This graphic novel biography of Albert Einstein takes the reader through the journey of his life, from the issues he had as a boy in school, to his strange young adulthood, to the sage he became later in life. This is the third graphic biography for this team, having paired up before to write and illustrate graphic biographies of Freud and Marx. The graphic biography format of this book will be appealing to readers of many ages. The colors of the illustrations are muted and earth-toned which suits the story of Einstein’s life. There is good artistic use of the entire page creating visual interest which immediately catches the reader’s eye. There are references to some of the “bigger” questions that filled Einstein’s life and to the difficult time he had with relationships as well. There is also wonderful use of point-of-view as, at times, Einstein, himself, addresses the reader. This is an engaging technique, drawing the reader into the story. This is an interesting and unusual format in which to learn about the life of a Jewish legend and is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Debbie Feder is currently the Director of the LRC at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago. She has her Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. She has spent more than ten years introducing children and young adults to literature and information literacy at schools and public libraries. She is the author of Jelly Bean’s Art Museum Adventure and is honored to have been a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.
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