Monday, September 17, 2018

Brad Meltzer's Best-Selling Ordinary People Change the World Series Now Includes "I Am Neil Armstrong" (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My youngest daughter already knows what she wants to be when she grows up...she wants to be a history teacher, so that she can share all about the amazing people in history that changed the world.  And, thanks to the wonderfully written and best-selling series, "Ordinary People Change the World" by Brad Metlzer, she is learning about people like Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, and now Neil Armstrong.

Back on Sept. 11th, "I am Neil Armstrong" was released, and has been delighting kids and adults at bedtime, or when families sit down to enjoy this amazing picture book, which shares this famous astronaut's life, from childhood through this time with NASA.  

We have been steadily adding "I am..." books to our growing "Ordinary People Change the World," and were really excited to read this new release, as we are covering space in our homeschooling this month, and this book ties in nicely with what we are learning.  My girls really enjoy these picture books, as they are chock fun of facts about each person being featured, and are written so that they can understand.  My youngest also says she likes how some of the illustrations are set up like a comic with the pop up dialogue boxes, which is also fun.

This book does a really nice job of introducing kids of all ages to Neil Armstrong.  While he is most famous for going to the Moon, this book also shows how he was more of an engineer, who needed to solve problems and look for solutions.  He tested and failed at times, but never gave up. Neil Armstrong with also be an American hero, and this book does a great job in showing just how courageous and humble he was, and how through hard work and dedication, he took a childhood dream and love of planes, and made it a career and lifelong passion.  Teamwork and a great explanation of the need to be a engineer and what that entails for an aerospace engineer like Armstrong was, are also covered in this book.  Kids, and adults, will walk away after reading this book with a great appreciation for Neil Armstrong, and see that he did so much more than just walk on the Moon in his lifestyle.

I highly recommend this book, and can't wait for the next book in the "Ordinary People Change the World" series to release on November 13th.  It will be all about Sonia Sotomayor! :-) 

More about this new children's book:

"When Neil Armstrong passed away in 2012, a NASA administrator wrote, “As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.” Known for taking history’s most famous leap, Armstrong is universally beloved as an American hero, bravely going farther and higher than anyone had ever gone before. Yet Armstrong is also remembered for his courage in the face of failure, his preparedness to engineer a solution to any problem, and his humility—his refusal to use the word “I.” Instead Armstrong used “we,” recalling the group of scientists and engineers, welders and mathematicians, astronauts and crew members, who went before him and allowed him to take that last step in a long line of steps to walk on the moon.

It’s also that humility that inspired #1 New York Times bestselling author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer to select Neil Armstrong as the latest subject of his bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series. AM NEIL ARMSTRONG (Dial; on sale September 11, 2018; ages 5-8; $14.99), illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, is a picture book portrait of a courageous yet humble hero who embodied the spirit of hard work and teamwork, determined to engineer a solution to reach the stars. 

In AM NEIL ARMSTRONG, Meltzer traces Armstrong’s life starting as a small child growing up in Ohio, when he fell in love with planes. At six years old Armstrong collected model plans and at sixteen he received his pilot’s license. Then when the space race began, Armstrong found himself with the opportunity to become a new type of pilot—an astronaut. With bravery and patience, Armstrong and his team worked hard, and after many small steps they took a giant leap together. They landed their lunar module on the moon.

A cultural icon, this year Neil Armstrong will also be the subject of feature biopic produced by Universal Pictures. First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, will be released on October 12, 2018. 

Originally a passion project, the Ordinary People Change the World series started five years ago when Brad Meltzer was shopping for clothes for his daughter, and all he could find were shirts reality stars on them. From his love of history, Brad knew there were better heroes for his children to want to emulate. Brad soon penned the first book in a nonfiction picture book series that focuses on the traits kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. With over 2 million books in print, heroes like Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, and Albert Einstein now sit on the shelves of children nationwide. Neil Armstrong, one of history’s most famous engineers, is the fifteenth hero to join the highly successful series."



Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle, The President’s Shadow and The House of Secrets). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded andBrad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.


Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on literally thousands of comics. But along with that, he is also the author/artist of many comics, including Cosmic Commandos, Monster Mayhem, and the popular series  Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers and Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, for which he was nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and received a Harvey Award. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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