Graphic Novel Review: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart by James Buckley Jr.
Amelia Earhart: Pioneer of the Sky! 
by James Buckley Jr.Kelly Tindall(Illustrations), John Roshell (Illustrations)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This graphic novel gives an overview of the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, focusing on her courage and daring as a pilot, but also honoring her generous spirit and kindness to the poor.

I liked the cartoony artwork, but it sort of looked hastily drawn. It could have been a little more polished. But I liked the bright colors and energetic panels!

This is a good synopsis of Amelia Earhart’s life, from her childhood when she constructed her own roller coaster in her backyard, then through her education and early adulthood, through her growing fame as a pilot and many accomplishments, and following her final record-breaking flight until her disappearance. It does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit and enthusiasm of Amelia, and inspiring the reader to do amazing things!
I was interested to see that this book briefly includes mentions of her father being an alcoholic. It is only briefly mentioned, and still appropriate for children.

I thought it ended much too abruptly. I was expecting a statement about her legacy at the end to sort of wrap things up, but the book just says that she disappeared, search parties were sent out for weeks, and there are many theories as to what may have happened. The End. They could have ended on a high note with at least some mention of how she paved the way for women’s rights, inspired pilots all over the world, and how people still love her story. But it just ended. I was disappointed in that. It left me feeling flat.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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