I was struck by Tayal's style for this book, which is a simple, clean style, which he says he wanted to go for in the book. But more than that, the style reminds me of the kind of doodles and sketches done by engineers and technically-oriented drafters and artists. This just added an authenticity to the story telling, especially as you read about the early days of Apple and Pixar, and the introduction of the MacIntosh computer.
Quinn's story starts like most graphic novel biographies- "so-and-so went here. Then he met this person. They worked on this." But once the story picks up with Steve finding a passion for creating great computers for people, the story takes off. I let my son, 13, read the story also, and several times he laughed out loud, or would shout "No way! I didn't know that." When he was about done with the book he said, "I don't feel like I'm reading a biography. It feels like I'm reading about a character." That is learning through enjoyment. It's what Campfire says they strive to do, and in this case it is clearly "mission accomplished!"
|Steve and Woz using the Blue Box to prank call the Vatican!|
Campfire's biography on Nelson Mandela was an award winning book. I don't see how Campfire does not repeat that feat with this book. It is entertaining, informative, thought-provoking and a delight to look at.
I think Steve Jobs would approve.
Steve Jobs/ Genius by Design by Jason Quinn and Amit Tayal is available beginning September 4. Go to campfire.co.in for more information.