3 Graphic Novels: Primates, The Lost Boy, & Rat Queens

primatesTitle: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas
Author: Jim Ottaviani
Illustrator: Maris Wicks
Intended Audience: Older middle reader and up
Date Completed: May 19, 2014
Rating: 3/5
Synopsis: Primates shows the journeys Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas took to become preeminent primatologists, and highlights their contributions to the understanding of that field.

Thoughts: Primates is a good introduction to these scientists, but it glosses over many details. The holes in the storylines/information bothered me, but when trying to cover three famous scientists and their contributions in 133 pages, details have to be left out. For the intended audience, Primates gives enough information to hook readers who might want to learn more. The bibliography lists other resources about each woman to that end.

The multiple comments regarding the lecherous tendencies of Louis Leakey detracted from the flow of the narrative.

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lost boyTitle:  The Lost Boy
Author/Illustrator: Gary Ruth
Intended Audience: Middle Reader
Date Completed:  June 15, 2014
Rating:  4/5
Synopsis: Nate moves into a new house only to discover tape recordings tucked underneath a loose floorboard. In listening to the tapes, he learns about Walt, a boy who disappeared several decades ago. With the help of his neighbor, Tabitha, the two children embark on a journey to find out what happened to Walt and to save their town from dark forces.

Thoughts: I liked the pacing. The drawings/shadings set the tone beautifully. While readers are set down in the middle of the story, the tapes help flesh out the backstory, and the climax answers the initial question of what happened to Walt. The ending was left open, so hopefully there will a sequel.

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rat queensTitle:  Rat Queens, Volume One: Sass and Sorcery
Author:  Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrator:  Roc Upchurch
Intended Audience: Adult/Mature
Date Completed:  June 15, 2014
Rating:  4/5
Synopsis: The four Rat Queens are ostensibly a mercenary group that protects the town of Palisade, but at the point the story begins, are pretty much hell-bent on carousing and mayhem. As punishment (the only other option being banishment), they are sent on a quest. The quest is not what it seems, and the Rat Queens spend the rest of the volume trying to solve the mystery and dealing with the repercussions of their actions.

Thoughts: What’s not to love about this? Rat Queens is a bundle of awesomeness. It’s crass and sarcastic, violent and bloody, and had me snorting at some of the comments the characters made.

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