Writer: Jay Hosler
Artists: Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon
Just so there is no confusion, yes, I believe in evolution. The science is rock-solid on this one.
Hosler is a biology professor at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. He, with the help of the Cannons, presents his material in the form of a lecture by an invertebrate scientist on another planet to two royal dignitaries of his species. Sure, it sounds hokey but it helps lend a fun and conversational atmosphere to what could just as easily be rather dry material. Evolution covers a lot of ground: 4.5 billion years of Earth history. There is considerable terminology to absorb: names of eras, names of species, etc. The artwork, the flow and the not infrequent humor make it all accessible. It's the sort of presentation that makes me think that if I'd had more engaging science teachers at the right age, my own life might have followed quite a different path. Mind you, I would need to read it at least once more to remember it all but that would not be such an arduous task. I will encourage my daughter to read it, too - definitely up her alley.