Electric Ben by Robert Byrd
The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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Electric Ben is now a 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Book Award Winner, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book, a Horn Fanfare Book, and a  Robert F. Sibert Honor book!

“a true standout…bright, witty, informative and cleverly organized as the man himself.” – The New York Times

A true Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity. In pictures and text, master artist Robert Byrd documents Franklin's numerous and diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals. The witty, wise, and endlessly curious Franklin is the perfect subject for Byrd's lively style and vibrant art. The pages pulse with facts, quotes, and captions, while the inventive design and intricately detailed illustrations make a striking tribute to the brilliant American.
 

About Robert Byrd

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Robert Byrd has been illustrating children's books for over thirty years, and his works include the Newbery Medal-winning Good Masters, Sweet Ladies. He teaches illustration in Philadelphia. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife.
 
Published September 13, 2012 by Dial Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books.

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Byrd’s prose is respectful of his young readers and sophisticated at the same time, providing historical and cultural context for events and significant moments in Franklin’s life and selecting from a very big life the stories that best convey a sense of the personality and character of the man.

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Publishers Weekly

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Byrd pushes the bounds of the picture-book format in this exhaustive exploration of the life of Benjamin Franklin%E2%80%94dense blocks of text vie for space with Byrd's meticulously inked and detailed

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Publishers Weekly

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Byrd pushes the bounds of the picture-book format in this exhaustive exploration of the life of Benjamin Franklin—dense blocks of text vie for space with Byrd's meticulously inked and detailed illustrations, as well as the many aphorisms for which Franklin is known ("An ounce of prevention is w...

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Electric Ben: The Amazing Lif...

City Book Review

His printing and publishing business gained him enough wealth that he could retire early and spend time on his hobby of science.

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A Patchwork of Books

Later, as a young artist I religiously collected my own issues, until finally - only relatively recently - one too many moves forced me to discard them.

Feb 11 2015 | Read Full Review of Electric Ben: The Amazing Lif...

The Horn Book

Nicely developed and designed spot art and larger illustrations on every page serve as internal end notes, explaining tangential information, giving more detail to certain ideas, and providing a visual record of Ben’s life and times.

Nov 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Electric Ben: The Amazing Lif...

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