Meet Sid Fleischman

This is Not Available through
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This cursory biography may answer a few questions for curious Fleischman fans, but it is unlikely to pique the interest of anyone unfamiliar with his writing. Chapter spreads are devoted to the author's early background, accomplishments as a magician, World War II military service, and highlights of his writing career. Unfortunately, the mediocre delivery and the arbitrary nature of information are a disappointing match for this animated literary figure. The format of the book is suitable for report writers and students honing their nonfiction reading skills. Ruffin attributes Fleischman's writing abilities to a college class where he learned "a new way of reading," though she misses an opportunity to explore exactly how he was enlightened. Another noticeable omission is the fact that Fleishman's son, Paul, has followed in his father's footsteps, not only as a writer, but also as a Newbery recipient. For a real understanding of the author, stick with Fleischman's autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid (HarperCollins, 1996).-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615112609
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: About the Author Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 years

Table of Contents

A Writer's Life     5
A Move West     6
Two Passions     9
The Magician     10
Show Business     13
Learning to Write     14
In the Navy     17
Writing for Children     18
The Newbery Medal     21
In His Own Words     22
Glossary     23
Index     24
Web Sites     24
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)