Book Review for “Odd Boy Out”


Brown, D. (2004). Odd boy out: Young Albert Einstein. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

     When anyone hears the name “Albert Einstein” they usually picture one of the world’s greatest thinkers. They think of his contributions to science, his surpassing genius, and his accomplishment in winning the Nobel Peace Prize. However, many people would be surprised to learn about the obstacles Albert Einstein overcame as a young child. He was disinterested with some of his studies, nearly failed high school, and was often subject to bouts of depression and anger. Young Albert had a difficult time fitting in and making friends. Don Brown’s Odd Boy Out shows the reader a biographical account of the young life of this famed scientist. Rather than focusing solely on his accomplishments, Brown sheds light on the difficulties Einstein had to face in order to become the great man he is known as. Throughout this biographical picture book one main message rings loud and clear: even the world’s greatest thinkers encounter obstacles. The measure of a man is not found in the absence of problems but in overcoming one’s internal and external difficulties. Albert Einstein was not the only young boy to struggle to find his place in life; everybody struggles in life, but it is also possible for everyone to excel in their passions and do great things. Don Brown’s Young Albert Einstein is a testimony to what can be achieved despite the hardships life sometimes presents.

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One response to “Book Review for “Odd Boy Out”

  1. Beth F

    This is such a great example of an inspiring biography that adds much to what is typically taught about an important figure. With Einstein we often focus on the finished product, but it is inspiring to learn about all the early life experiences he had that led him there.

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