Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. Whiteby Melissa Sweet
A New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Best Children’s BookA Washington Post Best Book A Publishers Weekly Best Book Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon. Readers young and old/b>
A New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Best Children’s BookA Washington Post Best Book A Publishers Weekly Best Book Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon. Readers young and old 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, a New York Times bestseller, includes an afterword by Martha White, his granddaughter.
In an illustrated biography that invites slow perusing, two-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Sweet (The Right Word) unspools the life of author E.B. White (1899–1985) in meticulously crafted, scrapbook-style pages. Her carefully assembled, whimsical collages feature watercolor illustrations, homemade paper, wood scraps, and maps merged with cartoons, family photographs, handwritten rough drafts, and other archival material. Over 13 chapters, Sweet recounts White’s near-idyllic childhood in New York state, his postcollege wanderlust, a writing career with the New Yorker and Harper’s magazine, and the acclaimed children’s books he created amid marriage and fatherhood. Aimed at elementary-school-age readers, this fond tribute will be best appreciated by those with some context for White’s classics, e.g., the title’s reference to Charlotte’s Web, though familiarity with his work isn’t required: Sweet gorgeously melds story and art to create a detailed portrait of White as an observant, humble, brilliant wordsmith with an affinity for nature. An author’s note, an afterword by White’s granddaughter, source notes, a selected bibliography, and a chronological list of his books conclude an excellent guide to the life of a celebrated writer. Ages 7–10. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Oct.)
Gr 3–7—In this spirited and splendidly illustrated biography, Sweet brings the beloved author to life for a new generation of readers, capturing his love of words, bighearted sensibilities, and reverence for the natural world. In addition to containing the artist's colorful assemblages, the book is full of photos, letters, realia, and excerpts from E.B. White's most famous works, making it a treasure trove for Charlotte's Web fans and aspiring writers everywhere.
A celebration of the life and work of New Yorker writer and children’s-book author E.B. White. Sweet offers an affectionate tribute to White in a sumptuous volume, focusing especially on his three children’s classics: Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). The whole volume works like a signature Sweet illustration, an inventive and quirky juxtaposition of parts, combining lucid text, gorgeous and intricate watercolor-and-collage illustrations, photographs, excerpts of White’s writings, and ephemera that evoke farm and barn life. Chapters on the children’s books offer fascinating glimpses into the origins of the tales. Not so easy is making William Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style interesting to young readers, but Sweet succeeds brilliantly by employing children’s-book authors Joyce Sidman, Paul Fleischman, and Kate DiCamillo to relate how the guide influenced their own work. This chapter, along with the reproductions of drafts for the opening of Charlotte’s Web and excerpts of White’s own letters and essays woven throughout the text, makes Sweet’s own volume a gem of a guide to writing. Children reading any of White’s books would do well to read Sweet alongside. Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story. A masterful biography that will enchant young readers. (author’s note, afterword, timeline, source notes, bibliography, about the art) (Biography. 7-12)
Meet the Author
Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine, not far from E.B. White's famous barn and farm. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.
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As soon as you open the cover and begin turning the pages, you know this book is special. It’s like unpacking a box of treasures from E. B. White’s attic. Interspersed with text are photos, maps, quotes, letters, journal pages, manuscript revisions, sketches, and even a diagram of a typewriter. Sweet’s illustrations blend seamlessly with the realia from White’s life. The meticulous details invite your eyes to linger over each page. Fans of White will be fascinated by the history behind his books – where his stories came from, how they developed, the revision process, and public response. Those who have not read his childhood classics will be inspired to do so…
Everyone knows the story of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little! The names are synonymous with childhood. But do you know the author of those wonderful tales? Do you know where he came from and if he did anything else? Well, this book can shed a lot of light on those answers. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White is a combination of graphic novel and biography on a man; weaving a tapestry of personal letters, photos and artwork that will make you proud to have this book on your shelf! Picture Written by Melissa Sweet, a journalist who's won the Sibert Medal and Caldecott Honors, Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White had me flowing easily through the pages. Filled with bold artwork, comments from White, himself and photos, you feel as though you're looking through a family photo album/comic book. It's a very personal and comfortable, but you find yourself laughing and pointing things out as though you're reading a children's book. Rating: 5out of 5 specs *The 52nd is next. **From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. http://bit.ly/ATributetoEBWhite