Happy Saturday, guys!
Today, we're also reviewing I Am George Washington by Brad Meltzer, which is one of the latest entries in the Ordinary People Can Change the World series.
Not surprisingly, we adored this book, and can't wait for all of you to read it as well!
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Dial Books (first published May 31st 2016)
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids themselves can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.
In I Am George Washington, author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos tackle our founding father, George Washington. Meltzer smartly starts off with the parable that every child learns of Washington - the tale of the cherry tree and him choosing to tell the truth - and expands into detail on why Washington's life is so much more than just a single tale.
Throughout the book, there's a gentle emphasis on the importance of being willing to take a leadership position, even when it feels like the odds are against you. Meltzer brilliantly shows how Washington is willingly to always try again and again, whether it's working on his studies, or running for reelection, in the face of losing the first time around.
It's that willingness to try and be a leader, which guides Washington through the Revolutionary War, and to becoming the first president of the United States. But even with all of the power and respect he's amassed, Meltzer emphasis that it's respect from others and keeping to his roots, which helps guide Washington as he becomes president. Readers will be surprised (and appreciative) at Washington's return to a humble life after his presidency, and it's a firm reminder on the value of principals and leadership.
Eliopoulos's illustrations are spot-on as usual, with a gorgeous color palette that emphasizes the vibrancy of Washington's life, including some genuinely vibrant scene from Washington's early life as a surveyor. Readers will be especially impressed with Eliopoulo's approach toward the Revolutionary War; he shows both the action and chaos of the time, while keeping it easy to understand for younger readers.
Bottom line: Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulous beautifully bring Washington's story to life, while jointly reminding readers of the legacy that forms the very foundation of the United States. Highly recommend, full stop.
Also, keep an eye out for a bonus appearance by Brad and some familiar faces in the course of the book.
About the author:
Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its sequels, The Fifth Assassin and The President’s Shadow). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were New York Times bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on literally thousands of comics. But along with that, he is also the author/artist of many comics, including the popular series Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers and Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, for which he was nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and received a Harvey Award. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons. Website: chriseliopoulos.com Twitter: @ChrisEliopoulo