The world knows Albert Einstein as one of the greatest thinkers and scientists of all time. What’s the Matter with Albert? introduces young readers to the life and character of this famous figure, telling his story from childhood through to the end of his life. Seen through the eyes of a young boy sent to interview him for the school paper, Einstein vividly comes to life in these pages. The immediacy and gentle humor of Frieda Wishinsky’s writing humanizes the subject. Not only do readers learn of the amazing accomplishments of a Nobel-prize-winning scientist, but they also find out that Albert Einstein was slow to learn to talk, sometimes temperamental, and a poor student.

From his childhood and through to his great scientific achievements and work for peace in his adult life, a full portrait emerges. This magical meeting will resonate with young readers, introducing them to Einstein the person, as well as Einstein the great scientist and teacher. Jacques Lamontagne’s richly evocative artwork, based on archival photographs, transports the reader back in time to the periods and places where Einstein lived and grew up. The introduction, Who Was Albert Einstein? helps give a clear understanding of the incredible impact of Albert Einstein’s ideas, which revolutionized the way we see the world. A straightforward chronology at the end of the book rounds out Einstein’s story, highlighting the important events in his life and giving a comprehensive summary of his achievements.


Uncovers a wealth of information in a compelling manner.

Easy for elementary children to understand . .. the book emphasizes Einstein as a schoolboy rather than an adult. .. Recommended.

- Madeline L. Buchanan

Appealing, imaginatively conceived . .. the book works on a number of levels.

- Maureen Garvie