Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World

In 2009, best-selling author Andy Andrews released The Butterfly Effect, a motivational book that posited that the decisions you make and the way you  treat others have more impact than you may ever realize.

With The Boy Who Changed the World, Andrews has created a kid-friendly version of last year’s hit book. Beautifully illustrated by Philip Hurst, this charming volume has lots of heart and warmth. And most importantly, it envisions children that their lives truly matter.

Inspiring real-life stories include:

  • Coloniel Vincent Chamberlain, whose heroism helped the North win the Battle of Gettysburg, and may have contributed to keeping our nation survive.
  • Norman Borlaug, who grew from a skinny farm boy into the Nobel Laureate who developed a strain of seed that fed billions
  • George Washing Carver, snatched from racist outlaws to grow into the famous inventor who developed 266 uses for the humble peanut.

Although I felt that Andrews approach was a little too fanciful in this adult version of this book, The Boy Who Changed the World has a tone that will resonate with kids and their parents.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


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