Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize #Bookaday review

By Kathy-Jo Wargrin & Zachary Pullen

Title: Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize

Author: Kathy-Jo Wargin (writer), Zachary Pullen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication year: 2009
Category: Picture Book (non-fiction)
Source: Monroe 1 BOCES Overdrive E-Book Collection

Summary: Biographical account of Alfred Nobel's life from his refinement of nitroglycerin into Dynamite to his decision to try to change what he would be known for after his death.

Review: I was decidedly underwhelmed by this book. I felt the story was dull and did not match the tone of the illustrations. While the book presented the facts of Alfred's life plainly, it felt incomplete, as it didn't address why Alfred Nobel chose to honor the fields he did, outside a passing refrence in the initial pages to the fact that he loved writing and poetry as much as science and chemistry as young man.

Classroom Use: While I would like to have picturebook biography of Alfred Nobel, this would not be my first choice.

 

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