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Maris Wicks lives in Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and has written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of New York Times Bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. Her solo graphic novels include Human Body Theater and Science Comics: Coral Reefs. She is quite fond of being in the water, whether it’s swimming in ponds or scuba diving in the Atlantic Ocean.
First Second – March 29, 2016
Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, 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!
This volume: in Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and
Praise for CORAL REEFS
“Author and illustrator Wicks’s experience shines through with accurate facts and appealing, colorful drawings.”—School Library Journal
“Like having a Time Life Science Library in comic books. Which is awesome!“—Popular Science
HUMAN BODY THEATER
First Second – October 6, 2015
Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each “act.” By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.
Maris Wicks is a biology nerd, and by the time you’ve read this book, you will be too! Harnessing her passion for science (and her background as a science educator for elementary and middle-school students), she has created a comics-format introduction to the human body that will make an expert of any reader — young or old!
Praise for HUMAN BODY THEATER
“Brilliant adjunct reading for biology students and the terminally curious.”―Publishers Weekly
“A delightful and enlightening addition to nonfiction graphic novel collections.”―School Library Journal, starred review
“This informative, frank exploration of the body perfectly balances science and silliness.”―Booklist, starred review
“This anatomical extravaganza really gets to the heart of the matter. Not to mention the guts, nerves, veins, bones…”―Kirkus Reviews
First Second – June 11, 2013
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
Praise for PRIMATES
New York Times Bestseller
“An accessible introduction to Goodall’s, Fossey’s and Galdikas’ lives and work.“—Kirkus Reviews
“A graphic format admirably propels this lightly fictionalized group biography.“—The Horn Book
“Presented as dedicated, iconoclastic, and profoundly in awe of the creatures around them, Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas are inspiring figures, and Ottaviani does a first-rate job of dangling enough tantalizing tidbits to pique readers’ interest in the topic.“—Booklist
“The story of how each of these women loved primates and lived among them to study their behavior is compelling, and might inspire a whole new generation of scientists to follow in their footsteps.“—School Library Journal
“This is an inviting introduction that will undoubtedly lure many readers into further investigation of this groundbreaking fieldwork.“—BCCB
“Wicks’s cartoony illustrations are a great match for the story; they never get bogged down with unnecessary details and briskly move forward the account of the women and their subjects. A riveting, jargon-free overview of one of the great stories of animal research.”—Publishers Weekly
Tanglewood Press – April 9, 2013
Let’s get into the station wagon, roll those windows down,
In this cute book about a family’s camping trip, the simple, rhyming text is enhanced by comical illustrations that bring wit and energy to every page. Packaged in a smaller size for little hands and easy to pack up, this book would be a perfect read-aloud during the car ride, along with a great way to recap a trip at the end. The illustrations inside the front cover serve as a reminder of things to pack, and the story inspires activities to plan. There is even a space in the back to paste a picture of the reader’s own family trip. This little book serves as a loving tribute to family togetherness.
Praise for YES, LET’S
2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Selection
“Wicks’s clean-lined cartooning greatly expands on Longstreth’s understated but evocative verse, filling the pages with visual mini-narratives, dashes of humor, and details to pore over, all while capturing the cheerful chaos of a big, happy family.“—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Longstreth and Wicks have created an Everyfamily that most readers will be able to identify with…Wicks’ illustrations are standouts…Ready the backpacks—this is sure to inspire many a family.“—Kirkus Reviews