We’ve talked often about pro-social awareness comics that have been published by Marvel and DC Comics. These are comics that (generally speaking) specialty comics that promote some socially aware action rather than a company or product. While many of these types of comics are produced by the “Big Two” not all of them are, as some independent companies produce some as well. The Discovery Kidz Learn about Wellness is one such comics that is targeted for young children and is produced with the intention of teaching youngsters how to make healthy eating choices.
Written by John Wilcox (who recently wrote an anti-bullying comic for the Rise Above foundation), and illustrated by Stan Goldberg (a mainstay for Archie comics who also illustrated the anti-bullying comic that Wilcox wrote). The hope for the comics is that learning is better when it is done together in groups. The Discovery Kidz comics combines traditional comicbook stories with activity book tasks for children from ages eight–13. The book is intended to promote discussions around health and wellness. The publishers hope that it will help parents to form a strategy to help their children to learn together. The book includes four short stories each of which is followed by an educational activity games.
In each of the four stories, the Discovery Kidz explore numerous healthier food choices, as they go about their daily activities. They do this through teamwork, nutritional activities, gardening, research, developing problem solving skills, encouraging creative thinking, drawing, portion control size, stretching, healthy snacking, whole foods and much more. The four stories have the children:
· Plan a party in the garden making healthy food choices
· Hav the readers become a piece of the action as they follow the Kidz through a pizza-making adventure
· Jump and stretch with two of the kidz as they train for a race
· Go on a scavenger hunt with the kidz as they read the labels of the foods they find in the supermarket
Each of the stories is told in a simple and straightforward fashion with sharp, clean art that is both engaging and colorful. Wilcox does a fine job illuminating the various aspects of health and wellness both in the stories he tells as well as with the activities that follow each of the four adventures. Thus, proving, once again that there is more to “funnybooks” than spandex-clad characters bashing each other over the head and attempting to take over the world.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.