Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, by Melissa Sweet | Book Spotlight
The Children’s Book Review | November 6, 2016
Have you heard of Charlotte’s Web or Stuart Little? Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White, is the stunning first-ever fully-illustrated biography of legendary author E.B. White.
Written and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Publisher’s Synopsis: “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.
Ages 7-10 | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | October 4, 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-0544319592
About the Author-Illustrator
Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, on Madison Park Greetings and Smilebox cards, and on a line of eeBoo toys. She received a Caldecott Honor Medal for a River of Words by Jen Bryant
and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations.
In BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, Sweet uses her trademark mixed-media illustrations and a clear but charming text (“Tony Sarg, rhymes with aargh”) to explain the various versions of puppets and balloons Sarg made for the parade, each better than the last, until finally creating the helium-filled balloons we see today. With a gorgeous palette, sidebars of diagrams, archival photographs, and newspaper clippings, Sweet explores the legacy of a creative, fun-loving man who imbued his work with his own playful sensibility and joie de vivre.
Melissa lives with her husband and dogs in Rockport, Maine. For more information, visit www.melissasweet.net.
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