I came across Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, written and illustrated by Lauren Redniss, after it had been nominated as a finalist for the National Book Award in Non-Fiction a few years ago. My first was thought was, ‘what is a picture book doing here?’ Then I read it and was blown away. Somehow Redniss manages to fuse serious science with the most etherial images that float off the page and into your imagination like the radioactive particles that made Marie and Pierre glow in the dark.
Redniss interviews scientists, engineers, weapons specialists, and atomic bomb survivors from Asia, The United States and Europe, and Marie and Pierre Curie’s own granddaughter, as she tries to make sense of the debated role of nuclear energy in our world.
You won’t have to wait too long for another of Redniss’s visual and scientific gems. Her new book Thunder & Lightening: Weather, Past, Present, Future is out this October and we’ll be sure to keep you informed of any developments.