"A wonderful new biography of Nimoy for children, and ...] one of the most unapologetically Jewish profiles for kids in ages. Read more...
"A wonderful new biography of Nimoy for children, and ...] one of the most unapologetically Jewish profiles for kids in ages. It made me cry."--Tablet Magazine
Once there was a boy named Leonard who loved to sing and to act. His parents were immigrants who felt like aliens in America, and certainly didn't understand Leonard's drive to perform. "Learn to play the accordion," his father told him. "Actors starve, but at least musicians can eke out a living." But Leonard reached for the stars . . . and caught them. He moved to Hollywood, where he took acting lessons, and drove a taxi and took every role he could get. He worked hard, learned his lines, showed up on time, and studied his craft. Until one day he was offered the role of an alien science officer on a new TV show called Star Trek. Leonard knew what it felt like to be an alien. But did he want the role? Fascinating is the story of how one boy followed his dreams to become one of the most beloved figures of our time. "In Leonard's profound absence--it is so lucky that his dear friend Richard Michelson has thought to bring us this richly illustrated account of his inspiring life. Together with Edel Rodriguez they beautifully capture some of the highlights of Leonard's journey from immigrants' son in Boston's west end--to one of the most iconic and recognizable characters in the world."--Zachary Quinto
- ISBN-13: 9781101933305
- ISBN-10: 1101933305
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Michelson (Twice as Good) takes advantage of his friendship and professional relationship with the late Nimoy, whose photographs he has displayed in his Massachusetts gallery, to craft a warm and moving picture book biography that reveals the impact of the actor's family and Jewish upbringing on his life and career. With a knack for elegantly weaving biographical and contextual details into the narration, Michelson highlights young Lenny's early flirtations with the stage and photography, his eventual decision to leave Boston for Hollywood to pursue acting, and the roots of Mr. Spock's famous Vulcan greeting gesture in Jewish tradition. Working in a subdued palette of muted blues and browns, Rodriguez (Sonia Sotomayor) captures the 1930s1940s Boston of Nimoy's childhood and creates instantly recognizable images of the adult actor in the role of Star Trek's Spock in flat, posterlike images softened by gauzy, weathered texturing. Closing notes offer additional insights into the actor's life and legacy, and also reveal that Nimoy himself approved and offered suggestions on the manuscript before his death in 2015. Ages 48. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)