In this beautiful Caldecott Medal book, Peter Sis tells the legendary story of Galileo Galilei through small doses of text and a series of beautiful Renaissance-style full page illustrations.
The illustrations and maps do full credit to Starry Messenger’s status as a Newberry Medalist. And the text is well-written. However large portions of that text are printed in an elaborate cursive font that I as a twenty year old found a little complex and which I can only imagine would largely befuddle its intended audience.
True to its Renaissance influence, several of the illustrations have fantastical looking creatures (including some that look devilish).
The fact that the Catholic Church considered Galileo’s geocentric Earth to be contrary to Scripture is mentioned along with the fact the he was formally acquitted of the charges of heresy in the last century.
Conclusion. Good – children will want to learn more about Galileo after reading this account.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret