These books are without a doubt the definitive and most entertaining biographies of scientists for young readers. Author and artist Mike Venezia provides hilarious, cartoon-style illustrations to complement his easy-to-read text and full-color reproductions of the scientists’ sketches and notebooks.
The story is largely autobiography, for, through the author’s association with Mr. Edison, it has been possible often to obtain his own narrative of his life. For nearly thirty-one years the author has had the privilege of a connection with Mr. Edison and the Edison companies, and at present he is acting as Mr. Edison’s assistant. Every page of the book has been read by Mr. Edison himself, and it is published with his approval as the authoritative story of his life to the present time.
It is probably as a worker of wonders, an interpreter of the secrets of Nature, an actual wizard of science, that Edison fascinates the imagination of almost every boy. In this picture of the actual facts of the inventor’s life the reader will find that while Edison is just as great as imagined, yet this greatness has not been reached by chance, but honestly earned by the hardest kind of hard work and the most intense and earnest application. The wonderful things that he has accomplished have been the things that he purposely set out to do, and are not the result of some happy thought, or blind luck, or chance.