Books in the Orginary People Changed the World series have included notable historic figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and Helen Keller. Lucille Ball is his first figure that is a Hollywood star. His reasoning?
“When I first announced this one, people kept asking: ‘Why Lucille Ball?’ For me, the answer was clear: I wrote it because I wanted my daughter to finally have a female entertainment hero who wasn’t famous just because she was beautiful. Lucy was different from everyone else. She was funny, driven and the first woman to run a major movie studio (producing Star Trek and Mission: Impossible). Her success came from her drive — and because she so perfectly wasn’t like everyone else. She taught me, throughout my own childhood, that humor can take on anything.”
Lucille Ball is such a true example of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. One of the most powerful parts of the book is when it reads
“I Love Lucy wasn’t just the title of the show. It was my most important life lesson: In this world, the person you need to love most is you.”
This book was a great read with fun illustrations. It really showcases why everyone loves Lucy even generations later.