"Although years of rock 'em, sock 'em adventures have branded comic books as lightweight entertainment for children, Jay Hosler has staged a valiant defense of the medium. In his hands, cartooning becomes exciting education. Clan Apis ingeniously reworks the plot conventions of the musty old action comic as Hosler sneaks a lot of lessons about bee anatomy, behaviour, and ecology into his brisk story." - Discover Magazine
|Product dimensions:||7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Jay Hosler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and an award-winning cartoonist who writes and draws comic books about biology and natural history. His work has been called "ingenious" (The London Times), "goofily inventive" (The New York Times), and "entertaining and slyly educational" (The Comics Journal). His works include Active Synapse classics such as Clan Apis, The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 3||Hide and Seek||61|
|Chapter 5||The Plan||113|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Clan Apis based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What a tremendous book! Written by a biologist, insect society, behavior, and anatomy is exploded in a black and white extravaganza of irresistible science.
I suspect Nyuki's jokes were supposed to liven up a dull story presenting bee facts. As far as I was concerned, they were basically annoyances interfering with an interesting and beautifully-presented story, which conveyed a lot of bee facts. I skimmed a few pages because I couldn't stand reading Nyuki being an idiot. That aside - it is a good story, following one bee from just before metamorphosis (with an explanation of what was happening), through adulthood, old age, and death. It was amusing how Nyuki went from bratty-little-sister to instant adult when Devorah died (and the author had to insert a new little-sister character to keep the story going). Her plan at the end is rather neat - though I agree with Bloomington, it's either very sweet or very creepy. And I did cry a little over it. I don't think I'll reread, but I'm glad I did read it - Nyuki's stupid jokes notwithstanding. There were a couple points in the appendix that I didn't see in the story, that make me curious - mostly, bees in cave paintings. So I'll go look up some more bee facts - fun!