|I am John Lewis (Ordinary people change the world)|
Author: Meltzer, Brad
This book spotlights John Lewis, known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement, having helped organize the March on Washington and the Selma Voting Rights March, and for his lifelong dedication to public service as a member of the House of Representatives.
School Library Journal (01/06/23)
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School Library Journal - 01/06/2023 K-Gr 2—This new installment in the "Ordinary People Change the World" series covers the late Congressman John Lewis's early life, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and a few facts about his life in office. In young Lewis's first-person narration, children learn how he "liked making things better" as he was growing up on a farm in Alabama, but how his parents repeatedly told him to "stay out of trouble" when he noticed the staggering racial injustice around him. Inspired by his grandmother's example of peaceful resistance, Lewis sought to "get into good trouble, necessary trouble" by trying to get a library card that he was denied, then participating in many nonviolent sit-ins, protests, and marches. The digital cartoonish illustrations are stylistically reminiscent of characters from "Peanuts" and "Calvin and Hobbes," depicting the difficult historical realities in a more approachable way, mixing full-bleed spreads with some comic book panels and speech balloons. Meltzer's prose also presents the brutal facts and events in a muted manner, although it does occasionally diminish the powerful and inspiring example of Lewis's life and message. Back matter includes a time line and photos. VERDICT While somewhat less sanitized than some of the others in this series, this is still a mixed bag in terms of tone and presentation of a charged period in history underlying an accessible if imperfect biography.—Yelena Voysey - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.