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Friday 13 October 2023

Review: Amber & Blue And The Hunt For DNA

‘This lighthearted, easy to navigate and factual graphic novel… is the perfect introduction to genetics.’

As an – ahem – creative artist, I never thought I’d enjoy reading a science book on DNA, but I did. I totally loved reading this book!

A graphic novel that turns identical twins Amber and Blue into teeny tiny human beings, this book follows their quest to seek out, investigate and understand a human cell, in a close-up and personal way – by going inside it! 

Author/biologist Claudia Flandoli’s secret superpower is being very, very FUNNY while explaining complex ideas about genetics and DNA - which she does through fabulous illustrations, fantastic characters and lots of audience asides.

The twin protagonists are literally drawn by the author into the opening pages of this book with much jostling and hilarity. Indeed, there’s as much stand-up comedy as there is information, which is a big fat bonus for readers like me.

Rest assured, the convivial nature of the information sharing does NOT detract from the book’s content – there are still strings of numbers, long words and mind-bending ideas to get one’s head around! It’s just that the humour and pictures make everything a little more accessible.

A great accompaniment to science studies and just a general all-rounder in terms of interesting information, I can see this book being the go-to for biology students of all ages. I’m really looking forward to sharing it.

Amber & Blue And The Hunt For DNA
Author Illustrator: Claudia Flandoli
Publisher: Affirm Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 June 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922863553
For ages: 8 - 12
Type: Graphic Novel