About the Book
Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 40
Synopsis: “Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography—for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything.
This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.
I have fond memories of watching I Love Lucy when I was growing up and this book was a great reminder of the many laughs I had courtesy of Lucille Ball. I also enjoyed learning so many new facts about her life. I was not aware that she began performing at only 3, nor did I know that her mother and grandmother were opposed to her silliness.
I loved how the author included comic strip style speech bubbles along with the factual story. It added so much to the fun and hilarity of the book. The illustrations are vibrant and well detailed which easily captivate readers.
I really like the all around concept of this book; introducing regular people who have gone on to accomplish so much. I Am Lucille Ball is a wonderful book that inspires readers with humor in a way that would make Lucille Ball proud.
I highly recommend picking up a copy as well as checking out the rest of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World Series.