I am Gandhi – Review & Blog Tour

Hi Everyone! I am super excited to host I am gandhi’s Blog Tour today. Thank you so much penguin young readers for inviting me to take part in reading, reviewing, and hosting a blog tour!

Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:

Twenty-five exceptional comic book creators join forces to share the heroic story of Gandhi in this inspiring graphic novel biography.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.

Galvanized by Gandhi’s example of gentle, peaceful activism, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer asked his friends in the comic book world to help him make a difference by creating this philanthropic graphic novel. Twenty-four illustrators–including many of the most acclaimed artists in comics today–enthusiastically joined the project, agreeing to donate their work so that their royalties can go to Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders. This extraordinary biography is a glorious team effort that truly exemplifies Gandhi’s selflessness and love for humanity.

The illustrators included are: Art Adams, John Cassaday, Jim Cheung, Amanda Connor, Carlos D’Anda, Michael Gaydos, Gene Ha, Stephanie Hans, Bryan Hitch, Phil Jimenez, Siddharth Kotian, David LaFuente, David Mack, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, David Marquez, Steve McNiven, Rags Morales, Saumin Patel, Nate Powell, Stephane Roux, Marco Rudy, Kamome Shirahama, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Abhishek Singh.

About: I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero is a young adult graphic biography written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by 25 acclaimed artists listed by names above in bold font. It was recently published on 5/8/18 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 64 pages. The genres are non-fiction, children’s book, comic & graphic novel, history, social activist, and biography. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to Penguin’s website, “Dial publishes books for two through teen that aim to entertain, enrich, and encourage our readers. We care deeply about diversity and about artistic excellence. Established in 1961, Dial Books for Young Readers was an early pioneer of titles for the very young, including the first quality board books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading I am Gandhi on 5/6/18 as a bedtime story for my 6 years old son and we finished it that same night. This graphic biography of Gandhi is amazing! I love learning that he’s just an ordinary boy growing up: shy, afraid of the dark, not good at sports who loves to read, etc. I like his leadership because he is the walking example of what he preaches. I like his strategy of fighting for his rights without violence and treating people both poor and rich as equal. I like how a shy person can make a big difference with quiet actions. I like how his small actions can make a big impact, such as fasting to save the poorest of the poor, spinning to refuse buying British-made clothing, and walking long distance to avoid buying British produced salt.

In this book, readers will follow Gandhi from when he was just a school boy until India became a free country and all the poorest people of India are being treated fairly. Gandhi was a shy boy who loves to read, though he wasn’t an excellent student. His father had a good job in India and eventually Gandhi was able to obtain a good education in London, England. He became a lawyer but wasn’t successful at his first case back in India, luckily he was able to pursue law again in South Africa. From his trip to South Africa, he experienced first hand with inequality and how he was treated unfairly by the color of his skin. He decided to stay in South Africa to help other Indians to “become more active in the government” and to alter the existing laws. He came up with Satyagraha, a way to fight against the unfair treatment of people in a nonviolence way. After his mission accomplished in South Africa, he moved back to India to fight for India’s independence from the British.

A magnificent book, I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero is definitely worth the read. It is easy to read and understand for both kids and adult. The illustrations is amazing. It’s awesome how 25 artists from different backgrounds, cultures, and genders came together to showcase in a beautiful visual display of the peaceful hero. I love the different stages of Gandhi portrayed in this book. He is often in jail for his refusing to obey British laws. I love his innovative thinking of self sufficiency when he started to maintain a farm for food and spin to make his own clothes. I love his leading by examples. I love the bits of information about how his leadership affect the lives of the people all around the world today. I love reading Gandhi’s timeline at the end of the book. I love that my son learns of Gandhi at such a young age. I love this type of nonfiction reading and I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Pro: illustrations, history, biography, India, revolution, nonviolent resistance, heroism, leading by example, easy to read and understand

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Buy it here for free shipping: Book Depository or Penguin’s Website

Here are other books in the Ordinary People Change the World series:  Follow link for I Am Harriet Tubman Review.

About the Author:

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children. (Photo & Info provided by Penguin).

Everyone Follow the Blog Tour:

WEEK ONE
April 30 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review
May 1 – Pink Polka Dots Books – Child + Adult Review
May 2 – Four Violet Reviews – Creative
May 3 – Coquette Maman – Favorite illustrator and writing a post about them with a short review.
May 4 – Gravity Bread – Review + Highlights from different moments in his life.

WEEK TWO
May 7 – Pirates and Pixie Dust – Book Review
May 8 – InRandom – Review + Moments from the Book
May 9 – How Useful It Is – Review
May 10 – Payne Lover Reviews – Book Spotlight + Important facts about Gandhi’s Life

More information about Dial Books for Young Readers

Website: http://www.penguin.com/publishers/dialbooksforyoungreaders | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dialbfyr

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Brad Meltzer and publisher Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. I appreciate the invitation to host a blog tour for this book! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,
Jasmine

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