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Bone Sharps, Cowboys, And Thunder Lizards Paperback – Illustrated, Oct. 11 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Starred Review. Ottaviani has been writing historical graphic novels about scientists for years, but he's outdone himself with this delightful and fascinating account of the late–19th-century struggle between two scientists over fossilized dinosaur bones in the American West. Scheming paleontologist Marsh is more or less the villain of the piece, and his scrappy, doomed rival, Cope, is something like a hero, but Ottaviani paints rich, complicated portraits of both and milks their skullduggery for an exciting, fast-paced story. The rollicking narrative includes guest appearances by historical personages who got mixed up in the dispute—everyone from President Ulysses S. Grant to P.T. Barnum—as well as a subplot involving a hugely popular dinosaur artist, Charles R. Knight. The artwork by the Big Time Attic collective (Zander Cannon, Shad Petosky and Kevin Cannon) is cartoony and whimsical but meticulous when the historical record calls for it. As a bonus, a "Fact or Fiction?" section at the end of the book painstakingly details where Ottaviani has fudged history for a livelier narrative, and where his details are bizarre but true. (Oct.)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.T. Labs; 1st edition (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0966010663
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0966010664
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 327 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 0.97 x 17.15 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Jim Ottaviani has worked in news agencies and golf courses in the Chicago area, nuclear reactors in the U.S. and Japan, and libraries in Michigan. He still works as a librarian by day, but stays up late writing comics about scientists. When he's not doing these things, he's spraining his ankles and flattening his feet by running on trails. Or he's reading. He reads a lot. Elsewhere on the web you can find him at .

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3.0 out of 5 stars Graphic novel for young paleontologists
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific history lesson...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potentially great plots, not very clearly or interestingly written
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2015
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