by Maria Popova
The charming visual tale of an introverted little boy who grew up to become the quintessential modern genius.
Given my soft spot for picture-book and graphic-novel accounts of famous lives, including Charles Darwin, Julia Child,Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Feynman,Ella Fitzgerald, and Steve Jobs, I was instantly taken with On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (public library). Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by none other than Vladimir Radunsky— the same magnificent talent who brought young Mark Twain’s irreverentAdvice to Little Girls back to life in 2013, which topped the list of the year’s best children’s books and was among the year’s best books overall. This charming picture-book tells the tale of how an unusual and awkward child blossomed into becoming “the quintessential modern genius” by the sheer virtue of his unrelenting curiosity.