Queer Ducks (and Other Animals) book review

Queer ducks
Queer Ducks (And Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer, illustrated by Jules Zuckerberg
240 pages
published May 24th, 2022

NPR’s “All Things Considered,” calls Queer Ducks “teenager-friendly. It’s a young adult book filled with comics and humor and accessible science, and it’s filled with research on the diversity of sexual behavior in the animal world.”

This groundbreaking illustrated YA nonfiction title from two-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer is a well-researched and teen-friendly exploration of the gamut of queer behaviors observed in animals.

A quiet revolution has been underway in recent years, with study after study revealing substantial same-sex sexual behavior in animals. Join celebrated author Eliot Schrefer on an exploration of queer behavior in the animal world—from albatrosses to bonobos to clownfish to doodlebugs.

In sharp and witty prose—aided by humorous comics from artist Jules Zuckerberg—Schrefer uses science, history, anthropology, and sociology to illustrate the diversity of sexual behavior in the animal world. Interviews with researchers in the field offer additional insights for readers and aspiring scientists.

Queer behavior in animals is as diverse and complex—and as natural—as it is in our own species. It doesn’t set us apart from animals—it bonds us even closer to our animal selves.

This is a great and fun nonfiction book with a bunch of interesting and funny illustrations! There’s accessible and even silly prose, and it never gets too positive to be patronizing. Also, I learned a lot about many different kinds of animals. It’s a refreshing read when a lot of nonfiction queer books right now are too In The Moment and you need something more lighthearted. I really recommend reading this. Five stars.

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