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That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. Thes That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! Did you know that crows make their own tools, lead complex social lives, and never forget a human face? Scientists are just beginning to unlock the secrets of the crow's brain to discover how these avian Einsteins can be as smart as some primates, and even perform some of the same cognitive feats as human children! Crows have problem-solving skills that will make you you rethink what it means to be a bird brain!


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That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. Thes That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! Did you know that crows make their own tools, lead complex social lives, and never forget a human face? Scientists are just beginning to unlock the secrets of the crow's brain to discover how these avian Einsteins can be as smart as some primates, and even perform some of the same cognitive feats as human children! Crows have problem-solving skills that will make you you rethink what it means to be a bird brain!

30 review for Science Comics: Crows: Genius Birds

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    I honestly wouldn't have expected someone to be able to write an entire graphic novel for middle schoolers on crows and make it work, but I was wrong. This is a surprisingly fun, interesting, well written book where a crow teaches a dog all the ways crows are amazing, plus a ton of facts about crows, biology and science in general. It's well written and well illustrated, kids (or adults) will learn a ton, and the author manages to make it all really interesting and sweet. I'm planning to look fo I honestly wouldn't have expected someone to be able to write an entire graphic novel for middle schoolers on crows and make it work, but I was wrong. This is a surprisingly fun, interesting, well written book where a crow teaches a dog all the ways crows are amazing, plus a ton of facts about crows, biology and science in general. It's well written and well illustrated, kids (or adults) will learn a ton, and the author manages to make it all really interesting and sweet. I'm planning to look for more of these from the library for my 12 year old, and I suspect he'll love them. Highly recommended for older elementary and middle school kids, or any kids (or adults) who are interested in crows, birds, nature studies and/or science. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Very interesting. Crows are now one of my favorite animals!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenn of The Bookish Society

    I feel like this series and this volume goes over best in the second and third-grade crowd. They label it as middle grade, but it's on the lower end in my opinion. However, older kids and adults interested in crows are in for a treat as well. I can tell you that the crows in our yard hate our cat. They make so much noise that she runs inside when they're around. I had to read this book on my phone as it wasn't available in either hard copy or as a kindle version so I may have missed some of the I feel like this series and this volume goes over best in the second and third-grade crowd. They label it as middle grade, but it's on the lower end in my opinion. However, older kids and adults interested in crows are in for a treat as well. I can tell you that the crows in our yard hate our cat. They make so much noise that she runs inside when they're around. I had to read this book on my phone as it wasn't available in either hard copy or as a kindle version so I may have missed some of the details pinching and zooming- but I have read other titles in the series and there isn't anything I'd warn parents off on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for aeroplanes, these books are for you! Did you know that crows make their own tools, lead complex social lives, and never forget a human face? Scientists are just beginning to unlock the secrets of the crow's brain to discover how these avian Einsteins can be as smart as some primates, and even perform some of the same cognitive feats as human children! Crows have problem-solving skills that will make you you rethink what it means to be a bird brain! I had zero ideas that a murder of crows was such a fascinating subject. And I can assure you that crows remember cats' faces as well as proven by the ones that used to divebomb my cats. Birds kind of freak me out so I am now more scared of them now that I know how smart they are. The book is well written and the drawings are wonderful as well - great for the middle school and tweenagers in your life! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter..get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 as it is the only bird emoji I can find.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Science Comics are always a hit in my 2nd/3rd grade classroom! The latest in the series introduces kids to a myriad of cool and interesting facts about crows! The setup is that a crow befriends a happy-go-lucky dog and takes him on a food-finding adventure around the city. As they go, the crow explains a variety of scientific studies that have focused on crow intelligence and behavior. It’s a bit smoother and the “instruction” is less forced than some other books in the series. Overall a gre The Science Comics are always a hit in my 2nd/3rd grade classroom! The latest in the series introduces kids to a myriad of cool and interesting facts about crows! The setup is that a crow befriends a happy-go-lucky dog and takes him on a food-finding adventure around the city. As they go, the crow explains a variety of scientific studies that have focused on crow intelligence and behavior. It’s a bit smoother and the “instruction” is less forced than some other books in the series. Overall a great addition to elementary libraries and classroom libraries grades 2 and up! Thank you to NetGalley and First Second Books for the digital advance review copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cris Edwards

    I learned a lot about crows.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    Crows trick a dog into leaving his yard in order to get him to help them find food. Along the way, you learn all about crows. This book was super interesting. I learned so many facts about crows and I found myself running out to the living room to share all my newfound knowledge. The integration between science and the story was flawless. Even though the story easily had as much information as a textbook, it did not feel like I was reading one. I can't wait to get this into my classroom. Creative Crows trick a dog into leaving his yard in order to get him to help them find food. Along the way, you learn all about crows. This book was super interesting. I learned so many facts about crows and I found myself running out to the living room to share all my newfound knowledge. The integration between science and the story was flawless. Even though the story easily had as much information as a textbook, it did not feel like I was reading one. I can't wait to get this into my classroom. Creative Team: by Kyla Vanderklugt Interior book design by Laura Berry

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Fischer

    Science Comics: Crows is an informative and entertaining read about crows. The information is presented in a comic/graphic novel format. The book follows a crow and a dog, Buddy on an adventure across the city. The crow explains to Buddy that crows are intelligent, yet often misunderstood. There is a wealth of information about the abilities of crows, common misconceptions about crows, and the differences between members of the crow family and other birds. Young readers will enjoy the humorous e Science Comics: Crows is an informative and entertaining read about crows. The information is presented in a comic/graphic novel format. The book follows a crow and a dog, Buddy on an adventure across the city. The crow explains to Buddy that crows are intelligent, yet often misunderstood. There is a wealth of information about the abilities of crows, common misconceptions about crows, and the differences between members of the crow family and other birds. Young readers will enjoy the humorous exchanges between Buddy and the crow. This book would be a great addition to elementary and middle school libraries. Although some of the information may be challenging for younger students, particularly the information related to the brain, readers will still enjoy the format and illustrations. At the same time, I appreciate the presentation of complex information to younger readers because some readers will understand and enjoy these details. I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. #NetGalley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanenne

    This informative graphic novel covers detailed facts and dispels myths about crows and others of the genus called Corvus. A crow befriends a dog and as they look for food in a neighborhood, it shares information about its life and intelligence. A detailed look at the differences and similarities of the crow and human brain are discussed. The adaptability of rooks and ravens are highlighted along with several scientific experiments. Cleverly, facts about dogs are Interwoven as the crow tries to r This informative graphic novel covers detailed facts and dispels myths about crows and others of the genus called Corvus. A crow befriends a dog and as they look for food in a neighborhood, it shares information about its life and intelligence. A detailed look at the differences and similarities of the crow and human brain are discussed. The adaptability of rooks and ravens are highlighted along with several scientific experiments. Cleverly, facts about dogs are Interwoven as the crow tries to relate its life to its new furry friend’s. The “ gross” details of a crow’s eating habits are not spared, which adds to the authenticity of this volume. The panels are colorful and whimsical, and are the ideal pairing for the text. The author includes sections for notes, a glossary, Living with Crows 101, and research sources. A must read for bird lovers of all ages. This is a review based on the published copy of this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James Biser

    This is a great book about the genius of crows. It discusses what the faculty of certain universities and several scientists have learned about the behavior and anatomy of birds in the crow family. They are smart and it is surprising what they are able to do. The book is designed a good bit like a comic where a crow describes crow life to a dog while the other members of the murder break into the dog's house and steal his food. The book is excellent as it discusses the real science discovered ab This is a great book about the genius of crows. It discusses what the faculty of certain universities and several scientists have learned about the behavior and anatomy of birds in the crow family. They are smart and it is surprising what they are able to do. The book is designed a good bit like a comic where a crow describes crow life to a dog while the other members of the murder break into the dog's house and steal his food. The book is excellent as it discusses the real science discovered about the crow family and their behavior. It also has an excellent bibliography and suggestions for readers to learn more about the topics.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Recoco

    As always, the books in this series never fail to impress. Honestly never knew you could learn this much about one topic. Now I think crows are pretty interesting (never knew I'd say that ). This book is packed with information and fun facts. In it, a crow teaches a dog about himself, while carrying the squad (he led the dog away from it's owner's house so they could take the dog's food). Also, before I read this book, I literally did not know anything about the difference between a crow and a r As always, the books in this series never fail to impress. Honestly never knew you could learn this much about one topic. Now I think crows are pretty interesting (never knew I'd say that ). This book is packed with information and fun facts. In it, a crow teaches a dog about himself, while carrying the squad (he led the dog away from it's owner's house so they could take the dog's food). Also, before I read this book, I literally did not know anything about the difference between a crow and a raven, I thought they were the same ( anyone else? ). Yeah, so this book is basically good for any one, and definitely recommend to anyone who loves science or birds.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Suzanne

    This was the best of the crow books I've read recently, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in natural science. A crow and dog go on an adventure in which the crow brags and regales the dog with fascinating facts about how smart their species is, citing many experiments to prove his point. I learned so much more about crows, and I even learned more about what I already knew because the narration in this book is incredibly engaging throughout. I'd highly recommend this to kids grades 5 This was the best of the crow books I've read recently, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in natural science. A crow and dog go on an adventure in which the crow brags and regales the dog with fascinating facts about how smart their species is, citing many experiments to prove his point. I learned so much more about crows, and I even learned more about what I already knew because the narration in this book is incredibly engaging throughout. I'd highly recommend this to kids grades 5-8 (and adults, even!) who are studying crows for a project or who just want to be blown away by facts while also reading comics. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elzbieta Wisz

    I have a few of these science comics in my classroom, so I was excited to see a new one coming out! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about crows while reading this graphic novel. I love how the crow told facts about himself along the way while he duped the neighborhood dog. :) My students are going to enjoy this one! I thought it was pretty cool to find a fact coming from Rockford, IL in it as well. (About an hour away from here!) My students will get a kick out of that!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I'm a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in crows and ravens, and hats off to Vanderklugt for writing and illustrating an information-packed comic that is also very fun to read. She covers an amazing amount of the science about corvid behavior, ecology and cognition and gets it all right. Extra points for backmatter that includes what to do if you find a fledgling crow on the ground. Highly recommended. I'm a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in crows and ravens, and hats off to Vanderklugt for writing and illustrating an information-packed comic that is also very fun to read. She covers an amazing amount of the science about corvid behavior, ecology and cognition and gets it all right. Extra points for backmatter that includes what to do if you find a fledgling crow on the ground. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Very cute; would be good for a kid or teen who is interested in nature, science, and/or birds. This book focuses on the intelligence of crows and other corvids with lots of examples of experiments. Content notes: vomit, dead animals. Doesn't exactly fit in non-fiction or fiction: it uses a fictional device of a talking crow, explaining things to a talking dog; but the information conveyed is all facts. Very cute; would be good for a kid or teen who is interested in nature, science, and/or birds. This book focuses on the intelligence of crows and other corvids with lots of examples of experiments. Content notes: vomit, dead animals. Doesn't exactly fit in non-fiction or fiction: it uses a fictional device of a talking crow, explaining things to a talking dog; but the information conveyed is all facts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    This graphic novel teaches everything that you might want to know about crows. What I appreciate is that this is a series for younger readers, but it doesn't hold back on introducing complex ideas. For example, this book goes into detail on the brain structure of crows and discusses several studies on the brain functions of crows. It's always nice to see authors that understand that kids can handle complex material if you give them a chance and explain it well. This graphic novel teaches everything that you might want to know about crows. What I appreciate is that this is a series for younger readers, but it doesn't hold back on introducing complex ideas. For example, this book goes into detail on the brain structure of crows and discusses several studies on the brain functions of crows. It's always nice to see authors that understand that kids can handle complex material if you give them a chance and explain it well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Crows. Crows. Crows. They sure are smart. This book will teach kids all about how smart crows really are. This gorgeous graphic novel illuminates the complex social organization of crows around the world. Crows are not only tool users, but tool makers as well. Focusing primarily on American and New Caledonian crows, but also quite of few examples of Carrion crows as well, the reader will discover just how versatile and intelligent these birds truly are.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Wilmering

    A crow befriends a neighbourhood dog and releases him from his backyard yard. As they travel around the area, the crow uses the dog's strength to knock over bins for food, while teaching him many different facts about a crow's intelligence. The graphic novel format may entice some children to read this book, but although I learned a lot more about crows, I found it a bit boring. A crow befriends a neighbourhood dog and releases him from his backyard yard. As they travel around the area, the crow uses the dog's strength to knock over bins for food, while teaching him many different facts about a crow's intelligence. The graphic novel format may entice some children to read this book, but although I learned a lot more about crows, I found it a bit boring.

  20. 4 out of 5

    C

    A good book if you like crows and reading about some of the experiments scientist have performed on them. The graphic novel is detailed on how the crows brain works and it will go over most kids head.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Such a fun way to learn about crows! I loved crows before reading this book, but the crow “teacher” and the adorable dog will make anyone love these misunderstood birds. My favorite of First Second’s science series- but I have many more to read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Crows are amazing, brilliant birds and we should all show them more love. Mainly because they will remember our faces and if we're mean they'll tell literally every other crow they know about it. Seriously, crows are as smart as a human child. Be nice to your local crows. Crows are amazing, brilliant birds and we should all show them more love. Mainly because they will remember our faces and if we're mean they'll tell literally every other crow they know about it. Seriously, crows are as smart as a human child. Be nice to your local crows.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mallorie

    I never knew before that crows can mimic people, sounds, and animal noises. Buddy was funny and sometimes he didn't know what Crow was talking about! He was so happy when they found all that yummy food. I know I would be happy too. I never knew before that crows can mimic people, sounds, and animal noises. Buddy was funny and sometimes he didn't know what Crow was talking about! He was so happy when they found all that yummy food. I know I would be happy too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I was really looking forward to this one. Crows are really interesting animals, and Vanderklugt spends most of this book demonstrating how intelligent and resourceful they are. I love the thought of the target audience reading this book and discovering just how smart these birds are.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roan Michael

    Perfect for anyone (of any age) who loves learning about just how smart crows are.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Love this! Review to come on stillmorewords.com 4/1/2020

  27. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    I just realized I should probably link my reviews here. Check out Earl's Live One-Take KidLit Book Reviews on YouTube. I review this book there: https://youtu.be/de68QEHBzBE I just realized I should probably link my reviews here. Check out Earl's Live One-Take KidLit Book Reviews on YouTube. I review this book there: https://youtu.be/de68QEHBzBE

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Amazing! I knew crows were smart, but I learned so much more from reading this comic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I loved this! It presents complex and fascinating information about crows in an entertaining and accessible way. Highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Fascinating info for all ages.

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