Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and the Personal Computer (Inventions and Discovery)

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Tells the story of how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak developed the personal computer, and their company, Apple Computer, Inc. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of comic books, including the Zinc Alloy series and the adventures of Bike Rider, and many chapter books for DC Comics. Donald lives in Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, and their not-so-golden retriever, Paulie.

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In the new graphic-novel Graphic Library: Inventions and Discovery series, Lemke gives readers an accessible time line for the creation of the personal computer and the birth of Apple Computer, Inc., introducing the two young men who got the job done. Wozniak is presented as the technical genius, while Jobs is shown as the marketing dynamo who steered the fledgling company into the mainstream. Background appears in rectangular boxes strung across the panels, while dialogue, in traditional balloons, keys into the personalities of the partners. Although the art is sturdy, its heavy, black details and somber colors aren t particularly appealing; and at a glance it s difficult to tell Wozniak and Jobs apart, especially during the early years of their association, when both had long dark hair and beards. Such snags aside, however, this is still an accessible distillation of an intriguing corporate history that kids might not be inclined to read about in a traditional format. Appended notes, both clear and useful, add more context to the story. --Booklist, Vol. 106, No. 4, Page 73, October 2006

This new graphic nonfiction series offers biographical treatments that highlight a technological breakthrough or innovation. Though produced by various illustrators, titles are visually similar: enticing covers, dynamic fonts, bold colors, and vibrant illustrations. Comic book-style word balloons feature fairly sophisticated vocabulary and occasional quotes or other primary source material. Each selection includes titled chapters, a table of contents, summary fact pages, further reading suggestions, and recommended Internet sites. There is close correlation between the dialogue and depicted actions and illustrations, which will provide visual reinforcement for struggling readers. These deceptively slim volumes convey a tremendous amount of information and vocabulary, and should attract attention from reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended. --Library Media Connection; Vol. 25, No. 7; Pages 83-84, April 2007

The potential market for any computer consists of exactly the number of people who can afford it and are able to use it. Microsoft made PCs cheap. Apple made them fun. Using a comic book format and well drawn illustrations, this book gives a quick history of the computer from 1945 and then tells the fascinating story of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and the birth of Apple. It explains why they began building computers and how they developed the first user-friendly computer, called the Apple II. It details Jobs momentous trip to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he saw a mouse for the first time and how that trip led to the Macintosh. It was the Mac that introduced the mouse, icons, windows, folders, and files in a machine people could afford. Computing has never been the same since. The comic book format limits in some important ways the amount of information a book can convey, but in this case it also makes an important chapter in modern history accessible to readers who might find an all print book daunting. Part of the Graphic Library Inventions and Discoveries series. --Childrens Literature Comprehensive Database, January 2007

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