I Am Abraham Lincolnby Brad Meltzer (Author), Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)
“We can ALL be heroes!”
New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s series of Ordinary people changing the world is one of a kind. Known for his popular adult thrillers, Brad Meltzer now enters the children’s Non Fiction genre with his new series for kids on “everyday heroes”. In his interview at Comic Book Resources, Meltzer discusses the need to change the perception of “hero” from a star personality to people who made a difference in the lives of many.
The book “I Am Abraham Lincoln” opens with Abraham Lincoln as a child. We read about Lincoln as a boy who loved to read. Kids were expected to help their parents out in the farms and the fields. Lincoln was always caught reading!
The books continues to show Abraham Lincoln at playtime. Once he finds the neighborhood kids “playing” around animals. With great empathy he put a stop to the cruelty. When the same kids gang up on him, Lincoln stands firm.
With simple to understand language and absolutely delightful illustrations, the author/illustrator duo demonstrate characteristics that made these “everyday heroes”. The author highlights how Lincoln perceived cheating as unfair, how hurting animals was wrong and how important it was to stand up simply because it was the right thing to do. The picture book further walks through Lincoln’s work in ending slavery.
Christopher Eliopoulos does a brilliant job on artwork. Drawn in “Peanuts/Calvin Hobbes” style, Eliopoulos’ art work immediately draws the reader in. The cartoon style art and call out bubble dialogues capture the essence of the characters and adds the fun factor to story telling.
What really surprised me was how the author who wrote Super Hero comic book stories transitioned into heroes of a different kind. We read this one over and over again. “I am Amelia Earhart” was another great read. Looking forward to the third in the series “I am Rosa Parks” releasing later this year. Our favorite part in this series, hands down, was the ending page.. a message from each of these characters that truly describe what they were at heart.
Educational and inspiring, this is a MUST have series. Like Meltzer, I really believe we need to inspire our children to become heroes not just “famous personalities”