Leonardo, The Beautiful Dreamer
Robert Byrd celebrates this passio...more
I’m really not a fan of nonfiction books of any sort. Not that I’m opposed to learning about people or things! I just learn better in a fictional world. (For examples, see my Percy Jackson reviews). But Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer really had me enjoying reading about Leonardo da Vinci’s life. Each page was jam packed with pictures and narrative describing one aspect of da Vinci’s life up until his death, and boy was it informative. I found this to be a positive as well as a negative. The main na...more
Born in the Italian countryside, Leonardo had a curious eye and artistic hand from the start. These two qualities emerged in each end...more
The positives: There's a ton of great information, wonderful illustrations and a comprehensive look at Leonardo's life as well as of some of his contemporaries. The page on mirror writing was very cool.
The negatives: It's soooo long, with an overwhelming amount of information and at times the font is too small and fancy to be very legible. I know I...more
So far it has given us a chance to talk about names and where they come from, how society once treated illegitimate children, art, Italy, and the destruction of war (which destroyed a larger than life sculpture of a horse that was o...more
Bibliography in back.
Not really for early readers. I'd label this a chapter book in picture book format.