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Children's Nonfiction Science & Technology

What's the Matter with Albert?

A Story of Albert Einstein

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Jacques Lamontagne

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Science & Technology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 6


Billy Whitestone gets the assignment of a lifetime when his school paper sends him to interview the famous physicist, Albert Einstein. In this fictionalized biography, author Frieda Wishinsky creates a detailed portrait of 19th century Germany and young Albert Einstein, a mischievous student who is slow to learn and often temperamental. Through Billy’s visit with the aging Albert, readers are given an introduction to the life and achievements of the world-famous scientist. Both a picture book and an historical biography, What’s the Matter with Albert? uses kid-friendly language and richly-coloured illustrations to engage young readers. A chronology of the important events in Einstein’s life follows the text, providing easy reference. Jacques Lamontagne’s evocative artwork is based on archival photographs, drawing readers into the world of Albert Einstein.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

JACQUES LAMONTAGNE has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. His work is influenced by Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta and, James Bama. He lives in St. Etienne-de-Lauzon, QC.

Jacques Lamontagne's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Starred Selection
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Recommended Books

Editorial Reviews

Readers see a very human person through this book, and learn to see beyond the typical pictures of Einstein as being just a wild-haired, enigmatic scientist.

Connect Magazine

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