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Optical Allusions by Jay Hosler

Optical Allusions

by Jay Hosler

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The book with a hundred tags. I just can't really say where it best belongs.

Hosler's latest edu-comic focuses (ha) on the eye: how we (and other animals) see, how light works and how it's interpreted via the eye and brain, and how eyes developed in various species. Hosler alternates between the comic story of Wrinkles the Wonder Brain, traveling through time and the universe to find a magical eye he dropped, and prose non-fiction sections that explains the science Wrinkles just encountered. The comic is sweet and funny and cute; the prose sections are surprisingly lively. And relatively short, which will help.

The intended age, though, is a bit of a muddle to figure out: the comic is probably great for fourth or fifth graders; older readers might find the drawings a little too cutesy to look like it's geared for them. The explanatory chapters, on the other hand, are mostly at a bright middle-school level (he explains the material very well without dumbing it down, but it's still a lot of scientific terminology), but students would really benefit from having at least the beginnings of a biology course under their belts. All the same, the story and the writing are engaging enough that I think kids will still take to this one. ( )
1 vote librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
Each chapter contains a comic followed by a text section that explains the biological concepts in more depth. It could actually be used as a textbook (if you had a really cool science teacher).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0967725526, Paperback)

OPTICAL ALLUSIONS is the cure for all those clamoring for a painstakingly researched, scientifically accurate, eye-themed comic book adventure. WRINKLES THE WONDER BRAIN has lost his bosses' eye and now he has to search all of human imagination for it. Along the way, he confronts biology head on and accidentally learns more about eyes and the evolution of vision than he thought possible. And, as if a compelling story with disembodied talking brains, shape-changing proteins and giant robot eyes wasn't enough, each tale is followed by a fully illustrated, in-depth exploration of the ideas introduced in the comic story. Following in the tradition of the author's first two books, Clan Apis and The Sandwalk Adventures, Optical Allusions uses humor and adventure to weave an unforgettable story about the wonders of seeing.

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A collection of short graphic stories focusing on different aspects of eye biology and evolution.

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