Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Blog Tour: I Am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer & 25 Illustrators

Today I'm really excited to do my first ever blog post with my son.  He's a 10-year-old who loves reading (especially graphic novels & historical stuff), so when I got the chance to review the graphic biography of Gandhi, I knew it would be the perfect chance to involve Cole.

Book Description:

Twenty-five exceptional comic book creators join forces to share the heroic story of Gandhi in this inspiring graphic novel biography.

     As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.

     Galvanized by Gandhi's example of gentle, peaceful activism, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer asked his friends in the comic book world to help him make a difference by creating this philanthropic graphic novel. Twenty-four illustrators--including many of the most acclaimed artists in comics today--enthusiastically joined the project, agreeing to donate their work so that their royalties can go to Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders. This extraordinary biography is a glorious team effort that truly exemplifies Gandhi's selflessness and love for humanity.

     The illustrators included are: Art Adams, John Cassaday, Jim Cheung, Amanda Connor, Carlos D'Anda, Michael Gaydos, Gene Ha, Stephanie Hans, Bryan Hitch, Phil Jimenez, Siddharth Kotian, David LaFuente, David Mack, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, David Marquez, Steve McNiven, Rags Morales, Saumin Patel, Nate Powell, Stephane Roux, Marco Rudy, Kamome Shirahama, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Abhishek Singh.

My Thoughts:

The art is the first thing that caught my eye.  The drawings are really detailed and I could tell that more than one person was involved in this.  I especially liked the watercolor panels.

I definitely wish this was longer.  Gandhi had such an interesting and important life, and the art in this book brought it alive.  I think the book missed an opportunity to really delve into his teachings.

One cool element at the end a page of actual historical pictures and a timeline of Gandhi's life.  It was a nice way to tie it all together.  I would totally be interested in more of these Ordinary People Change the World graphic novels.  I think my kid learned about someone that isn't usually taught in history class at his age.  I hope these collaboraters do more books together!

Child Review:

The book shows you Gandhi's life from childhood thru his last act of Truth Force.  It features lots of different styles of art and I liked that.

I liked the book, Gandhi, because he started the civil rights movement.  It was cool to learn that he inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.  I liked seeing his whole life, but I wish it showed more of his childhood.  I thought the artwork was really realistic when you compared pictures to the real Gandhi.

I would recommend this for kids that like to learn about history.


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Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My SonHeroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

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