Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein

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by Don Brown
     
 

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When he was born, Albert was a peculiar, fat baby with an unusually big and misshaped head. When he was older, he hit his sister, bothered his teachers, and didn’t have many friends. But in the midst of all of this, Albert was fascinated with solving puzzles and fixing scientific problems. The ideas Albert Einstein came up with during his childhood as an odd… See more details below

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When he was born, Albert was a peculiar, fat baby with an unusually big and misshaped head. When he was older, he hit his sister, bothered his teachers, and didn’t have many friends. But in the midst of all of this, Albert was fascinated with solving puzzles and fixing scientific problems. The ideas Albert Einstein came up with during his childhood as an odd boy out were destined to change the way we know and understand the world around us . . .

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Children's Literature - Briana Devaser
Don Brown tells the story of Einstein's transition from "odd boy" to genius. Instead of concentrating on how brilliant Einstein was, Brown highlights some of Einstein's struggles and faults. As depicted in this book, young Einstein has a quick temper and does not always pay attention in school. Unpopular with his classmates, he spends most of his time alone. Many things that the typical boys like (for example, soldiers) frighten Einstein. His teachers misunderstand him and get frustrated with him. Readers will find Don Brown's simplistic language and engaging ideas accessible. In addition, his illustrations, presented from the viewpoint of a child, convey a great deal about the young Einstein. Many of the illustrations show the ideas in his head, allowing readers to see the enormity of his thoughts and how they can completely occupy a young mind. The creative use of foreground and background allows the reader to feel Einstein's isolation from the group in some illustrations, while the perspective of the images emphasizes the adults' larger size as they tower over the children. Brown succeeds in presenting a child's-eye view of a young Einstein's experiences in his illustrations and simplistic but interesting text. Reviewer: Briana Devaser
From the Publisher

Brown maintains a delicate tension between his accessible presentation and his extraordinary subject.
Horn Book, Starred

Humanely and humorously depicted... Kids won't need to understand relativity to appreciate Einstein's passage from lonely oddball to breathtaking genius.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Readers...will be heartened by the parallels between their own experiences and those of an iconic science guy.
Booklist, ALA

Brown at his best as he zeroes in on those telling traits that trim a larger-than-life figure down to size.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Through eloquent narrative and illustration, Brown offers a thoughtful introduction to an enigmatic man.
School Library Journal

Brown's narrative and appealingly quirky...art effectively illuminate the eccentricities and intelligence of Einstein the boy and the man.
Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547014357
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
190,337
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
Brown maintains a delicate tension between his accessible presentation and his extraordinary subject.
Horn Book, Starred

Humanely and humorously depicted... Kids won't need to understand relativity to appreciate Einstein's passage from lonely oddball to breathtaking genius.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Readers...will be heartened by the parallels between their own experiences and those of an iconic science guy.
Booklist, ALA

Brown at his best as he zeroes in on those telling traits that trim a larger-than-life figure down to size.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Through eloquent narrative and illustration, Brown offers a thoughtful introduction to an enigmatic man.
School Library Journal

Brown's narrative and appealingly quirky...art effectively illuminate the eccentricities and intelligence of Einstein the boy and the man.
Publishers Weekly

Library Media Connection

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