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Twenty-five exceptional comic book creators join forces to
share the heroic story of Gandhi in this inspiring graphic novel
biography.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how
people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up
with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He
used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent
revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm,
steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil
rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can
be the most powerful.
Galvanized by Gandhi's example of gentle,
peaceful activism, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer
asked his friends in the comic book world to help him make a difference
by creating this philanthropic graphic novel. Twenty-four
illustrators--including many of the most acclaimed artists in comics
today--enthusiastically joined the project, agreeing to donate their
work so that their royalties can go to Seeds of Peace, a non-profit
organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global
leaders. This extraordinary biography is a glorious team effort that
truly exemplifies Gandhi's selflessness and love for
humanity.
The illustrators included are: Art Adams, John
Cassaday, Jim Cheung, Amanda Connor, Carlos D'Anda, Michael Gaydos, Gene
Ha, Stephanie Hans, Bryan Hitch, Phil Jimenez, Siddharth Kotian, David
LaFuente, David Mack, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, David Marquez, Steve
McNiven, Rags Morales, Saumin Patel, Nate Powell, Stephane Roux, Marco
Rudy, Kamome Shirahama, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Abhishek Singh.

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May 05, 2018

I am Gandhi Review & Blog Tour

About: I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero is a young adult graphic biography written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by 25 acclaimed artists listed by names above in bold font. It was recently published on 5/8/18 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 64 pages. The genres are non-fiction, childrens book, comic & graphic novel, history, social activist, and biography. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 I am Gandhi – Review & Blog Tour

About: I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero is a young adult graphic biography written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by 25 acclaimed artists listed by names above in bold font. It was recently published on 5/8/18 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 64 pages. The genres are non-fiction, children’s book, comic & graphic novel, history, social activist, and biography. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

My Experience: I started reading I am Gandhi on 5/6/18 as a bedtime story for my 6 years old son and we finished it that same night. This graphic biography of Gandhi is amazing! I love learning that he’s just an ordinary boy growing up: shy, afraid of the dark, not good at sports who loves to read, etc. I like his leadership because he is the walking example of what he preaches. I like his strategy of fighting for his rights without violence and treating people both poor and rich as equal. I like how a shy person can make a big difference with quiet actions. I like how his small actions can make a big impact, such as fasting to save the poorest of the poor, spinning to refuse buying British-made clothing, and walking long distance to avoid buying British produced salt.

In this book, readers will follow Gandhi from when he was just a school boy until India became a free country and all the poorest people of India are being treated fairly. Gandhi was a shy boy who loves to read, though he wasn’t an excellent student. His father had a good job in India and eventually Gandhi was able to obtain a good education in London, England. He became a lawyer but wasn’t successful at his first case back in India, luckily he was able to pursue law again in South Africa. From his trip to South Africa, he experienced first hand with inequality and how he was treated unfairly by the color of his skin. He decided to stay in South Africa to help other Indians to “become more active in the government” and to alter the existing laws. He came up with Satyagraha, a way to fight against the unfair treatment of people in a nonviolence way. After his mission accomplished in South Africa, he moved back to India to fight for India’s independence from the British.

A magnificent book, I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero is definitely worth the read. It is easy to read and understand for both kids and adult. The illustrations is amazing. It’s awesome how 25 artists from different backgrounds, cultures, and genders came together to showcase in a beautiful visual display of the peaceful hero. I love the different stages of Gandhi portrayed in this book. He is often in jail for his refusing to obey British laws. I love his innovative thinking of self sufficiency when he started to maintain a farm for food and spin to make his own clothes. I love his leading by examples. I love the bits of information about how his leadership affect the lives of the people all around the world today. I love reading Gandhi’s timeline at the end of the book. I love that my son learns of Gandhi at such a young age. I love this type of nonfiction reading and I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Pro: illustrations, history, biography, India, revolution, nonviolent resistance, heroism, leading by example, easy to read and understand

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Brad Meltzer and publisher Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. I appreciate the invitation to host a blog tour for this book! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,
Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details ...more
4

Dec 03, 2019

I saw the Ben Kingsley movie many years ago and my memory fades of it, but they show the story starting after he gets to India, I believe. I dont remember that Gandhi started out in South Africa where he put his ideas into practice. There are so many things that Brad always brings out in these stories that I didn't know.

Brad brings energy and lightheartedness to these stories of real people. The nephew loved the little kid who kept shouting Truth Force all the time.

Learnings
I didnt know about I saw the Ben Kingsley movie many years ago and my memory fades of it, but they show the story starting after he gets to India, I believe. I don’t remember that Gandhi started out in South Africa where he put his ideas into practice. There are so many things that Brad always brings out in these stories that I didn't know.

Brad brings energy and lightheartedness to these stories of real people. The nephew loved the little kid who kept shouting “Truth Force” all the time.

Learnings
I didn’t know about the statue to Gandhi either, but it makes a whole lot of sense there was a memorial set up to him.
These were tumultuous times and the book makes it feel pretty safe and all the violence is pretty much removed. We do see Gandhi in jail.
He was a small man.

I know a lot more about him than in this book, but it’a s great introduction for children to learn about him.

The nephew thought the little kid version of Gandhi was hilarious. He likes these books. He asked why getting salt would get you thrown in jail. There isn’t a good answer to that. People are silly at times and that makes others suffer. He thought this was a good story and he gave this 3 stars. He was in a good place for this. ...more
5

Oct 19, 2017

This was such a powerful book. I don't even think I know where to begin to I'll discuss it in sections.

Artwork: The artwork was beautiful and rich in color. I never really took into consideration the idea of the artist using warm colors as the backdrop of this story, but it worked so well. I even appreciated the exaggeration of Ghandi on the cover. Eliopoulos stays with the concept/idea of keeping Ghandi small as the character states that in the beginning of the book. Overall, the artwork was This was such a powerful book. I don't even think I know where to begin to I'll discuss it in sections.

Artwork: The artwork was beautiful and rich in color. I never really took into consideration the idea of the artist using warm colors as the backdrop of this story, but it worked so well. I even appreciated the exaggeration of Ghandi on the cover. Eliopoulos stays with the concept/idea of keeping Ghandi small as the character states that in the beginning of the book. Overall, the artwork was amazing and definitely added to the overall feel of the story.

Plot: This is a book that can be read by people of all ages. At first, I had an expectation that it would simply be fitting for a younger audience; however, as a young woman in her late 20's I found that I learned just as much as any young reader. Meltzer gives explicit details and information affiliated with Ghandi. I knew that Ghandi was the original creator of the concept of non-violence; however, I don't believe I realized to what extent he created the entire concept of non-violence and living a life that was based in simplicity. Even learning about the Salt Walk was new to me. It amazed me that something so small as a community of members walking to grab hand fulls of salt in protest of buying British salt could have such an amazing effect. I think that this is a book for all ages. If you've never experienced this book or haven't had the opportunity to pick it up I would definitely recommend it. ...more
5

May 12, 2018

Ill be honestwhen I first read on the cover that 25 different artists illustrated this graphic biography, I was worried that the stagnation of illustration styles would hinder the narrative of Gandhis life, but I was so wrong. Instead, by allowing each illustrator to give us their interpretation of Gandhi, his spirit instead flowed through the pages as it was obvious that his story had touched each and every artist, and the author, taking part in this graphic biography.

While reading, it was I’ll be honest–when I first read on the cover that 25 different artists illustrated this graphic biography, I was worried that the stagnation of illustration styles would hinder the narrative of Gandhi’s life, but I was so wrong. Instead, by allowing each illustrator to give us their interpretation of Gandhi, his spirit instead flowed through the pages as it was obvious that his story had touched each and every artist, and the author, taking part in this graphic biography.

While reading, it was clear to me that Meltzer wanted Gandhi’s message of equality, peace, and kindness to scream at the reader, and this was confirmed when I read the Washington Post article about Meltzer’s inspiration. I believe Meltzer did a beautiful job not only telling Gandhi’s story but also showing that peace is possible in a time of tumultuous relationships but that the only way to truly achieve it is through similar activism as Gandhi.

Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1... ...more
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Jun 23, 2018

This was a beautifully illustrated graphic biography with a very simple outline of Ghandis life. It was gorgeous and inspiring.

This only gives the bare bones of Ghandis story but it inspired me to want to read a whole biography about him. The book does give a list of texts for further reading in the back. So it gives you an opportunity to research him in more depth.

I enjoyed that the illustrations were a collaboration between many artists and that made the book more dynamic. Even though the This was a beautifully illustrated graphic biography with a very simple outline of Ghandi’s life. It was gorgeous and inspiring.

This only gives the bare bones of Ghandi’s story but it inspired me to want to read a whole biography about him. The book does give a list of texts for further reading in the back. So it gives you an opportunity to research him in more depth.

I enjoyed that the illustrations were a collaboration between many artists and that made the book more dynamic. Even though the plot is so simplistic it is an important story to tell and would be perfect to share with children. ...more
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Sep 17, 2017

I continue to adore this series and everything that it stands for: great illustrations, a perfectly organized biography of a person who changed the world, and an underlying message that empowers the readers. For Gandhi's biography, Meltzer focuses on the truth brigade, ultimately Gandhi's use of seeking a voice for the masses and his quiet power. It showcases the mighty-ness of such a small and gentle man, who occasionally did raise his voice and that he wasn't perfect, but he sought to raise I continue to adore this series and everything that it stands for: great illustrations, a perfectly organized biography of a person who changed the world, and an underlying message that empowers the readers. For Gandhi's biography, Meltzer focuses on the truth brigade, ultimately Gandhi's use of seeking a voice for the masses and his quiet power. It showcases the mighty-ness of such a small and gentle man, who occasionally did raise his voice and that he wasn't perfect, but he sought to raise everyone up and went to work wherever that could happen.

I'm getting used to the big-headed, little body interpretations and have come to enjoy them. ...more
3

Jan 19, 2018

I don't think the text was changed at all from the small, picture book edition for younger readers and that's unfortunate. The illustrations are gorgeous, but there was an opportunity hereto go a little deeper and even address Gandhi's assassination and I wish it had been taken. It's physically beautiful but, sadly, the beauty is mostly skin deep.
5

Nov 19, 2017

This is a wonderful early biography for young readers in a graphic novel style format.
4

Aug 14, 2018

My son chose this and has read it about four times. He loves the comic book format. This book is very comprehensive and teaches the Salt Marches and the Massacre at Amritsar in an appropriate, digestible way that small kids can understand.
4

Sep 29, 2017

I love the Ordinary People Change World biographical picture book series from Brad Meltzer. Positive and inspiring for preschoolers. Christopher Eliopoulos cute illustrations just add another layer of appeal!

As the series progresses, the books boast more text. With Gandhi's story, having to talk about his time in two countries fighting social and racial injustice and his philosophy of Satyagraha Truth Force!), it allows readers to have a bigger scope of his contribution. I love the Ordinary People Change World biographical picture book series from Brad Meltzer. Positive and inspiring for preschoolers. Christopher Eliopoulos’ cute illustrations just add another layer of appeal!

As the series progresses, the books boast more text. With Gandhi's story, having to talk about his time in two countries fighting social and racial injustice and his philosophy of Satyagraha Truth Force!), it allows readers to have a bigger scope of his contribution. ...more
5

Feb 02, 2018

Genre: Biography
Grade Level: Any grade 2-5

The book "I am Gandhi" by Brad Meltzer is a book that demonstrates courage, perseverance, and bravery. Gandhi was a man who saw injustice, became convicted to make change, and did so through peaceful protests. Through small acts of civil disobedience, Gandhi showed that you could make change without violence, which I think is very important to show in this time period. Whether it was refusing to get up from a train or making sandals for the people who Genre: Biography
Grade Level: Any grade 2-5

The book "I am Gandhi" by Brad Meltzer is a book that demonstrates courage, perseverance, and bravery. Gandhi was a man who saw injustice, became convicted to make change, and did so through peaceful protests. Through small acts of civil disobedience, Gandhi showed that you could make change without violence, which I think is very important to show in this time period. Whether it was refusing to get up from a train or making sandals for the people who treated him poorly, Gandhi demonstrated how one person could be powerful. Although he directly fought for South Africa and India, Gandhi's influence has reached the entire world, which can be very empowering for children to see.

I would use this book in my classroom when talking about civil rights movements. This book could be used when teaching about Martin Luther King Jr. and other peaceful protesters. This book could also be used for showing students that "heroes" actually start out as very normal people and were not just born being heroes. By reading this book, students are encouraged to become change agents and realize that it takes hard work and perseverance to overcome challenges, no matter how big or small. These

This book was a wow book for me because it packs so much information into an inviting, engaging children's book. As a 2o year old, I learned SO MUCH about Gandhi and peaceful protests in general. I love how people of any age could read this book and gain so much from it. The book not only teaches about Gandhi's life and influence, but it also teaches about the importance of courage and standing up for people in a peaceful way. This book could be used in so many lessons and I believe students would benefit greatly by having access to this book! ...more
5

Mar 08, 2020

An honest attempt at a complicated subject. I even learned some new facts. I love how all these books begin with facts about the persons childhood. My students enjoyed dis one. An honest attempt at a complicated subject. I even learned some new facts. I love how all these books begin with facts about the person’s childhood. My students enjoyed dis one. ...more
4

Apr 07, 2018

I received this book from Goodreads giveaways. A very basic biography but provided sources and suggestions for further reading. But this was a graphic novel, not a novel length biography. I found the variety of illustrations, from 25 different illustrators, compelling. The differences of the art provided a depth to the character that could not be portrayed in the sparsity of words.
5

Apr 22, 2018

I loved that you not only get to see Gandhi's life, but the historical references throughout the story give perspective as to the time line. The story is real without being overly graphic. The biggest compliment I can give this book is that it is honoring of Gandhi's heart. Thank you to all of the artists that contributed to this project.
3

Oct 22, 2018

I liked the collaborative nature of this comic - with a new artist taking over every page or two. It showcased such a great range of styles and technique. I wish the story had been a bit more detailed, however. I felt like it left out so many elements of not only Gandhi's life but also India itself.
5

Mar 20, 2018

I received this book free through goodreads first reads. I think that this is a great read for kids and anyone into comics. I feel that this book covers enough information to get a clear idea of who Gandhi was and what he believed in. The art in this graphic novel is wonderful too. Overall great job.
3

Dec 12, 2018

While uplifting the story of Gandhis methods of nonviolent protest, this and many other biographies fall far from the truth about the man and his racist, classist politics and odd sexual predilections. I dont like the idea of avoiding ugly truths in books just to save children from hearing about them. While uplifting the story of Gandhi’s methods of nonviolent protest, this and many other biographies fall far from the truth about the man and his racist, classist politics and odd sexual predilections. I don’t like the idea of avoiding ugly truths in books just to save children from hearing about them. ...more
4

Dec 16, 2017

Another solid edition by Brad and Christopher. This pair works really well at using events and characters of modern times and bringing them and their importance down to a level which students love. Some of the characters such as this installment will lead the older students to further research and other information. These a great additions to keep the biography section current and up-to-date.
5

Oct 10, 2017

I can't state enough how much I love Brad Meltzer's I AM series of children's books. These books teach children about persistence and character in a way that's understandable and fun. I AM GANDHI is a timely reminder of how children could pursue making a real difference in the world by becoming proactive members in society.
3

Apr 22, 2018

A lovely graphic biography somewhat similar to Malala Yousafzai's story For the Right To Learn. I can see this being used in classrooms from elementary through adults to understand the generalities of Gandhi's life. It discusses political activism, his early life in understanding where his impact would be, and why he is seen as the father or Bapu of India and of non-violence though it does not touch on more than the basics of his imprisonment, family, or the rights he was fighting for in A lovely graphic biography somewhat similar to Malala Yousafzai's story For the Right To Learn. I can see this being used in classrooms from elementary through adults to understand the generalities of Gandhi's life. It discusses political activism, his early life in understanding where his impact would be, and why he is seen as the father or Bapu of India and of non-violence though it does not touch on more than the basics of his imprisonment, family, or the rights he was fighting for in countries like South Africa and India. ...more
5

Oct 08, 2017

In I am Gandhi, we learn Gandhi was afraid of snakes, not good at sports and ran home so people wouldnt make fun of him. Even though he read lots of books, he wasnt good at school. The book goes on to tell about all the social injustices he experienced an Indian in South Africa. One day he decided to do something about it. He made his first speech and formed the Natal Indian Congress. Most importantly, he came up with Satyagraha, outlining peaceful methods to changing the social injustices. In I am Gandhi, we learn Gandhi was afraid of snakes, not good at sports and ran home so people wouldn’t make fun of him. Even though he read lots of books, he wasn’t good at school. The book goes on to tell about all the social injustices he experienced an Indian in South Africa. One day he decided to do something about it. He made his first speech and formed the Natal Indian Congress. Most importantly, he came up with Satyagraha, outlining peaceful methods to changing the social injustices. Written so young minds can understand how and why his simple methods resulted in change, this is an inspiring story about how an ordinary person made a change in the world. ...more
4

Oct 04, 2017

Gandhi himself narrates this picture book biography, spanning his childhood through the Salt March in 1930. Efforts are made to explain what personal obstacles Gandhi overcame to become a leader. I like that in explaining satyagraha, he is shown to occasionally lose his temper - even this great man who made peaceful non violence his most important idea! The book aspires to inspire, and succeeds. The digital illustrations are full of life, color and appealing comic book elements, such as panels Gandhi himself narrates this picture book biography, spanning his childhood through the Salt March in 1930. Efforts are made to explain what personal obstacles Gandhi overcame to become a leader. I like that in explaining satyagraha, he is shown to occasionally lose his temper - even this great man who made peaceful non violence his most important idea! The book aspires to inspire, and succeeds. The digital illustrations are full of life, color and appealing comic book elements, such as panels and speech bubbles. Also, satyagraha is nicknamed Gandhi's Truth Force, as if he were a comic book superhero. I appreciate that the author used Gandhi's actual dialogue whenever possible. Back matter includes photographs, a time line and sources. ...more
5

Oct 16, 2017

I've read a few Children's Non-Fiction books on this particular gentleman, and while most specifically focus on his AMAZING walk to the sea (peaceful salt protest...read up on it!), this one presented a more well-rounded picture of his life and times, yet kept it accessible for the target audience. I mean, yes...he was a man who sought peace over violence, but did you know that as a boy, we studied in London? Did you know his course of study was the Law? Did you know that he actually took a case I've read a few Children's Non-Fiction books on this particular gentleman, and while most specifically focus on his AMAZING walk to the sea (peaceful salt protest...read up on it!), this one presented a more well-rounded picture of his life and times, yet kept it accessible for the target audience. I mean, yes...he was a man who sought peace over violence, but did you know that as a boy, we studied in London? Did you know his course of study was the Law? Did you know that he actually took a case to trial (though he didn't finish it)? Betcha didn't...but now you DO and that is only the top of the iceberg in this amazing little book that will not only educate but inspire...and couldn't we all use a little more peace-not-violence talk about now?

**copy received for review ...more
4

Mar 31, 2018

I am Gandhi is an amazingly written, beautifully illustrated, and kid-friendly biography about one of the most powerful men in history. Gandhi is well known for his peaceful protests and inspirational speeches. He is proof that nations can come to an agreement peacefully without the use of violence. People can agree or disagree with laws peacefully without killing others. Gandhi's story is such a remarkable reminder that hard work and dedication truly does pay off. Through all of his obstacles I am Gandhi is an amazingly written, beautifully illustrated, and kid-friendly biography about one of the most powerful men in history. Gandhi is well known for his peaceful protests and inspirational speeches. He is proof that nations can come to an agreement peacefully without the use of violence. People can agree or disagree with laws peacefully without killing others. Gandhi's story is such a remarkable reminder that hard work and dedication truly does pay off. Through all of his obstacles and roadblocks, he never gave up. He persevered through being imprisoned, ridiculed, and many cases of racism and inequality, but he NEVER gave up. I love Brad Meltzer's biographies and how engaging they are for my kiddos and the classroom! ...more
3

Jan 06, 2020

While this story was informative, I felt like there was too much packed in for the age group it's intended. I actually got bored with all the writing and skipped over some of the narrative. Gandhi was an interesting figure so it was nice to read about him.

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