Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Jennifer Berne
Illustrator: Lorraine Nam
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Neil deGrasse Tyson knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist from the first day he heard the word. He always loved stars and thinking about the universe—who and what was out there to learn about? Neil spent his early school years working hard to earn money to buy his very own telescope, which he used to look at planets and stars out in the universe. As he grew older, Neil studied hard and became a star in his own right here on earth. He now spends his days as director of the Hayden Planetarium, the place where he first learned to love stars.
The book is incredible. Jennifer Berne does a wonderful job of including biographical information while still telling an entertaining and informative story. The author dives into a world-renowned astrophysicist’s life and shows an ordinary side to an extraordinary man. Lorraine Nam, the illustrator, provides art that adds to the wonder of the story. Included at the end is a glossary, further clarifying some of the words used in the book. Whether young or old, fans of science and space will find this book inspiring and easy to understand. After all, that is our world.