Darwin by Eugene Byrne
A Graphic Biography

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Darwin: A Graphic Biography is an inspiring expedition into the physical and intellectual adventures of Charles Darwin. Presenting Darwin's life in a smart and entertaining graphic novel, Darwin: A Graphic Biography attempts to not only educate the reader about Darwin but also the scientific world of the 1800s. The graphic medium is ideal for recreating a very specific time frame, succeeding in placing the reader right next to a young Darwin on a "beetling" expedition. With specimens in both hands, and anxious to get another, Darwin ends up stuffing the third beetle into his mouth. Darwin's life presented in this form is an inspirational tale for kids of all ages. They'll be sure to identify with a curious young Darwin finding his way on youthful adventures in the fields near his house. The ups, downs, and near-misses of Darwin's youth are portrayed honestly and without foreshadowing of his later fame. This is a key point for younger readers: that Darwin wasn't somehow predestined to greatness. He was curious, patient, and meticulous. He persevered--a great lesson about what science is all about.
 

About Eugene Byrne

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EUGENE BYRNE is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on history and has been published in many periodicals, including BBC History. Darwin: A Graphic Biography is the third historical graphic novel on which Byrne and illustrator Simon Gurr have collaborated. SIMON GURR is a cartoonist and illustrator who has been producing web and print comics with a focus on educational illustration for more than twenty years.








Author Residence: Bristol, England SIMON GURR is a cartoonist and illustrator who has been producing web and print comics with a focus on educational illustration for more than twenty years.Illustrator Residence: Bristol, England
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Smithsonian Books. 100 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Young Adult, History, Children's Books, Science & Math. Fiction

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Once readers get past those apes and into the story itself, they learn that Darwin was an indifferent student and someone whose future by no means seemed secured, until he received an invitation to take a voyage that “would not just change Darwin’s life, it would change the course of history.” Th...

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Early in this bio, a college-age Darwin is out collecting beetles when he spies a rare bombardier beetle. With beetles already in both hands, he shoves the new specimen into his mouth, only to have it

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When I first read about Darwin: A Graphic Biography, I was excited to see that Smithsonian Books was going to tackle Darwin’s remarkable explorations and insights in a form accessible to young people.

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In Darwin: A Graphic Biography, Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr have created an enjoyable account of Darwin’s life and accomplishments that will resonate with young readers and clarify the often muddy waters surrounding the man and his contributions to science.

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