Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei - Peter Sís

This book is done very much in the same style as Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus - a book I very much enjoyed (despite not being in love with the subject). I expected to love this one just as much, if not more, because I am far more excited about Galileo than Columbus. But, I don't know, this didn't really come together for me. The art is amazing - beautiful, magical, detailed, enthralling, wonderful! No complaints there. It is true, there are moments throughout the book that are a little grim - life at this time was rough, the Inquisition was no picnic. etc. Again, I don't really have a problem with that - although parents should be warned there are some fairly gruesome passages and illustrations. My main problem was that I didn't feel that this book flowed nearly as nicely as the Columbus book. The organization is inconsistent and confusing. The little added cursive notes are sometimes interesting, illuminating and relevant to the text. Other times they are completely out of place and difficult to understand. Ah well, it's not perfect, but it's attractive and interesting in spots - definitely worth combining with a few other books on the topic.