The Resource I am Amelia Earhart, Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

I am Amelia Earhart, Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Label
I am Amelia Earhart
Title
I am Amelia Earhart
Statement of responsibility
Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A simple look at the life and achievements of the famous pilot
Member of
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • (The following is a combined review for I Am Abraham Lincoln; I Am Amelia Earhart; and ) K-Gr 2 — Imagine, if you will, two famous Americans whose childhood selves were strong and portentous of their future adult lives but whose bodies stayed small and childlike as they achieved their incredible feats. Meltzer has chosen to portray these iconic figures in this way, perhaps in the hopes that modern-day kids will more easily identify with them. Both narratives are told in first person, which raises doubts as to whether they could truly be called biographies. For example, Amelia Earhart recounts an incident in which she and her sister built a ramp off the side of a shed so they could ride a cart off the roof. Her brother comes along and asks, "Amelia, are you sure this is a good idea?" She replies, "This isn't a good idea. It's the BEST idea!" Such conversations and the lack of resources calls the books' informational value into question. On the other hand, they each talk about the character traits that made Earhart and Lincoln wonderful role models and determined in their life pursuits. The illustrations, while a bit odd, are also rather charming. Their comiclike nature and the brief, readable text will appeal to young readers. Adults who read these books with children will have plenty to discuss regarding the hard work, persistence, and determination each person showed, as long as it's clear that the books themselves are fictionalized.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID --Maggie Chase (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p181)
  • Thriller writer Meltzer, who also hosts the history-themed TV show Decoded, introduces groundbreaking historical figures in the Ordinary People Change the World series, which launches with this title and I Am Abraham Lincoln (a third book, I Am Rosa Parks, is scheduled for summer 2014). Beyond the underlying message that average people are capable of greatness, the conceit on which the series turns is that each famous protagonist is pictured as a child, even at the peak of his or her adult accomplishments and fame. Eliopoulos draws Earhart as an eager, try-anything kind of girl whose oversize head, stumpy limbs, and expressive reactions strongly evoke the work of Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson. Early scenes show Earhart getting her first taste of flight via a homemade roller coaster (“That was awesome!” shouts Amelia after her “un-ladylike” crash landing), before the book moves on to her record-setting feats of aviation. Anachronisms are embraced wholeheartedly, and moments of humor balance out the plainly stated message: “Whatever your dream is, chase it.” Archival photos wrap up this entertaining and inspiring primer, though source notes are absent. Ages 5–8. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 4, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 44, p)
  • The ever-popular pioneering female pilot gets a breezy and very incomplete biography. Meltzer gives Amelia a first-person voice and, in a very sketchy narrative laced with comic-book speech bubbles, presents her as a dare-devil tomboy. The flying bug hits her when she goes up for a flight with Frank Hawks at the age of 23. She tries her hand at different jobs to earn money for flying lessons; Meltzer, writing too glibly, calls stenography, one of those failed efforts, a "fancy-schmancy word." As Amelia makes her solo trans-Atlantic flight, she shouts, "This is AWESOME!"--a word no doubt intended to resonate with contemporary readers but unlikely to have occurred to Earhart at the moment. The text concludes with an exhortation to "Never let anyone stop you. / Whatever your dream is, chase it. / Work hard for it." There is nary a mention of her final, disastrous around-the-world flight and disappearance over the Pacific. Eliopoulos' digitally rendered art is cartoon in style, with Earhart resembling a bobblehead doll and wearing an aviator hat and goggles. The audience for this mixed-up comic/bio is not at all clear. Given its incomplete information and lack of source material (an actual quote from Earhart is unreferenced), there is no justifying calling it a biography. Nor is there enough entertainment to call this a comic book. Skip. (photographs) (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10248725
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meltzer, Brad
Dewey number
  • 629.13092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 580L
  • Decoding demand: 76 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 86 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 91 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
TL540.E3
LC item number
M45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Eliopoulos, Chris
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Ordinary people change the world
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Earhart, Amelia
  • Earhart, Amelia
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
Target audience
primary
Label
I am Amelia Earhart, Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1007123
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780803740822
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013010559
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780803740822
Label
I am Amelia Earhart, Brad Meltzer ; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1007123
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780803740822
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013010559
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780803740822

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