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Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector

(Science Comics)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  61 reviews
How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What's the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to.

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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by First Second
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My brother just announced to me that he wants to adopt a dog, a decision I entirely support, so I felt motivated to read this book after I watched him be so excited at the idea of having a furry companion in his apartment.

This is a good book for kids who want to learn more about genetics and the behaviours of dogs. I mainly recommend it to young readers because it contains many logical facts that are universally known. I already knew at least 70% of what the author discussed in this book.

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Oct 31, 2017 marked it as first-second-publications
In this volume we follow an adorable Cocker Jack named Rudy on a exciting trip to the dog park. There he introduces us to to his friends and works through key scientific principles from Gregory Mendel, Charles Darwin, and Dmitir Belyaev to explain dog taxonomy, origin, genetic makeup, and much more!
Julie Kirchner
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was expecting this to be more friendly for my younger students, but now I’m not sure if I would suggest it to anyone under fourth grade. Lots of great information about the history of dogs, but also tons of scientific information that will be beyond many of my early readers. Would love to hand this one to adults who claim graphic novels don’t have enough substance!
Brandi Stevens
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great nonfiction graphic! It had a ton of information, and if you love dogs, it's a fun and interesting read. Genetics, evolution of breeds, and why things happen. Fantastic stuff and adorable illustrations!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute comic explaining the evolution of dogs! I learned a lot about my own fur baby and his behavior.
Maximilian Lee
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book because it was very Very VERY informative. It had TONS of information in it. It was about the evolution of dogs. In this book a dog explained how inheritance worked. He gave examples with his family. He also went back in time. And the whole time he was chasing his ball.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is not just a graphic novel. Science comics are full of interesting information, detailed illustrations, use of topic and more. This particular one teaches about genetics, adaptations, breeding and evolution particularly with dogs.

In this book we meet Rudy, a pet dog who visits the local dog park. Once there, he tries to play with his yellow ball. This ends up taking the reader through a history of canis lupus to canis familiaris. We meet several different breeds of dogs and how they came t
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dog-lovers will enjoy this romp through a detailed scientific look at many facts and facets about dogs. In graphic novel format, one dog takes the reader along to explore whether or not dogs are descended from wolves, differences between breeds, and much more. The level of scientific detail regarding genes is thorough and accurate (as far as I could tell, although college biology was a long time ago). Because of the depth of science, this is not a book to browse; it must be read thoughtfully - o ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
A lecture on genetics and biology thinly disguised by super-cute comic pups. Speaking for the science-averse, I feel there were not quite enough super-cute comic pups to make the genetics and biology go down easy. My favorite segment--about that amazing "Sultan of Smells, Master of Musks, the Ol' Fart Detector: The Nose!"--left me wanting to know more about the workings of their superpowered sniffer. But it was worth the read for two moments of hilarity: the pug (stubborn mystery of science) and ...more
Stacey Shapiro
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Too much science needs more dogs
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This series is always awesome. And this particular one could be considered kid's best friend.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a 10 year old who:

1. Loves dogs
2. Is interested in science
3. Loves graphic novels

So this was an obvious choice for her. She says "It was great. I loved it."

She's been asking lately, "How did wolves turn into dogs?" so I tried The Magic of Reality. Richard Dawkins talks to kids like he talks to women -- doesn't have a clue -- so that fell flat. (On the other hand, I think adults can get quite a lot out of Dawkins' science writing.) After his section on wolves she still had no idea about e
Rudy (a dog), is the narrator of this volume in the Science Comics series. He tells us that he is a "canardly" - you can 'ardly tell what breed. While at the local dog park, Rudy chases his favorite ball into the past. He explains to readers how dogs evolved from wild predators to tame companions and protectors (and also looks for his lost ball). His explanation covers topics like Linnaeus, Mendel, Darwin, Punnett squares, DNA, nature and nurture, the gene pool, and pretty much anything else tha ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle school life science teachers
Just so you know, this review was not written by the human who normally posts stuff here. This review was written by her dog.

Some of you may have enjoyed my previous review of _The Dog Master_, which made my tail wag. That’s right, humans, I’m back. I figured out the code to unlock the iPad and it has changed my life. This time I read a comic called Science Comics: Dogs. Man, I knew that was going to be a great book right when I saw the title. Because what topic could be more important than DOG
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hi-Lo Non-fiction
Target Audience: 4-12th Grade

This graphic novel addresses evolution, genetics, natural selection through the story of how dogs evolved from wolf-like animals to our beloved pets.

Strengths & Weaknesses:
Dogs approaches some very complicated subjects in an easy, narrative way. The scientific ideas flow naturally from one to the next, as the narrator (a dog named Rudy) explains different aspects of dogs' history and anatomy to the reader. Evolution and natural selectio
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun educational, cutting-edge scientific information!
I am very surprised with this book, scientific information about the origin of dogs is very well explained for children and adolescents. The part of genetics and evolution goes deep and touches enough detail to make clear the most important aspects. It was even educational for me, the latest research data on breeding and the discovery of behavioral traits associated with various morphological traits were unknown to me.
It also includes fun expl
These Science Comics are always fun as well as informative, and this one, focusing on canines, will be a hit with animal lovers. As a dog named Rudy heads outdoors with his human companion, he takes readers on a journey of discovery in which they learn about the bond between humans and dogs and how dogs evolved to the point they are now. It's a pretty entertaining way to learn about genetics and Punnett squares as well as evolution and natural selection. I'd often wondered about how breeders ope ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Hirsch, Andy Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector, 120 pages. NON-FICTION/GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2017. $20. Content: G.

This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This books delves into the science behind how dogs evolved from predators to pets. The first part of the book explains how DNA and traits works as well as natural selection and evolution. The middle of the book describes the five different senses of dogs with interesting facts and pictures. The last part of the book explains how the world has created different breeds of dogs. This book is fascinating! I’m not a dog person, but I couldn’t put this book down. This book is science heavy with entert ...more
Don't be fooled by the word "Comics" in the title or by the host Rudy who is chasing a ball throughout the narrative: this book is straight-up science at its best. Some of the topics include genetics, evolution, color vision, olfactory processes, cognition, behavioral traits. By presenting complex scientific concepts using vivid illustrations, humor, and clear text, the author presents material that students will encounter and remember in future science classes. Dog lovers will come away from th ...more
Science Comics: Dogs is an entertaining way to learn a lot about dogs! The graphic novel style format combines with the delightful, time-travelling canine narrator Rudy. Rudy is full of dog and science facts, from classification to genetics to natural selection to domestication and more! Science Comics: Dogs is created in such a colorful and humorous way that the reader might not realize how densely packed the dog and science related facts are. You're just having too much fun learning and being ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well done, a (reasonably) accessible introduction to genetics. I felt the focus of the book was more on genetics than it was on dogs, more that it was using dogs as a specific example of genetics rather than being about dogs in general, but that might have been my own expectations of the book. It was definitely felt more intense than some of the other Science Comics series we have read. I ended up doing this one as a read-aloud to my first grader, whereas some of the others he has read on h ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bookaday #35. I adore the Science Comics series. Of course the one about dogs is a favorite! So many topics: Genetics, evolution, inherited and behavioral traits, jobs dogs do & are bred for, breeds, communication, circadian rhythm, some of these are very scientifically dense, I skimmed over some of them, a young reader may also.
Love the time references: Walk o’clock, dinner o’clock, play o’clock. Also love the pitch for shelter adoptions.

Dallas illustrator and credits to Richardson humane
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
wow, what a terrific entry in the Science Comics series. I love dogs, so I especially thought of my own dog as I read this. The whole beginning about genetics and how traits are passed on is very interesting (and how dogs and wolves are related) and really the whole idea of breeds was fascinating. I loved reading about the dog's senses and abilities.
highly recommended for all dog lovers, plus people who just like to read really interesting facts (with adorable illustrations of frolicking dogs.)
Asha McKay
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Picked this up as a library read, and was glad I did. This is geared towards an 8-13 year old age group but is quite scientific broaching the somewhat complex topic of genetics to help explain how dogs came to be our bffs. I work with dogs and know a lot about them already. I found this book to be pretty informative and had some cool facts that I had never known. If you have any desire to know a little more about why your dog acts a certain way or does certain things, it’s a brief insight into w ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Packed full of facts about how dogs originated from the wild, were domesticated, developed various traits, strengthened certain characteristics based on their jobs and much more. Facts are shared in an interesting manner and in such a way that upper elementary and middle school students should be able to understand the science behind it. A very comprehensive volume, in graphic novel form, for kids who want to learn more of the science behind their favorite pet.

Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC o
Dakota Morgan
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite entry in the Science Comics series thus far, and it's not just because I love dogs. To really understand dogs, Hirsch digs deep into the science of how dogs are made (genetics!) and why they initially latched onto us (history!). Plus, the framing story that follows a dog chasing a ball around the dog park is delightful and full of laughs. And the art! Each dog species is impressively drawn with anatomic accuracy, while also still being cartoony and fun.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, jfic, nonfic, yyay
Although the dogs are super cute, and there is a lot of information presented in a digestible way, it's still a lot of information, and so it's not the kind of comic that I'd recommend reading in one sitting. The genetics part in particular is very interesting, but not something to rush through. But it's much more fun and easy to follow than a straight prose nonfiction book, and does a really good job with so much to cover.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great introduction to genetics through looking at dogs, and I loved it! I had just expected it to be literally about dogs, but I really enjoyed the more scientific content about genes and evolution. I think this would be a good text for middle school students if you're looking for a nonfiction text. It was a great balance of informative and cuteness with Rudy, our doggy narrator. I'm excited to check out some of the other books in the series!
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Andy Hirsch is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Dallas, Texas. His current projects include several entries in the Science Comics line from First Second Books, including Dogs: Predator to Protector (2017), Trees: Kings of the Forest (2018), and Cats: Nature and Nurture (2019).

He is the co-creator of The Baker Street Peculiars, illustrator of the graphic novel The Royal Historian of Oz (a 201

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