I Am Curious: A Little Book about Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Dial, 2020. 9780593110072
Format: Board Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Board book
What did you like about the book? In rhyming text, a mini-Albert Einstein poses questions that young kids ask their parents, such as “Why do days turn into night?” Small inserts offer a few basic facts about his childhood. I like that this series always shows the obstacles faced by the famous person, and how they persevered to accomplish great things. Here, little Einstein says his teacher called him a foolish dreamer. But we know that he was solving big problems in physics! It’s great for kids to see science in its simplest form of asking questions. The simple graphic art creates a gently caricatured Einstein in miniature, which is both funny and cute.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Adults who read some of the questions may wish that there were simple answers provided.
To whom would you recommend this book? For families of toddlers who enjoy reading non fiction.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: June 20, 2020