In the mood for something funny and light that also has an important environmental message? Birding is My Favorite Video Game might be the perfect fit for you!
What’s It About?
Birding is My Favorite Video Game is a collection of the webcomic Bird and Moon by Rosemary Mosco. Clocking in at 111 pages, this highly readable collection can be enjoyed in the course of an hour. Mosco covers the adorable, funny, and downright odd aspects of the natural world. Each comic is one or two pages, covering a wide variety of topics related to the natural world.
Who Wrote It?
Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and comics creator. Her next book, part of the excellent Science Comics series, is Solar System: Our Place in Space. She also coauthored The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid, a book I am very excited to hand to every super curious kid I know. Both are scheduled for a September release, so keep your eyes out for them! Find out more at http://rosemarymosco.com/
Why Should I Read It?
First of all, it’s hilarious. You’ve probably seen this comic of the Northern Pygmy Owl on Instagram or Facebook. Adorable illustrations and kind of gruesome is 100% my jam. My personal favorite is Ruffled Grouse Love , showing that Ruffled Grouse are the cat-callers of the bird world.
I also learned a lot from these comics. As silly as some of them might be, they are full of interesting scientific facts. Until reading this, I didn’t know that mountain goats were not goats! Rosemary Mosco strikes the perfect balance of being hilarious while also being informative. Learning while laughing is my favorite way to learn, and I could see this book being used in a high school biology class, just like old The Far Side comics made appearances on some of my exams. A glossary in the back features every creature who makes an appearance in the comics, even if they aren’t named in the comic itself.
Given that Bird and Moon is a webcomic, it makes sense to recommend other webcomics.XKCD and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal are the first that come to mind, as both of them also frequently cover scientific ideas.Both of which have collections of their own, but I’d recommend checking out What If and Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe and Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith for a deeper dive into scientific topics. I don’t read many webcomics, even though I enjoy the ones I have read, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!
Elizabeth Weislak is a youth services librarian who is passionate about readers advisory. She loves art museums, breakfast foods, cheese, dogs, early literacy, and feminism. An enthusiastic morning person, she can frequently be found pestering her family and friends to read her latest favorite book.