The first book of “March” introduces the childhood and early adult life of US Congressman John Lewis, a revered figure in the Civil Rights Movement. The story is told from the perspective of John Lewis in the present day, looking back and telling a group of curious children his story.
The retrospective angle fell flat for me, with present-day John Lewis coming off as a kindly, but dull, patriarch. However, the story is still rich, and the inside look at the Civil Rights Movement is fascinating, despite patches of flat narration.
"Radioactive" chronicles the life and death, loves and discoveries of esteemed scientists Marie Curie. Full of quotes, historical photographs and demure illustrations, Redniss weaves together a remarkable tale that touches upon many themes: most importantly, the quiet tragedies wrought by radioactivity.
Redniss has done a formidable job of balancing history with drama, and melding illustrations, diagrams and text into a compact volume. Her style is very understated, both in writing and illustration, and she lets the story speak for itself.
P.S. The hardcover even glows in the dark!