What is there not to like?
For kiddos, any and all. Also interesting to learn more about Bruce Lee, even as an adult! Great series for a young classroom, or for introducing a child to reading as well as to ideas and pathways available to them in life.
Born in San Francisco but raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was the child star of Hong Kong cinema. But, after getting into trouble as a teenager, his father sent him to live in America. Starring roles were hard to come by for Asian-American actors in Hollywood, but Bruce went on to act in blockbuster hits, featuring his skill as a martial artist. This graphic novel for children includes a timeline of his life and family photos.
The illustrations are each a full two-page spread, with bright bold colors and simple design (perfect for children!). The details in each spread bring his story to life, like the photo of his parents on the wall of his acting trailer. Little things like that are how to add character depth in such a short format!
The story itself was engaging, because Bruce Lee is an incredibly person and fun to learn about! Even I had a few moments where I went “Whoa!!” and immediately turned to tell whomever was near me the cool fact I learned (Bruce Lee started off as a master cha-cha teacher?! WHILE HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL???). This has made me want to learn more about him, or go watch some of his movies! The resources and ideas at the end connect it all back to reality with the family photos and ideas for other reading.
Overall, what a great read and series! I’d love to have this whole set of Little People, Big Dreams in a classroom! I think I know what gifts I’ll be getting for my nieces and nephews this year. 🙂
Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.