Title: Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
Author: Melissa Sweet
Recommended for: kids in grades 3 and up, especially fans of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. And… kids who love books, writing and creating art. Not to mention teens and adults who love E.B. White and his books.
Pages: 161 pages
Call Number/Link: J B WHITE, E.
“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.
After reading this book, I wanted to read (or reread) every book that E.B. White has ever written – Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swans, his collected essays, even (possibly) his revised version of Elements of Style. I can’t pinpoint the last time that I loved a book so much.
I was interested in E.B. White’s life, but even more fascinated by his creative process – his inspirations, attempts to find the perfect first line for a book, conversations with his editor. The combination of Melissa Sweet’s words and artwork created one of those synergies where one plus one equals much more than two.
1030 lexile, Reading Counts 9.2