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Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White

In Middle Grade Book Review, Uncategorized, YA Book Reviews on January 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

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by Melissa Sweet

Biography/©2016/176 pages/Recommended for Middle School and Beyond

Book Description (Courtesy of Goodreads):
“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White’s granddaughter. 

My Thoughts:
Masterfully written and beautifully illustrated (as all books by Melissa Sweet seem to be), this is one biography that will grab you from the first page, and you won’t want to put it down. It is visually stunning, interspersed as it is with photos, quotes and memorabilia from White’s life, as well as Melissa Sweet’s incredible illustrations. It is also full of stunning revelations about Mr. White. I have read his books, but other than that I couldn’t tell you much about E. B. White. Now I can’t stop talking about him. This book may be intended for the middle school audience, but all adults who grew up on his books are going to enjoy reading this as well. It is some book!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Other Great Books illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Fisher Bryant, Melissa Sweet

 

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