Hosler, Jay. Last of the Sandwalkers. Macmillan/First Second 2015 311p $16.99 ISBN 978-1-62672-024-4 jr/sr Graphic novel VG-BN
Lucy, a tiny one-and-one-half-inch beetle, leads a team into the world of the unknown. Their travels and investigations provide the reader with humor, edge-of-the-seat tension, and some scientific insights into the world. The story takes place in Colepolis, a community just like a human one. It is a small community living underground on the edge of a desert. As in most communities, the needs and desires of people vary greatly, and the story readily portrays the needs and traits (both good and bad) of various community members.
Lucy, the tireless leader of the scientific expedition, is fashioned after the beetle (Stenocara sp.) that lives in the Namib Desert. Although she is only one-and-a-half-inch high, she is a tireless worker and supportive leader. The team’s explorations and dilemmas allow readers to draw similarities to human communities in today’s world.
The black-and-white illustrations complement the text, and speech bubbles are artistically placed to provide little-known facts and interesting and useful information about the small world of Lucy and her friends. The inclusion of chapter notes to further explain the science was a wonderful bonus. Personally, I found myself enjoying the annotations as much as the graphic novel. This is a well-balanced and attractive addition to the world of science in a graphic novel, through the eyes of some unique beetles from Colepolis.
This is a well-written book that would make an excellent addition to any middle-school or high-school collection. It is recommended for Books of Note.
Summary: Lucy, a tiny one-and-one-half-inch beetle, leads a team into the world of the unknown. Their travels and investigations provide the reader with humor, edge-of-the-seat tension, and some scientific insight into the world.
Beetles-Fiction, Environment-Fiction --Linda McNeil