Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday, so I thought it would be a perfect day to review this book.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean Marzollo, is a brief recollection of MLK’s life and how he became such a famous man. It also explains a bit about segregation and how Martin fought to stop it.
I know a lot about MLK. I’ve been to both his birthplace in Atlanta and the hotel where he was killed in Memphis, so I didn’t learn anything new from this book. But for people who don’t know a lot about him, they might like learning about this cool man.
This book had really interesting illustrations by J. Brian Pinkney. They were different from what I am accustomed to. He uses a style called scratchboard.
I recommend this book to readers ages three to five. This book is TOTALLY for little kids because most older people already know a lot about the civil rights leader. If you want a good book to get for your kids for next week’s official Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, this book could be the one.
I give it for 4 out of 4 roses because it is an awesome book for young readers!