A graphic novel you will go APE for

I recently had the pleasure of reading the latest graphic novel from author Jim Ottaviani called Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. I was a fan of Mr. Ottaviani’s last book Feynman and was excited when I saw that he was coming out with a new book.  When I received my copy I immediately ripped into it and started  reading, and I must say I was pleased.  

The novel talks about the lives of three great primatologists of the 1960’s as their lives cross with fellow scientist and mentor Louis Leaky.  The book begins with following Jane from when she was a child and dreamed about Tarzan and the other Jane while she developed an interest in the work of Leaky who believed that women would make better scientists when observing animals in their natural habitats.  Fossey and Galdikas stories follow the similar suit with each section showcasing how these three women forever changed the way we view our connection to primates all the while dealing with obstacles from government officials to poachers.   The story, and I will call it just that, a story though it is based on actual events, it is not the in-depth biography some readers might be looking for, but it is a well executed and Maris Wicks’ fun and quirky illustrations brings these stories to life.  

 Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

img496393[1]by Jim Ottaviani  illustrated by Maris Wicks, published by First Second 2013 , 133 pages, Ages 10 and up.

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