A humorous but realistic version of the life of Newton is explored in this biography. His childhood is marred by the fact that his father died when he was born, and his mother left him with his grandmother when he was three years old so that she could remarry and live with her new husband. Vignettes of information with illustrations follow each page of narrative. A "Handy Hint" is given on every second page, concerning topics such as a warning to avoid the plague and other nasty diseases. Newton's interest in alchemy, his books about laws of motion and gravity, and his work as a politician are covered with the same irony, humor, and unflattering facts. His penchant for picking fights, his unusual beliefs, and bouts with depression are also described. Even his death is painful, and his legacy comes with the statements that he had few friends and never married, so his "great achievements came at great personal costs." The numerous comical illustrations enhance the entertaining aspects of the story. There is a table of contents, a glossary, and an index in this text that is part of the "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series. A lively and unusual twist for a biography, this text provides a different perspective on Newton's life, and the many facts that are included give it educational value. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Meet the Author
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.