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Steve Jobs: Insanely Great

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  927 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Whether they’ve seen Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie, read Walter Isaacson’s biography, or just own an iPhone, this graphic novel retelling of the Apple innovator’s life will capture the imaginations of the legions of readers who live and breathe the technocentric world Jobs created.
Told through a combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwri
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
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My son grabbed this from his school library and I read it first because the librarian warned me it had drug use in it. My son thought this was “pretty good.” To me it seemed long and there were things that were brought up but then never mentioned again, so I had questions. What about Lisa? Did his relationship with his birth family continue? Why the big gap at the end? I understand he was sick, but there were years with no commentary. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the flashbacks to what was new in the ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in technology. This book is about Steve Jobs the founder of Apple and NeXT. He owned Pixar and had hand in a ton of different companies, many of which you know very well. Steve Jobs had a very high-life, now that's not to say all of it was. He had quite a few low, low, lows. He was diagnosed with cancer and died at age 56. I really liked this book and now have a greater knowledge of Steve Jobs. ...more
Barb Middleton
The illustration of a Hollerith machine reminded me of the IBM machine in our high school in the 80s. We were given a stack of punch cards that we had to code. We used it in math class for numeric computation. I'd punch the cards, run them through the machine and Blammo! it never worked for me. I really hated that machine. I took a DOS class in the 90s and it reminded me of the punch card days. One detail off and the whole thing-a-ma-jig would not work. Ugh! This book is a walk down nightmare ma ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn-bio, gn-ya
I liked this better than I thought I would. I really have no interest in Steve Jobs or the effort to deify him as hipster Zen Buddhist (?) pothead to capitalist icon billionaire crushing the global competition. But this book just came i my library and was shelved in the YA section, so I checked it out.. . . and given how much I loathe whatever it is I know about him, I didn't think this adoring bio sucked. It should have been in color instead of black and white, the sketchy style doesn't fir his ...more
Sara Geiser
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This biography shows who Steve Jobs was, and told what he did with his life really well. The reason I give it such a low rating though is that, it's hard to track what is happening, because of the pictures. The pictures kinda are everywhere, and the words are everywhere with the pictures. On a few pages, it shows a full page of pictures, and added text under the pictures. Its format is kinda like a little kid picked where the things in the book were going to go, but it does tell the story of Ste ...more
Wilde Sky
A short graphic biography of one of the founders of Apple.

I didn’t really know anything about Steve Jobs, besides he was one of the founders of Apple, so for me this book provided quite a bit of new information – for example how much of a ‘borrower’ he was (at least according to this book).

My rating of 3 stars (rather than higher) is because of the lack of detail and also some of the pages were appeared garbled.
Ben Nourai
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I enjoyed reading about Steve Jobs' life because he was a very successful man. It was interesting to see how he started from dropping out of college to becoming a millionaire. Furthermore, it was entertaining to read about how Apple was created and built up to where it is today. Steve Jobs was a genius and many people still look up to him because of his success in business. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes technology. ...more
Ethen C.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best biography I have ever read. It can be many different genres such as Non-fiction or graphic novel. I definitely recommend this book. I read it in one night which was about 2 hours. This story was about Steve Jobs and how his life was. I learned lots and lots of facts. I loved this book!!! P.S
This is the book Mrs. Morgan was talking about in class. I put it under the biography section.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool book!
Faidz Zainal Abidin

If you are really interested in Jobs’ autobiography, read Walter Isaacson. This is a brief biography targeted at younger readers and it is good enough. This is Jobs on ‘surface’.
Brett Klovanich
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I read the book Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland. This book is a graphic biography about Steve Jobs and his many great inventions. The main characters in this book are Steve Jobs, his family, and Woz. This book's setting was manly in silicon valley for Steve's childhood. The author does a great job of making you feel that you are there with Steve in that moment living his very own life. The illustrations also add to that affect because they are drawn with such detail. I thought that ...more
Yu Fung Leung
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wish I had something more positive to say about it, but the art and lettering is very poor, I'm talking about 'high school student doing art homework' level poor. Which is ironic since Jobs hammered so much on sleek and sharp design aesthetics, throughout his life. Simplistic or child-like illustrations can be charming and/or serve their purpose, but I don't feel it did in this case. it just looked bland and lazy to me, to be honest.

Still somewhat entertaining, but I think that has more to do b
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC picked up at BEA last May.

A very thorough graphic chronology of Steve Jobs life that doesn't sugar coat anything. The author also occasionally pauses in the telling of the Jobs story to remind the reader what technology was at times - reminding this oldster when microwave ovens became popular and what music formats were in use at different times.

The entire book is in black and white and crude, but identifiable, drawings. The author also did a book about Julia Child that I will definitely be
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This graphic biography is a fascinating look at an "insanely great" life. The devices our kids take for granted today, first started as someone's idea-often Steve Job's. I think kids will be excited to read about the man/mind behind their iPhones, iPods, iPads, and laptops. The graphic bio format is truly well done and will make this biography even more accessible to readers. Simple illustrations and key highlights of his life make this a great read for anyone curious about this modern day geniu ...more
Sam C
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book Steve Jobs: Insanely Great, is a wonderful graphic novel about Steve Jobs. The book goes over Steve's life starting from when he was adopted as a little boy all the way to his final hours of his times. It goes over how Steve came to start the company we all talk about today which is of course, Apple. In the book you will encounter his struggles, successes and much more about his rocky road through life, all brought together with interesting drawings on every page. Overall this was an ea ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
It's hard for me to review this book, because it is hard for me to be objective about Jobs. I think it gives a good overview of his accomplishments. I also really like the technology section. I do wish the author had emphasized his shortcomings a bit more. If I didn't know more about Jobs, reading this book would probably lead me to believe he was an exemplary human, rather than the complicated being he was. ...more
Abby Johnson
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good overview of Jobs's life and contributions to modern technology. Imagine where we'd be if not for Steve Jobs (I wouldn't be writing this review on my iPhone for one). This book concentrates mostly on Jobs's career and tech innovations. I'd especially keep it in mind for teens trying to figure out their path to career. ...more
Ella Beargie
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a really fun book to read. Many fun facts were included in this book which made this book an interesting book to read. Not only was this book fun to read I also learned a lot by reading this.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting and cool way of representing one of the coolest, craziest and inspiring people of the Technology Industry. It was fun reading the book that throws light on the overview and few important milestones in the life of late Steve Jobs. A nice read.
Sam Bloom
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd add "practically perfect" to the tag line "Insanely great." Superb. ...more
Dymar De Claro
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
****More like 3.5 stars
I'm an Apple fanboy so I was really excited to read this. I was lucky enough to have found this copy on BBW book event because if I'm completely honest I would have never read a biography. Because this is a graphic biography it gave me enough motivation to read it. (And so glad I did)

I really enjoyed this book but I do have some problems with it. I really liked the very sketch-y art style. Steve Jobs is a very fascinating subject because he is creative, passionate, innovat
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it

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For my review I’ll be talking about the book Steve Jobs. This book was a biography about the life and times of steve Jobs, throughout the book you experience how Steve was as a child, and how he was able to start the mega company that became Apple. I found out many interesting facts about Steve Jobs's early life, teenage years, and adulthood. The book was a graphic novel so it was very easy to read through it. The book starts a little slow, taking a plunge into the childhood of
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this graphic novel in one sitting and could not put it down! As a longtime Apple user, I have always been fascinated by Steve Job's life and career. Jessie Hartland wrote a phenomenal graphic biography, complete with drawings, fonts, and quirky text features. The illustrations are black and white, dance around the pages, and truly hook the reader in! I learned all about Steve's childhood, family, and how he started Apple Computer in his parent's garage in what is today, Silicon Valley. Je ...more
Jonathan Trifiletti
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the book "Steve Jobs: Insanely Great" by Jessie Hartland, it shows Steve Jobs' achievements throughout his life and his journey in developing the apple company. In the book, it teaches you all about moments from his early life, all the way up until his death. It brings you through his family, partners, and friends. It also shows the ups and downs of developing a company and working with people in order to be successful.
I rated this book 5 stars because the author makes it look non-professio
Elizabeth Long
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest. This is the first graphic novel I have read from cover to cover. I wanted to check out a different style of biography written specifically for teens. What I can say is that I feel this biography would definitely capture their attention and keep them reading rather than the novel Steve Jobs. The novel gave us the highlights of his life through the use of sketches, speaking and thought bubbles, and some side narrations. It took us all the way from his childhood which had a lar ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steve Jobs was the genius who created the electronic company, Apple. He brought us Apple computers, iPods, iPads and iPhones. He was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. His adoptive father was a machinist, so Jobs followed in his footsteps. Jobs loved to create things with electronic components. After dropping out of college, he created his own company. Jobs died of cancer at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011. His last words were “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”

In “Steve Jobs Insanely Great”,
Harry Brake
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In looking at the creative design of the outside of Jessie Hartland's graphic novel, Steve Jobs, of course you are curious. Here was the idea of Apple in a graphic novel from the outside in.

The illustrations that almost resemble brainstorming and sketching on every page truly works. In every segment the top gadgets of that era, starting with 60's in Santa Clara, stretching to the 2000's is excellent. Timelines of Steve Jobs, the Bibliography, as well as the Notes as well only add to the overall
Valerie Perkins
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book , Steve Jobs : Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland , shows an amazing perspective of Jobs' life. It shows how he struggled to become who he is now . He died at a young age of 53 but the things he accomplished in that short amount of time is incredible and that is what this book portrays. I have learned so much from this book. I never thought as popular as Jobs is, that he had overcome the struggles that he faced. This book taught me that no matter how many bumps in the road that there are ...more
Jarrett Bell
Here is the task: Make a biography about one of greatest thinkers of our time. Audience? Kids. Oh, and make sure incomprehensible context about computers is there too. FANTASTIC. Harland nailed this by creating a graphic novel written and illustrated in a style that kids will connect with. Why? Because it looks like a stupid "Capitan Underpants" or "Wimpy Kid" book! Brilliant!

I absolutely loved reading this book. Not only does it show both sides of Job's craziness in a non-biased way, kids will
Emily Shaw
I enjoyed learning more than I knew before about Steve Jobs. However, I did not like how the book was set up. I felt it was disorganized and it made it hard to read. I felt the author wanted to take a different approach than writing a plain biography, but I felt distracted. I felt the words, due to the type of text, was a little hard to read. I did enjoy the illustrations and felt it was a nice touch. I just wish the text was in a more organized manner. Overall, the book held a lot of great info ...more
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