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Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture

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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leap ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by First Second
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, science
This comic introduces kids to everything that they might want to know about cats. It covers the evolution and domestication of cats. There is a lot of information about the physical and psychological characteristics of cats as well. The art is really attractive and it deals with some of the more violent aspects of the nature of cats in a comical way. In one scene where a big cat it taking down large prey, the prey itself lifts up its head and makes a comment about how the artist shouldn't show t ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun, cute, and silly.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is another great addition to the Science Comics series. This book features wonderful illustrations with great information about how cats came to be the extremely popular pets we know and love. Bean, our narrator, is an adorable calico cat. By going back to the beginning of their appearance on earth, Bean teaches the readers about wild cats and domesticated cats. Even the evolution and genetic mutations and breeding of cats was shared in an interesting and somewhat humorous way. The informat ...more
Well, this was cute and educational.

I love cats. I love science. So, when I saw this on Netgalley it was a no-brainer to request a free ARC, and fortunately it was granted. I was unfamiliar with this series, so I went in blind, but the art was great, the biological and evolutionary science information was accessible, yet not overly dumbed down (as a PhD student who has taken a lot of science, I didn't feel like it was overly simple, but it would make sense to the masses, too), and it was a good
I read an ARC from First Second via NetGalley. I have read several books from the Science Comics series and some are better than others. This “cats” addition was a solid addition that was cute and informative. The illustrations were vibrant and I learned some new things about my favorite little carnivorous hunting machines. Middle school me would have loved this as a kid. I wanted a little more about the history of cats, but alas this is the science of cats, so it covered traits, genetics, domes ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This book is from of the Science Comics series which explores information about different science subjects including, dinosaurs, bats, dogs, robots and drones, the brain, trees, rockets, sharks and more. This book “Cats” is about cats giving information about cats abilities, physical characteristics, behaviors, and why cats are the way they are from an evolutionary perspective. The book is narrated by Bean, a famous calico house cat, who is telling her personal story using the information about ...more
Becky B
Narrated by a cat, this book provides a look at cat’s physical traits, habits, abilities and preferences, and genetics (with a little lesson on genetics and how that relates to domestic vs wild cats and different cat breeds).

A nice graphic novel creatively told but very informational that tells you all about cats. I would’ve gobbled this up as a cat-obsessed middle grader or teen. I still enjoyed it. The science is very solid, and this would be an especially good supplemental read for anyone stu
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, 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 ae
This one, a much-needed addition to the Science Comics collection, focuses on felines and their innate nature. Guided by Bean, once a stray kitten living by her wits on the streets and now an Internet star--a nod to all those cat videos posted online--readers travel to various parts of the world to meet different types of cats to learn what they have in common and how they differ from one another. Much of the book explores whether cats truly are domesticated since they are equipped with various ...more
Absolutely essential reading for anyone who has or loves cats! I've lived with them for most of my life and I still learned tons.

This comic isn't just a fact dump; we follow the story of Bean, a homeless kitten turned internet celebrity, as she explains how her rise from survival to super-stardom couldn't have happened without her keen predatory instincts (nature) and ability to adapt to social environments from solitude to kitty crowds to beloved pet (nurture). It's a super cute way to get ton
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
A solid entry in the series. There's a fictional framing device, which is not something I love in this series, but it's very lightly used. The story of rescued cat Bean is used to walk readers through cat biology and behavior, and it does so in a fairly natural way. Hirsch does a great job of bringing in a huge variety of both domesticated and wild cats in the examples she uses. The science seems solid and is communicated clearly without dumbing it down. The art is cartoony without making the ca ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent! An informative look at cats and domestication. I liked this one a lot more than the Science Comics: Dogs, I think they had a much better handle on the potential audience. The science was more upper elementary than the high-school genetics in Dogs, with a focus on cats in particular, and only touching on the broader concept of nature/nurture, which I thought was an appropriate choice. The framing story of a stray cat narrating her life story was also well-thought out and provided natur ...more
Ellen Scheid
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written for a juvenile audience, Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture is an informative, beautifully illustrated, and adorable comic that can be read by all ages. The story line follows Bean, a little calico kitten, as she explains all that she knows about cats and how she came to be a viral hit.

When I saw this come across my desk at work I knew I had to check it out. Even though I have had cats all my life, I learned a great deal from reading this book. This is a great read for all the ca
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are an animal lover, especially cats, then you’ll enjoy this graphic book. It is packed with information along with very colorful illustrations. The author explains such topics as hunting, the use of their hearing, their farsightedness, matriarchy, their means of survival, and even genetics. I think this book, in terms of understanding the full content, would be appropriate for middle grades and up. It would also be a nice addition to a classroom library.

Might have to purchase this for my non-fiction lover. Found Z reading it first thing in the morning - makes my heart happy. Already requested another in the series on her second-favorite topic: Coral Reefs!

Illustrations really emphasize the information from the text - work hand-in-hand so readers develop understanding. Interesting tidbits about many cat species. Enjoyable and educational - the best pair!
Meredith Ann
I'm a cat lady (as evidenced by the fact I have a cats tag on Goodreads) so of course I loved this. But I loved it from a librarian angle too! This is the first Science Comics book I've read, despite knowing about them for a while, and I hope to add this one to my branch's collection. These are a great way to get science into kids' hands in one of the most popular formats out there. ...more
Kathleen Guinnane
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school
My students have been checking out the other books in this series and now I know why. Engaging comics with loads of facts. I learned quite a lot about cats, and I have owned cats my entire life! These books are fun but educational and they give the information in an understandable way without talking down to the reader. I realize that I will have to purchase the entire series for my library.
Boy I learned so much about cats - both wild and domestic - and how domestication and genes work - so cool! And I'm not even a cat person lol The illustrations were adorable (obviously, they're cats!) and it kept me hooked. The "plot" premise of interviewing a social media famous cat was funny enough but had a hilarious laugh-out-loud twist at the end. ...more
Christa Van
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved this comic version of the science of cats. A great way to sneak in some educational content and, of course, CATS!

I figured I would know most of the stuff covered within but learned plenty about breeds, the history of cats and humans, and the big cats. Lots of other interesting looking science comics to explore.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alrighty - so I’m definitely more of a dog person than a cat person in real life but this book was just as awesome if the Science Comics Dogs book. Honestly, I would say that this would be a great precursor to the dig book because it hits on the science of genetics in a slightly easier to access way - the dog book would then be a perfect spiral into more complicated aspects.
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up when one of my students showed it to me in class (she knows I love cats). I was impressed by the artistry and also the amount of information that the author was able to condense and simplify for children. I would definitely recommend this to children 6+/anyone who is looking for some basic behavioral information about cats.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of fascinating facts about cats! Some of the presented concepts (such as potential undomesticating effects of TNR) were new to me (an adult), and my seven year old got an enormous amount out of it. The format is highly entertaining, as well.
Elizabeth Sund
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Felicity LOVED this book. I read a lot of it with her and I agree that it was fun and educational. I wish it had more citations for some of the stranger factoids, but it was just the right amount of information for an 8-year old.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kids love this science comic book so much we have read it three times so far this year. they so far also really like volcanoes, Plagues, Bats, and polar bears. we have coral reefs but they have not gotten into it as much as the cats one.
Janice Lombardo
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read for Science Comics! A super blending of humor and factual information. I love cats! Any of my students would enjoy this read and learn as well!
Jenna Monaco
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very informative, fun and beautifully illustrated. Also, I'm partial to it because I had a calico cat named Bean so it's automatically a good read in my humble opinion ;).

Raymond Library
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love how much information is contained in the graphic novel format. This book will make it easier for reluctant readers to read non-fiction material.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
super cute with lots of great information about cats big and small!
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As enjoyable as the Dogs book of the same series. Highly recommended.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super cute and informative!
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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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