First Names: Albert by Haydn Kaye, illustrated by Mike Smith

Publication Date: 6 May 2021

The Blurb

The most famous scientific genius in history, and the man who reshaped how humans think about the universe!

But who exactly was the mastermind? Find out why Albert was nicknamed the Dopey One; why the Nobel team didn’t want him to win their Physics prize… and why his brain was pickled.

Meet the man who changed the way the whole world thought about science, and get to know Albert on First Name terms.

The Review

The next in the brilliant and hugely popular First Names series, which has already introduced us to Harry (Houdini), Malala (Yousafzai), and Beyonce to name a few, sees us meet the famous physicist, whose theories have changed the way we think about time and space, and discover why he was voted person of Century in 1999.

From his childhood when he was nicknamed Dopey-One to finding an education system that allowed him the freedom to explore ideas, and beyond to his experiences during World War II, we get to experience the highs and lows of his public and personal lives, the challenges he faced and the unique quirks that made him the genius he was.

Mike Smith’s illustrations add depth and humour to Hadyn Kaye’s pacey narrative, as well as helping to explain Einstein’s theories. With a timeline, glossary and index, First Names: Albert is a perfect pleasure read for curious children who prefer non-fiction.

Huge thanks to David Fickling Books for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for First Names: Albert. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops.


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