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The Cartoon Guide to Biology

Larry Gonick, David Wessner


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From New York Times bestselling author Larry Gonick and Davidson College biology professor David Wessner comes this comprehensive and humorous cartoon guide to topics in biology

Did you faint when your middle school science teacher asked you to dissect a frog? Do you think DNA stands for “Don’t Know the Answer”? Do you still cling to the belief that osmosis was the name of Ozzy Osbourne’s last tour? If you said yes to any of these questions—or even if you didn’t—then you need The Cartoon Guide to Biology.

The latest from New York Times bestselling author Larry Gonick—writing with Davidson College biology professor David Wessner—is a hilarious and informative handbook to the science of life. From the inner workings of the cell, to the magic of gene expression, to the Krebs and Calvin cycles, to sexual and asexual reproduction, The Cartoon Guide to Biology uses simple, clear, humorous illustrations to make biology’s most complex concepts understandable and entertaining. Whether you’re peering into the microscope for the first time or brushing up after decades of de-evolution, this book has you covered.


Praise For The Cartoon Guide to Biology

“An enjoyable, immersive experience. ... Deliver[s] the goods. ... Hard to resist.” — Comics Grinder

“If only school science books were like The Cartoon Guide to Biology, at least a little, maybe science and students would come together and engage more often.” — ComicBookBin

“An invaluable resource.” — Brooklyn Digest

“A hilarious and informative cartoon guide to all things biology. ... An excellent resource.” — Midwest Book Review

“A hilarious romp through chemistry and biology. ... The quirky cartoons and anthropomorphism not only produce a laugh but do make these complex concepts a little easier to grasp. ... A fun way to learn the science of life.” — New York Journal of Books

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062398659, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain math, history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.