Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals

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This is such an appealing format for students to learn. This book is a great addition to a science curriculum, or for a child with natural curiosity about such topics.
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This is another great addition to the Science Comics series. Budding young geologists especially will want to get their hands on this one. I recommend this to adults who also have an interest in geology.
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I've loved Hirsch's other Science Comics titles, but this one was surprisingly dry and hard to finish. Some of the images are wonderful and adventurous, and the visual format finds clever ways to explain concepts, but overall, the material requires a prior interest in the subject to drive the reader through all the geology.
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A nice addition to the series. May be a bit excessively detailed for younger children who are interested in the graphic novel format But appropriate for older more reluctant readers.
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This is a graphic novel/comic about rocks and minerals. It is intended for middle grades, but there is a lot of information in it. I do not know that children would understand or enjoy all of the information. It went much further in detail than that age group needs to know. Perhaps for the right child it would be good. The pictures were engaging, It was just the words that were daunting.
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Review to be posted on GoodReads Oct 6, 2020:

An introduction to geology through the premise of a kid taking a rock he has found to a geologist named Sedona. Sedona gives the boy a lesson on where his rock came from in the form of evolutionary theory of how the Earth formed, theory of the inner layers of the Earth, how rocks form in the rock cycle, types of rocks, weathering methods, plate tectonics, etc.

This is a much more engaging way to learn things like the rock cycle and weathering methods than a textbook. The point of the book is to inform, so the plot takes a big back seat to the science, but the illustrations are in an engaging style and the plot premise does allow for things to be explained in ways a preteen or teen would easily grasp. And the graphic novel format means kids are WAY more likely to pick this book up than any other book on geology. There is a lot of information in here. Like, I took a geology class for a quarter in college, and this condenses into 130 pages ¾ of what we covered in that class. There were some new things in here I’d never heard before, evidently they figured out the gravity of the moon has an impact on the weathering of rocks since I was in college or I taught science, that’s definitely one I’ve never heard before. This would be a great resource for middle school Earth science classes and high school geology classes, and of course, kids who love graphic novels and those who are insatiably curious will be quick to pick it up.

<i>I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.</i>
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As a once-hopeful geologist, I gravitated to wards this title as my introduction to the Science Comic line, and I am glad I picked it up.  However, I felt that this book would have benefitted from some chapters, something to break up the topics and allow for time to digest what was learned.  There are a lot of really visual yet abstract topics in geology - like plate tectonics, for one - so I felt natural stopping points would have helped.

There’s also a statement about coal being better left in the ground that I imagine won’t sit too well with anyone from that industry, but truth hurts sometimes.

I felt that Wally was absolutely hysterical. Many science-y comics use the story structure of mentor-pouring-knowledge-into-mentee's-head, but Wally also added a lot of funny moments and commentary to the story, so he wasn't the normal doe-eyed sponge I've seen in other comics.  Adding in the fear of caves for Sedona made her a human instead of just a fact recitation machine.

The artwork in this has a cartoony element, but it is absolutely fitting.  The coloring is beautiful and bright, and some of the illustrations of the different rock formations and minerals reminds me what I liked about them as a kid.

Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 3-8

This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley.  This graphic novel will be on sale October 20, 2020.
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Engrossing and captivating, extensive educational content!

Easy to read as a comic, scientific and technical information on the formation of minerals and rocks can be assimilated very well. The content is very integrative and educational: from the big bang and the appearance of the first subparticles that formed the pure elements, through supernovae, elements of higher molecular weight, the formation of planets, and from here we continue with Earth, science geology, continental drift, volcanology, the types of wheathering and erosion, types of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, speaks a bit of paleontology, including speleology mentioning stalactites and stalagmites…. And all the information is interwoven in a pleasant and captivating comic book comic, in a logical and very clear, integrative and digestible sequence. Without realizing it, you have learned about a large number of scientific disciplines, data and extended information on the subject. It is indeed a magnificent book, very complete, for children and adolescents, even very entertaining for adults.

My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
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Science Comics are fun, entertaining and give so much amazing information. Rocks and Minerals is a great addition to this series. The characters help tell a very complicated history of our planet and all of the rocks and minerals.
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Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK. In part because one of the main characters reminded me of a friend and that in itself brought me so much joy. However, the best part is the fact this book makes the science of geology SO MUCH FUN! All the explanations are clear and the reader never feels like they are being talked down to. The illustrations help clarify all the different types of rocks and the information provided as well as adding to the story of Wally wanting to be Sedona's field assistant. I HIGHLY recommend this book- and the Science Comic series.
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Another great entry in the Science Comics series.  This time it's a rollicking, action-packed, and fun introduction to various geology concepts, that travels all over the universe.  Perfect for fans of the series, or for those kids that really love earth science and are ready to move past the picture books about gems.  Overall, the book rocks!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to review.
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A broad explanation of many geology concepts, this book combines Ms. Frizzle and Indiana Jones to create the great mentor Sedona.  As she travels around the globe, demonstrating time passage and world creation, her trusty sidekick is always energetic and excitable.  Recommended for adventure seekers and rock enthusiasts.
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My son loves these science comics, as do my students. They are brilliantly written, informative and great at engaging children with different  subjects. I will use this in the classroom and library. Highly recommend.
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I love Science Comics so much.  So when I heard they were doing a rock one, which is one of my favorite topics I was so excited. This book was everything I hoped it would be.  It talks about how rocks are made.  It covers the earth's crust, volcanos, earthquakes, types of rocks.  It was a fun interesting book and I learned a lot.

The main story is about a kid who wants to be a geologist assistant so he follows her around as she teaches things.  The art is cute, I continue to be a fan of Science Comics.
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I thoroughly enjoy the different science comics books they  interest me in topics I did not know I wanted to learn more about such as crows or rocks and minerals. But they seem to keep me intrigued throughout the entire book. Through this book you learn more about the earth in general with Wally and Sedona. They get into some trouble along the way and this helps you learn how the earth is formed as well as many different types of rocks. It was  an interesting read, I would recommend to sixth grade and up.
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An introduction to geology in comic book form!
A young boy has questions for a female geologist about a rock he has found... and he wants to be her assistant. She uses the one rock (which turns out to  be a meteorite) to teach him about geology from the origins of the universe to rock types to how the age of a rock is determined. 
This comic is jam packed with science and would serve as a fun introduction to geology or a quick review. The level is aimed at about midlife school, but wild be a fun read for people if any age.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read a pre-release copy of this book.
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