I am not a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson mostly because I am unfamiliar with his work (and I have heard rumors about a less-than-friendly personality). However, putting aside any bias I might have, I tackled Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars as if it was any other book. After all, Jenifer Berne’s book did not interest me because of the subject, but because of Lorraine Nam’s illustrations.
Paper artist Lorraine Nam’s cover is fascinating. The bold color of the yellow grabs the eye and pulls you into the blue below. And inside things just continue in the same “out there” color scheme. The realism mixed with an almost fantastical element, creates some unique and thoughtful images. The fact that Tyson’s story is being told as well is just a nice bonus. Bere does not go into a lot of details about his life (just the right amount), nor do they have a detailed timeline (highlights are featured), but you see Tyson grow from a curious baby to the first-time space inspired him to what he is today. There is an introduction by Tyson and more information in the back of the book to help you explore on your own.
Look Up with Me is a good introduction of the man, his accomplishment and is a way to spark a bit of interest in space. The art is a story within itself, one that makes you look at the details form the consolations, to the clothing (the 1970s called and they want their outfit back, Mr. Tyson. PLEASE!) to the fact there is something that follows Tyson from his childhood bedroom to this adult life. It is the full package.