The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1

The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1

by Kanani K. M. Lee, Adam Wallenta
     
 

An Amazing, Earth-Shattering Adventure!

The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic is a wild adventure in earth science. Follow Geo and his robot dog, Rocky, as they travel back in time to Pangea, surf a tsunami, and escape an erupting volcano—all in time for Geo's first-period science test!

The journey starts 200 million years ago and takes you

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An Amazing, Earth-Shattering Adventure!

The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic is a wild adventure in earth science. Follow Geo and his robot dog, Rocky, as they travel back in time to Pangea, surf a tsunami, and escape an erupting volcano—all in time for Geo's first-period science test!

The journey starts 200 million years ago and takes you to modern-day Hawai'i, the ocean floor, and deep inside the Earth.

You'll learn:

  • How scientists developed the theory of plate tectonics
  • Why the Earth shakes
  • What's in the center of the Earth
  • How volcanoes can form islands
The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic will teach you about geology in a fun, lively, and visual way.

Ages 8+
Recommended for grade 6 and up

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Superhero powers, time travel, a backpack that transforms into a robot dog—Geo and Rocky take immersive learning to new heights. Skateboarding to school, George quizzes himself on his science notes for a test on plate tectonics. The cracks and deep fissures in the sidewalk threaten to send him flying. But he and his backpack transform Geo and Rocky into superheroes and they travel back in time to 200 million years ago, when the single supercontinent Pangea broke apart. Together, they are able to soar over sinking landmasses, outrun tsunamis, and sidestep erupting volcanos. The text is packed with information about plate tectonics in both dialogue bubbles and side bars that are accompanied by graphics and diagrams. The illustrations are well-designed and executed with multiple perspectives that support the action-packed narrative of a boy skateboarding, then transforming into a superhero, on his way to school. Liberal use of red and yellow in the panels unifies the theme of volcanic eruptions and moving tectonic plates. The images blend seamlessly with supporting diagrams and graphics, providing visual clarification of the accompanying text. Geo’s adventure is followed by five sections of textbook style content on different aspects of plate tectonics that expand the lessons in Geo’s adventure. A concluding section, titled “What Do Geologists Do?” explains the work of geologists and geophysicists. The book wraps up with a list of suggested “Geology Activities!” and an index. Lee and Wallenta have created a science-comic book hybrid that succeeds better than many in combining sophisticated, dynamic visuals with tightly packed informational text. Part of the “The Adventures of Geo” series, this book is recommended as an addition to an upper elementary or middle school classroom or science resource center on meteorology or geology. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 8 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
Superhero Geo introduces readers to plate tectonics. Reviewing information on his way to school for a big geology test, young George transforms himself into "Geo," a uniformed superhero with a rocket-propelled skateboard and a robotic canine sidekick. In his imaginary adventure, he leaps over sidewalk "faults," swerves away from "tsunamis" splashed up by a passing truck and saves an elderly lady from falling into an open manhole "volcano." Meanwhile, supported by visual aids provided by inserted graphics and maps, Geo goes over the convergent, divergent and transform movements of tectonic plates, subduction, magnetic "stripes" paralleling oceanic ridges and a host of other need-to-know facts and terms. All of this is illustrated in big, brightly colored sequential panels of cartoon art hung about with heavy blocks of explication. After the exam comes back with, natch, a perfect score ("I guess all that studying paid off"), Lee, a geophysicist, abandons the story for a final 10 pages of recap and further detail on plate tectonics' causes, effects and measurement—closing with a description of what geologists do. African-American Geo cuts a suitably chiseled figure in the pictures, but he doesn't get enough to do and so is really no more than a mouthpiece—perhaps there will be more of a plot in his next adventure. (online projects, index) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593275495
Publisher:
No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
09/20/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,096,068
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Kanani K.M. Lee is an Associate Professor at Yale University's Department of Geology & Geophysics, researching Earth's mantle and core, in order to better understand the formation and evolution of planets. This educational comic was produced in part thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Adam Wallenta has illustrated dozens of comics and graphic novels and has worked for companies such as Marvel Comics, DC Entertainment, and Skyhorse Publishing.

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