The good thing about biographies for children is you do not tend to see the negative aspects of a person’s personality. The bad thing about biographies for children is you do not tend to see the negative aspects of a person’s personality. Therefore, I feel I am not always getting the full picture of a person. With that said, it is good that you do not see that Gandhi might not have been as perfect as I Am Gandhi (from the Ordinary People Change the World series) portrays him.
And with that said, this is an amazing introduction to who and what Gandhi was and stood for. The fact that “child Gandhi” is a shorter version of “adult Gandhi” (a grade schooler with his signature mustache) is amusing. But having Gandhi break the fourth wall and tell you, the reader, his story is a good way to engage the child reading. The fact it has contemporary language and humor also will pull in the child reader. The illustrations (with their soft edges) tell part of the story and the side characters do as well, with the humor portion of the book. This makes it a good book for first to third graders. The under first grader could have it read to them. It is on the longer side, so it might not be great for the more active child to just sit and have read to them.
The series includes others such as Tubman, George Washington, Jane Goodall, Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor and Jim Henson.