Some Writer! The Story of E.B.White

by Melissa Sweet

Hardcover, 2016

Status

Available

Local notes

921 WHI

Collection

Publication

HMH Books for Young Readers (2016), 161 pages

Description

"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.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

161 p.; 7 inches

ISBN

0544319591 / 9780544319592

Barcode

6310

User reviews

LibraryThing member AliceaP
Up til this point, I could most likely count the number of biographies written for children that I've read. Actually I could probably count how many biographies in total I've ever read because I have to admit biographies in general not my favorite genre. However, there are always exceptions and every now and again there are people who I find intriguing enough to seek out more information about them. Last year I read My Ears Are Bent which included different excerpts from The New Yorker along with background on the magazine itself. I discovered from this book just how much of the writing was done by E.B. White. (You might recognize him from such things as Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web.) This piqued my interest in White but I had so many other things on my TRL that I somewhat forgot about him until I saw Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet pop up as a recommended read. I think E.B. White would have heartily approved of this biography even though he was an intensely private, low-key individual. This book delivered not only on giving me the biography that I was looking for but also offering up beautiful mixed media layouts which make it more accessible to children. His approach to writing and his proliferation of works is fascinating and astonishing. Sweet manages to educate the reader about his works but she also manages to paint a portrait of a writer that was passionate about his craft, his family, and his farm. She does this almost from the start. This book is great if you want to learn more about E.B. White yourself or if you want to introduce your kids to biographies. It's easily accessible and the layout is beautiful. Quick, fun read that I'd recommend for reluctant biography readers (like myself). 10/10… (more)
LibraryThing member canderson15
This is a biography talking about the life and works of E. B White. The story takes you through the events that take place during his life and how they coincide and influenced the books that he wrote. This book demonstrated a good plot line involving the different elements of his life in addition to details of his works with a good exposition. It was engaging to read informational material in a story format.… (more)
LibraryThing member electrascaife
From the same illustrator who magicked The Right Word, the Caldecott-winning biography of Peter Roget, this is a gorgeous tribute to the life and writings of E. B. White. Just wonderful.
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
As much for adults as for kids. Really enjoyed this book, the insights into Andy's life (never knew he went by Andy!), and the creative way all the info is displayed. Meticulously researched.
LibraryThing member khaddox
I received this book as an uncorrected proof from the publisher.

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.

I’m not much of one for reading non-fiction, but when I saw that A) there was going to be a new biography of E.B. White, and B) the illustrations were going to be innovative and brilliant, I knew I had to read it. This book did not disappoint. The narrative is informative and easy to follow, and the illustrations are eye candy. I was caught from the first page, and felt emotionally attached to the subject before reaching the midpoint of the book. As a huge fan of Charlotte’s Web, reading about the development and growth of that particular story was like getting to read the book itself for the first time all over again. I would whole-heartedly recommend this biography to any fan (young or old) of E.B. White and his books.
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LibraryThing member caliesunshine
This was a really wonderful book that entails the entire life history of E.B. White. He started a journal at 11 and continued on for 20 years. some of my favorite parts of this were "En began sending his stories to St. Nicholas, a monthly magazine for young readers." and "discovered En had hay fever and was allergic to pollen. The doctor prescribed dousing his head in cold water every morning."
The book went on to talk about how he graduated from small articles to full books. There are pictures of the letters from his journal, and the artwork is just amazing. I think this is a really fun book for those who would love to learn about a fantastic author.

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LibraryThing member foggidawn
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member mortloff
This would be a great book for an older student who had read charlotte's web when they were younger. excerpts could also be read to younger students when their teacher reads aloud Charlotte's Web.

Lexile

1030L

Pages

161

Rating

(55 ratings; 4.6)
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