Life of a Genius


As a reading book, this is a stunning picture book, suitable also for the older reader seeking an introduction to Su Dongpo. It would be mistaken, however, to think of it as ‘too difficult’ for younger children. With its powerful pictorial representation and simple prose contrasting with the rich language of Su Dupong’s poetry, albeit in translation, it can be dipped into by teachers and parents to read aloud extracts and offer pause for thought. It is not difficult to see why Su Dongpo is one of Demi’s heroes.