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Review: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas

Primates The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas CoverPrimates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas is a work of narrative non-fiction that shines a light on some of the very first scientific work done with chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans – work that was all done by scientists who were also women.

While the graphic novel isn’t a solid biographical tale, that’s not the point. The focus is on the three brilliant women who advanced our understanding of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. The graphic novel lays out really well hall all three of these women were intertwined and how important they are.

The only downside is that with only so much that can be covered some things are glossed over or rushed a little bit, but if you want to learn more, there’s a fantastic list of resources where folks can start.

This graphic novel is fantastic for kids interested in science. Hopefully it’d get them to do what these women did and pursue their dream.

The story is interesting, flows nicely and teaches a bit at the same time. The art is great as well and fits the narrative and how the graphic novel is written.

Overall, I highly recommend the graphic novel. It’s perfect for those that want to learn about these three women, especially kids who want to find out more about these important and strong women.


Story: Jim Ottaviani Story: Maris Wicks
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

First Second Books New Releases in Spring 2013

Odd Duck, by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon.  A heartwarming tale of the perils and pleasures of friendship featuring two ducks who are both a bit odd. 

Primates, by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks.  A great new science book from Jim Ottaviani, the author of Feynman, with Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas, and the cutest primates you’ll ever see!

Red Handed, by Matt Kindt.  Junot Diaz says “Matt Kindt is the man.”  We agree – you’ll love the crazy psychological mystery in this literary thriller.

Genius, by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen.  What would you do if you were the only one who knew Einstein’s last secret?

Astronaut Academy: Reentry, by Dave Roman.  We’re back in outer-space school for another semester, with a monster stealing hearts on the loose! 

Templar, by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland.  Here you’ll find the lost secret of the location of the Templar gold – still hidden to this day.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks.  All the high school robot death matches you could ever want!