Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein

by Don Brown

Don Brown’s picture-book biography of Albert Einstein frames the great thinker’s... read more

Don Brown’s picture-book biography of Albert Einstein frames the great thinker’s life and perspective as outside the box from his early childhood on. Young Albert is a late talker, but his words are “clever and sharp” once he begins to speak. By age four, this child who sometimes has a furious temper also shows single-minded fascination when he is engaged, like when he is allowed to explore the streets of Munich on his own. He doesn’t like sports, soldiers, or the things that interest other boys at his school. But the geometry book given to him by his tutor when he’s 12 captivates him like nothing has before, and he’s soon delving into higher mathematics. Brown’s superb narrative is written in the present tense and balances short, decisive sentences with brief but lyrical descriptions that embrace the wonder of Einstein’s fascination with the universe. The illustrations, primarily pen-and-ink, showcase the singularity of Einstein and his relationship to the world around him. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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