‘Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)’ by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ted Young, is an interesting look at the life and makings of Charlie Chaplin and his most well-known character, The Tramp. It starts off telling about his life, including how his mother and brother fit into it, and includes colorful illustrations that guide readers on the journey that he took to become the most famous version of himself.
It would have been nice to learn a bit more about who he was after his transformation into the Charlie Chaplin people still know today, but the afterword and “Facts About Charlie Chaplin” page helped shed more light on his persona. It is also nice that the author thought to include a “Resources” page at the end of the book to allow readers to learn more about Charlie Chaplin through books and movies that they see fit to review further. There was also a bit too much text for young readers, but the story still flowed pretty nicely.
For those curious to learn more about Chaplin’s history, this biography of sorts does a nice job of sharing the beginnings of his life and career. The lyrical writing also makes for a smooth and engaging read.
You can find ‘Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)’ by Gary Golio here.
*Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*