Thursday, June 21, 2018

Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future - ADVISABLE

Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future, by Mairghread Scott, illustrated by Jacob Chabot.  121 pages. NON-FICTION/GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Roaring Brook Press), 2018. $13. 
Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  
This is an interesting explanation about robots and their history.  A robotic bird takes the reader on a tour of how robots have historically evolved.  Then there is an explanation of what composes a robot.  The ethics of robots and where they will fit in our future is covered as well.  At the end there is a four page glossary with definitions as well as 25 robots that are well known.  
I usually really like the Science Comic graphic novels, but I didn’t enjoy this one as well.  I felt like it briefed over subjects that I thought were interesting like military drones, but spent a lot of time on the make-up of robots.  That said the explanations were basic and made complicated ideas easy to understand.  The illustrations were well done and helped with the text explanations. I think most kids understand a lot about drones and robots already, so either that will draw them to this book or they will feel like they already know the information and be bored.  
C. Peterson

No comments: