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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

av Melissa Sweet

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"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.… (mer)
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I loved this book! E.B. White wrote Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. The author is a very talented Caldecott honor winner. This is a beautifully illustrated book of the life of the author of beloved children's books, inspired by living on a farm in Maine where he found solace and beauty. ( )
  Whisper1 | Mar 13, 2021 |
I was completely amazed by the wonderful artwork in this book! Every page is just gorgeous! Not to mention that E.B. White is one of my favorite authors of children's books. I read each page with joy and have only great things to say about Melissa Sweet! Her art is beautiful, and the biography was well written.

However.... (I didn't want there to be a however, but there is....)

As an adult, I see this book as a wonderful biography of a favorite author. But, the book is meant for children ages 7-10. I don't see this as a book that kids of that age range would want to read. It's too long, and discusses a lot of things they just won't comprehend or enjoy such as a chapter on Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Some of the book is geared to the target age range -- the explanation on how a manual typewriter works with illustrations is awesome! But portions of the book would just not appeal to a 7-year old. I think this book would be better for middle school aged kids who have advanced to reading longer books. As an adult, I adore this book! But at a grade school library, I think this book would see very little time off the shelf. I think it would see much more success targeted to 6th-8th grade students. The artwork is not childish and older students would be a better fit for the length and content.

I want to read more by this author! I was overjoyed when my copy of this book arrived in the mail! And I was not disappointed. It was a joy to read and visually appealing! Such beautiful, creative and appropriate illustrations!

Some Writer? Some book!!

Melissa Sweet is also the author/illustrator for The Right Word: Roget, A Man and His Thesaurus, The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audobon, and Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Parade. For more information on the author, her books and her art check out her website: www.melissasweet.net ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I have no particular affinity for EB White. I haven't read a single thing he's written. But I loved this biography for both its words and illustrations. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
This is called a children's biography by White's grand daughter in the afterword. It is in a scrapbook format and I consider it suitable as an adult coffee table book. I would venture to say that any biography would be improved by being in scrapbook form. When someone did write a proper biography on him White sent a thank you note saying he appreciated the difficulty of trying to write something interesting about someone who spends their life typing. Then he adds "That was my fate, too." So what was he telling his biographer? I see several possible meanings here. Perhaps that was the secret to White's popularity: introduce just enough wobble into the story to keep the reader pondering the true significance.

The author tells us White wrote in a small boathouse and that he owned only one book but that is belied by the photo on page 139. The room's furnishings remind me of my parents condominium in Kennebunk, Maine: the built-in bookcase atop the cabinets that also serve as wainscoting, the double sash window, the wall to wall carpet and the desk too small for all the detritus on it.

Besides his three children's books about a mouse, a spider and a swan, White published quite a few other books that are listed in a time line of his life here. Those books are all piecemeal collections however, anthologies of previously printed poems, essays and New Yorker arcana.

Driving back from my mother's New Brunswick home I got off the interstate and took Route 1. When we got to a place called Blue Hill my sister said, "I think this is where E. B. White lived." I knew him as the coauthor of a writing guide, a reworking of Mallory's "Morte d'Arthur" and "Charlotte's Web." But I instantly knew that the latter's artist had channeled this place's setting.

Its interesting that almost all the reviews of this book are by women. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
With her trademark watercolor and collage illustrations, Sweet takes readers on a leisurely stroll through the highlights of White's life, from his childhood in suburban New York, to marrying fellow writer Katharine Angell and having a son, to purchasing a farm in Maine, to writing his best-known works, to his death as an octogenarian. I learned some new facts about White (he was good friends with Thurber, and once shared an office with him), and enjoyed this plainly told account of what seems to have been a mostly happy, simple life. It's not particularly gripping, but it's a pleasant read, and not particularly lengthy. If you're looking for a short biography, beautifully illustrated, this should be a good fit. If you're wanting something with more meat to it, I have also enjoyed The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims. ( )
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"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.

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