*This book is out today, April 17, and you should definitely get yourself a copy!*
If you're a science nerd and on Twitter or Tumblr, you're likely alr*This book is out today, April 17, and you should definitely get yourself a copy!*
If you're a science nerd and on Twitter or Tumblr, you're likely already familiar with Rosemary Mosco's work, also known under the the title Bird and Moon.
Rosemary is a science communicator who tells her stories through the form of often adorable, but always educational, short comics. This book showcases a collection of some of her best work. I was already familiar with most of these as I've been following Bird and Moon for a while now, but for anyone who's into wildlife and nature, with a flavor of environmentalism, you will absolutely enjoy these. I think one of the best descriptions came from The Birdist, who said that the collection "does for biology what xkcd does for math and Hark! A Vagrant does for history: pull out the humorous voice from a field not known for expressing itself with much gusto."
I think the best word to describe Rosemary's work would be quirky. It's hard to encapsulate her work in any other way, so here are some of my faves to give you a taste.
This is quite possibly my favorite one of all time.
This book will be released on April 17 and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy!
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
If you held a gun to my head (please don't) and made me pick my favorite bird, I'd probably choose the kakapo. Kakapo are large flightless green parroIf you held a gun to my head (please don't) and made me pick my favorite bird, I'd probably choose the kakapo. Kakapo are large flightless green parrots from New Zealand that apparently smell like honey and are highly endangered.
In this book, Sy Montgomery (one of my favorite authors) chronicles her visit to Codfish Island in New Zealand, where scientists and volunteers are trying to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. She's accompanied by a photographer, Nic Bishop, who takes the images for the book (how do I get this job?). During their time there, they hike through the grueling yet magical wilderness of the island, meet kakapo chicks, and get to know some of the incredible scientists and volunteers that keep the project going, among having other adventures. And they even have a magical experience with a kakapo named Sinbad.
The book is aimed towards a younger audience, I would guess pre-middle school? But as there aren't any other accessible books about kakapo, I had to get my hands on this. I really want to read Kakapo: Rescued From The Brink Of Extinction but I haven't been able to find it anywhere in the U.S. Rumor has it that the author might be publishing a new version of the book but I'd heard that a year or two ago and haven't seen any more news about it since.
Want to know more about kakapo or support their continued existence? Check out Kakapo Recovery-you can even adopt a kakapo!
And if you haven't yet seen it, watch this hilarious clip of the most famous kakapo, Sirocco, trying to mate with zoologist Mark Cawardine. Sirocco makes an appearance in Montgomery's book. He's a kakapo who's imprinted on humans so he doesn't think he's a parrot anymore....more
This book was surprisingly not bad! In fact, it was just fine, leaving me to give it a final rating of 2.5 stars.
I didn’t know much about Pretty LittlThis book was surprisingly not bad! In fact, it was just fine, leaving me to give it a final rating of 2.5 stars.
I didn’t know much about Pretty Little Liars and had never heard of Ian Harding until sometime last year when this book popped up in my periphery because of work. It seemed to be about a young guy (albeit white) who was into birding, which is somewhat unusual since when you usually think of birders (if you think of them at all…) you think of older white folks. So if this book will help get a few young people into birds, then good for it and good for Ian Harding.
The book is composed of essays that take us through Harding’s (admittedly short so far, and in my opinion not super interesting) life, but he does it through the lens of seeing different birds. I haven’t read too many celebrity memoirs but I think that makes this book unusual.
I did get to meet Harding, again because of work, and he was as charming and nice as you could imagine. We did some social media promotion around it and that was quite an experience. His fans are… passionate seems to be not strong enough a word. But again, if this book gets even a few people interested in birds and conservation, then that’s terrific....more