Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gandi A Manga Biography

Gandhi: A Manga Biography
by Kazuki Ebine

Penguin Paperback
On Sale: September 27, 2011

In clear, concise prose and evocative, engaging drawings, award-winning manga artist Kazuki Ebine’s GANDHI: A Manga Biography (Penguin Paperback / 978-0-1-4312024-7 / On Sale: September 27, 2011 / 192 pages / $15.00) shows us the path of Gandhi’s life, from his childhood in India to his studies in England to the beginning of his activism in South Africa and his return to India to lead the movement for independence.

Kazuki Ebine is a young up-and-coming manga artist in Tokyo. His previous works range from science fictions to everyday life of a rock band. Kazuki has won several highly recognized awards from the major comic book magazines in Japan.

What I Can Tell You:
As a big fan of comics but not a big fan of reading biographies that aren't by rock stars, comedians or celebrities I can tell you, that I loved this book. A a social media specialist for three clients I am always telling them that people are more willing to read something if there is a picture attached to it. This was so true with this book. The graphics were wonderful and the story moved nicely. I honestly, was interested in learning more about Gandhi and spent some time Googling him.

I knew his name and thought that was really all I knew, turns out, I didn't even know that! His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and he led India to independence by inspiring movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was an amazing man and soul. Something I wouldn't have been able to say prior to reading this book.

This is how Social Studies should be taught in school. I may have honestly learned something.

The 14th Dalai Lama
Tetsu Saiwai 
Penguin Paperback
On Sale
The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography

Developed in conjunction with Emotional Content
A new way of getting to know one of the world's most beloved spiritual leaders.

Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invade Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize. This graphic novel is an appealing and approachable depiction of the life and personality of an iconic figure.

Developed in conjunction with Emotional Content.

What I Can Tell You: (Written by Amanda 21 year old niece of Maria) It was good! The pictures were complementary to the story line and enriched the story. I would definitely recommend this to someone in Jr High or in High School and being 21 years old think this was a little to young for me but if there was a version that was more historical I would be interested in reading it. I agree with Maria, I definitely Googled for more information on the Dalai Lama and read everything I could get my hands on. Great resource tool to get kids interested in additional research.

Disclaimer: Penguin Group provided complimentary copies of both books in order to facilitate this review.  I received no monetary compensation.

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