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Leave no stone unturned with Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! In this volume, join a crystal-crazy fanboy and a famous rock hunter on a geological journey that will take them to the summit of a volcano, deep within the earth, and even into outer space Leave no stone unturned with Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! In this volume, join a crystal-crazy fanboy and a famous rock hunter on a geological journey that will take them to the summit of a volcano, deep within the earth, and even into outer space! They'll learn about the unstoppable forces that shape our planet and they might even pick up a gemstone or meteorite along the way. Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more! Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these graphic novels are for you!


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Leave no stone unturned with Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! In this volume, join a crystal-crazy fanboy and a famous rock hunter on a geological journey that will take them to the summit of a volcano, deep within the earth, and even into outer space Leave no stone unturned with Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! In this volume, join a crystal-crazy fanboy and a famous rock hunter on a geological journey that will take them to the summit of a volcano, deep within the earth, and even into outer space! They'll learn about the unstoppable forces that shape our planet and they might even pick up a gemstone or meteorite along the way. Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more! Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these graphic novels are for you!

42 review for Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Mazzola

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. In Rocks and Minerals, Wally is trying to prove he can be a worthy assistant to geologist Sedona. He brings her a rock sample, and this starts Sedona down the path of describing where rocks and minerals come from, starting with the Big Bang. Sedona then covers the different layers of the earth, plate tectonics, volcanos, caverns, minerals, and so much more. ​There is a lot of great information for the budding geologist or rock hound, and Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. In Rocks and Minerals, Wally is trying to prove he can be a worthy assistant to geologist Sedona. He brings her a rock sample, and this starts Sedona down the path of describing where rocks and minerals come from, starting with the Big Bang. Sedona then covers the different layers of the earth, plate tectonics, volcanos, caverns, minerals, and so much more. ​There is a lot of great information for the budding geologist or rock hound, and I really liked the inclusion of a glossary of terms that are highlighted in orange throughout the book. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    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 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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    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 re 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 i 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    CEB Library

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Everything Science Comics puts out is fantastic!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    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 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    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 i 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 received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  13. 4 out of 5

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  37. 5 out of 5

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  39. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

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