Zig And Wikki in (literally as it turns out) The Cow

Published On April 24, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics For Children, Reviews

Zig and Wikki in The Cow

By Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler

Toon Books

“When alien pals Zig and Wikki lose their spaceship on Earth, their friendship is definitely in trouble. In order to get home, they must travel through a farm and into a cow, picking up fun facts about ecology (and picking fights) along the way. Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler’s funny, science-based early-reader is packed with fast-paced adventure and facts about poop: what more could a young reader want?”

The first Zig And Wikki graphic novel by Spiegelman and Loeffler delivered a cute yet fact packed story of two aliens lost on Earth who discovered some of the animals we have to offer. It was a great first non-fiction science based graphic novel from Toon Books that had both myself and the kids at school most impressed.

This second sees the pair return, after Zig’s pet fly gets ill and a little alien wikki-ing shows the pair just how important even something as small as a fly can be:

So off they go, back to earth, where they make some interesting discoveries about poo, and just how important it can be. There’s chance to investigate energy, dung beetles, decomposers, soil along the way, before Wikki realises that their spaceship has gone missing.

And this vanishing spaceship gives them the opportunity to get far more involved with that cow on the front cover than they may have wanted to. But it does give us the chance to find out just what life inside a cow’s digestive system is like and gives another meaning altogether to that title:

Yes, it’s a big science lesson on life cycles, food webs, and the ecosystems around us. But Spiegelman and Loeffler deliver it in such a cute, fun little package that it all works so very well.

Spiegelman’s writing seems perfect for the age she’s aiming for, full of spirit, zip, and fun, yet carefully works in enough science to make this educational as well as fun. And Trade Loeffler’s artwork is cute and straightforward, never confusing the eye, always there to help these newest comic readers along.

Yep, it’s another Toon Book release that does exactly what it intended to; create great little graphic novels to help develop both new readers and the next generation of comic fans. They’re doing a fine, fine job on both counts, as usual.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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