An exceptional picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other beloved children's classics, that's as groundbreaking as the icon herself was--from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and acclaimed illustrator Sarah Jacoby. What is important about Margaret Wise Brown? In forty-two inspired pages, this biography artfully plays with form and language to vivdly bring to life one of greatest children's book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated with sumptuous art by rising star Sarah Jacoby, this is essential reading for book lovers of every age.
I'm really not sure how to feel about this book. Going into it and expecting a straightforward biography was definitely a mistake as this weird, sort of rambling story was off-putting as a result. If you go into it knowing that it will be unusual, that would probably help. A second reading for those of us in the first category might help as well.
It's certainly not going to be a book that would be helpful for a child writing a biographical report for school. But as something just to read, it's an interesting musing about what really matters in life (is it your date of birth or your fondness for skinny-dipping in the sea outside your door?) as well as a meta look at literature. The book often calls notice to its own page length as well as pointing out things like authors being real people who go grocery shopping just like everyone else.
In the end, I would recommend this book but with the caveat that it's not your typical biography. It's an interesting bit of meta-literature about what makes a good book as well as what components of daily living make a life. It's wandering, meandering look at Margaret Wise Brown that will appeal to child readers.