I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
A Gentle Wizard was written by Nils Andersson and illustrated by Oliver Dean. It was published by Speed of Think Publishing in 2017.
Andersson writes about the life of Albert Einstein. He uses Jack, a part-timer at a photographer’s studio, to take a new spin on the life of one of the greatest scientists of all time. We, through Jack, the befriend Einstein, deal with his death, and teach our kids about the scientist.
Jack is the main character of this story. He meets Einstein while running an errand. His first impression is that Einstein’s crazy. But first impressions are often wrong.
Albert Einstein plays a big part in this story. He doesn’t like all the attention he gets and answering all the fan mail. He can seem a bit gruff, but that’s only until you get to know him.
Helen is Einstein’s assistant. She helps the professor in his old age. When the professor dies, she sets to work getting all of his affairs in order. She also enjoys watching over Jack’s twins, Danny and Liz.
Kate is Jack’s wife. She gets him out of tight spots and keeps the kids occupied so that Jack can work. Most of all, she is Jack’s best friend and the one he turns to for help.
This book takes place mostly in Einstein’s house. It is a junky place full of filing cabinets and loose papers. Nonetheless Jack loves to spend time there with the old professor.
The climax of this story is when Einstein dies. Jack has to work through his grief and also make sure that the professor is not forgotten.
I enjoyed this book. I think it was probably meant for younger kids then I am but it is sometimes refreshing to read something light. I think that if your kids are a littleyounger than fourteen then they would like this book.