• Graphic

Primates : the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas

by Ottaviani, Jim.

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Where To Find It

Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Ottaviani, Jim, Youth Graphic Novel / Ottaviani, Jim

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Downtown Youth, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Pittsfield Youth, Traverwood Adult

Community Reviews

women scientists, graphic biographies

Interesting how the prose is different for Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. The 'talk' (narration?) in the Fossey section is much more abrupt, terse, clipped. Does this reflect a difference in personalities?

Ooh, Ah, Ooh

If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out Ottiavani's book about the dinosaur wars, Bone Sharps. I really enjoy his works in this vein - pulling together threads of lives, finding similarities and twisting them together to make a narrative (while freely admitting that not everything in the story is factual). One thing it does lack, compared to Bone Sharps, is the factoid postscript pointing out where the deliberate distortions have been made.

That aside it's a great read and simply, but nicely drawn

Nicely done

A well-crafted, easy introduction for children to the lives of these three remarkable women. Not as detailed as an autobiography or even biography, of course, but hopefully young readers will have their interest piqued so they'll seek out more information. Loved the adorable, colorful artwork.


This book is full of interesting stories on three very fascinating women.


Ottaviani has a knack for making science accessible, and does it yet again in Primates. I had no idea that Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas's stories were so linked (nor that there was a reason that what we know about primates from early field work was all done by women!). Both the excitement and the challenges of the work are touched on in ways that could open great discussion in a classroom or be the beginning of a student research paper.

Though it might be a little bit of a stretch for my reading-advanced nine-year-old, I will be inviting him to read it this summer, and as an adult I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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