Electric Ben by Robert Byrd

Electric Ben

A picture-book biography of a fascinating Founding FatherA true Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity. In pictures and text, master artist Robert Byrd documents Franklin's numerous and diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals.

Details Electric Ben

TitleElectric Ben
Release DateSep 13th, 2012
PublisherDial Books
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History, Science

Reviews Electric Ben

  • Maureen Houston
    In this informative book all about the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin, author Robert Byrd uses text and vibrant art to show the many ways Ben Franklin contributed to American history. He was a printer, writer, publisher, inventor, and founding Father of the new American nation. Most famous for his interest in electricity, Ben was also a man with many other interests. This book was an honor recipient of the Robert F. Sibert Informat...
  • Monica Edinger
    Since Bob is illustrating my book (love being able to write that:) I don't claim to be objective. That said, I think this is a lovely, interesting, and beautifully done book about Ben Franklin. It is well-researched, concisely and clearly written, and of course exquisitely-illustrated; I like the way Bob folds Franklin's life and work into the greater American history story going on around him. And I have to say, there can never be too many Frank...
  • Melissa
    This book has a lot of information about the life and time of Benjamin Franklin. It is defiantly a read for an older child but can be scaffold down for a younger reader. One thing that stood out to me was the pictures were incredible detailed and colorful. Just looking though this book a person would be drawn to the illustration and the story that the pictures told before the writing.
  • Brett
    This all-around awesome biography of one of America's most notable citizens may be a picture book by strict definition, but it's extremely dense so don't be fooled into thinking it's for a particularly young audience.
  • Lauren Anglin
    1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)This book is packed full of information of Ben Franklin's life leading up to his greatest invention of all time, electricity. This book really reflects a quote he once said, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." This book tells his life and even gives a timeline of important events of all the wonderful things ...
  • Barbara
    Although some readers may be turned off by the small font size and the book's use of several columns of type to emulate the broadsides and newspapers of the early colonial period, I found them appealing. Not only do they put the subject of this lively biography in the proper context, given that he was a newspaper man, but they allow readers to have a taste of what Poor Richard's Almanack looked like. By the time the book's final page has been rea...
  • Chelsea
    BiographyByrd, Robert. Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012. Print. 40 p.A biography of Benjamin Franklin for older children, this oversized volume is stylized in a way to catch the attention of reluctant readers. The bulk of the text is displayed on pages made to appear like it might in the past, on off-white, textured looking pages. The many intricate illustrations throughou...
  • Becky Martin
    This informational picture book is used to describe the life of Benjamin Franklin. His early life, discoveries, and political contributions are all highlighted in this children friendly text. The illustrations are exciting, and they engage the reader into the information. I felt that the text was very heavy which may turn readers off. However, I love little unknown facts, and this book tried to emphasize those facts to the readers. One good thing...
  • Liz
    WOW! Okay...it took me reading this all the way through before I could definitely say "5 stars," partly because there is just SO MUCH to this story...truly "the amazing life and times" of a great American "celebrity," Benjamin Franklin. I learned so much, but I was often overwhelmed. One thing I do understand better from reading this is the whole time period of the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Const...
  • Edward Sullivan
    It always amazes me when a subject that seems to have been done to death like Benjamin Franklin can be made fresh and exciting as it is in this quite stunning introduction to America's most interesting founding father. Byrd packs what seems like a lot of textual information into this picture biography but the narrative is consistently engaging and the information never overwhelming. His illustrations are elegant and amazingly detailed. A superb a...
  • Betsy
    VERY complete for a picture book biography. Don't pick this up thinking it will be a quick read. Byrd has filled the book with small print info on Franklin as well as many detailed drawings. So very interesting.
  • Madison Miller
    Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Written and illustrated by Robert Byrd is an biography picture book about Benjamin Franklin. This book explains Franklin's life and accomplishments through texts inspired from Benjamin Franklin's own written autobiography. The author provides uniquely drawn illustrations that are representations of Benjamin Franklin and the colonial times in which he grew up in as well as including rep...
  • AgnesO
    Electric Ben: The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin, a recipient of the Sibert Honor and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book, is a picture book biography of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd. The book offers a vivid and comprehensive portrayal of the inventor’s life and his amazing accomplishments. The author manages to document rich details from Franklin’s life ranging from his fascination with electricity to his d...
  • Jess
    Electric Ben written and illustrated by Robert Bryd is the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. This biography tells about the unique life of the Ben Franklin. It first starts out with Ben's life as a child and covers his life as a printer, inventor, and role in Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This book is organized into different sections, which relate to his endeavors at the time. Byrd does an amazing job showing just how influen...
  • Madison
    This book is an informative biography children’s book about Benjamin Franklin. In 2013 this book was titled as one of the honor books for the orbus pictus award. The book is all about Benjamin Franklin’s personal life from his childhood till adulthood. The book explained every contribution, event, and accomplishment that he has had in his entire life. My favorite thing about this book were the illustrations. The author was inspired by the col...
  • Carley
    I am very tempted to consider this to be a chapter book. It is very long, but has some great information about Benjamin Franklin. This children's book takes us from the early years of Ben Franklin, all the way to his role in the government and up to his death. One interesting thing I learned in this book is that Ben was the first person to use political cartoons in America! This was a snake cut into pieces - as each piece represented each colony ...
  • Katie
    Robert Byrd shares an enjoyable and richly detailed biography of Benjamin Franklin in Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. The illustrations were done in ink-line, watercolor, and colored inks on water color paper. Each page is a delightful feast for the eyes: featuring text and illustrations that are captioned like photographs. The overall effect is mesmerizing. Byrd, R. (2012). Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times ...
  • Jacob Miller
    This is a complete biography of Benjamin Franklin. It starts at his birth and carries on to his death. Within it I found a great deal that I had never known about Ben until reading this, despite the overwhelming amount of times he got mentioned in grade school. It's not an easy or quick read so if you're looking for something for younger students this is not it. However, the illustrations are incredibly well done and fit with the time and what is...
  • Abbie Gerig
    Genre: BiographyGrades: 3-5This book was hard to get through because it had many pages of information about Benjamin Franklin's life, but the illustrations made up for it. Just by the cover, you can tell how electric the illustrations are, and they take up a lot of space on the pages of the books too. The pictures along with the text makes this a good book to read if you want to learn about Benjamin Franklin.
  • Alice
    Electric BenI very fun book about Benjamin Franklin. Like the author said, there has been tons written about Ben but what to add to his book. I really enjoyed it. Nice Pictured, and of course I did learn something more.
  • Karen
    I just finished it for the same week and I really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the storylines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected.
  • Mary
    This will be a fantastic book for my grandson Benjamin (age 7).
  • Christine
    Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklinby Robert ByrdAudience: Primary; K-3; Ages 5-8Genre: Non-Fiction; BiographyAwards: 2013 Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Book Award WinnerKirkus Reviews Best Children's Book Horn Fanfare Book2013 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Robert Byrd, in his biography titled Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Frankl...
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  • Jen Kahl
    Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd, who received an Honor Award in 2013 from NCTE Orbis Pictus. The design of the cover of book is very catchy. At first glance, it almost appears like a hippie-looking Ben Franklin wearing a tye-dyed shirt but when you look at the picture closer it shows Benjamin Franklin illuminated in yellow and surrounded by electricity in bright yellow, and him turning a wheel with a k...
  • Dorothy
    Dorothy Schultz TED 2360eering 7/16/13 "There is something about Franklin that makes us feel we somehow know him, so unlike the other Founding Fathers peering sternly at us from their solemn portraits. We even affectionately call him, Ben (pg. 2). "Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin," by author Robert Byrd, is the (2013) Robert Sibert Informational Book award winner. Byrd writes and creatively illustrates an energetic a...