Another Spectacular Book by Melissa Sweet

“Some Writer!” by Melissa Sweet is ‘spectacular’, as children’s book illustrator Dayne Sislen points out in her excellent book review. I discovered the book in 2017, and immediately purchased my own copy. As an E.B. White fan and a faithful reader-aloud of “Charlotte’s Web” every year, I found the book to be fascinating. The illustrations are quite different and intriguing, with original handwritten manuscripts and photographs. And, the story is absolutely delightful. It’s a must read. Please enjoy Dayne’s book review:

Dayne Sislen Children's Book Illustration

A book review though an illustrator’s eyes by Dayne Sislen

The cover for SOME WRITER! a Biography of E.B. White written by Melissa Sweet.

My last post was a book review of the fun book, BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, also by Melissa Sweet. On that post, I received a great comment from JennieFitzkee, a teacher and the writer of the wonderful blog, “A Teacher’s Reflection.” She asked if I had also read SOME WRITER! The story of E.B. White, by Melissa Sweet, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company in 2016. I immediately put myself on the request and pick-up list at my local library. I finally was able to get my hands and eyes on the book this week.

A spread for the book SOME WRITER! by Mellissa Sweet.

I absolutely love reading and looking at this book. Every page is a joy to behold. SOME WRITER! The Story of E.B. White is an incredible middle-grade biography of E.B. White, written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. The book is beautiful to look…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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34 Responses to Another Spectacular Book by Melissa Sweet

  1. beth says:

    This looks lovely

  2. beetleypete says:

    E. B. White is mentioned often on your blog, Jennie. I know how much you love those illustrations.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. This is like getting to read someone’s journal that’s ‘on steroids’ I love this sort of approach to ‘story’ whether fiction or non-fiction. I’ll have to see if our library carries this.

  4. One of my favorites, too!

  5. Looks and sounds like a WONDERFUL book!

  6. willedare says:

    I may need to buy it and send it to my sister, who wrote a paper in high school about EB White and also has a middle-grade son… I love EB White’s books (and also Garth Williams’ illustrations of some of them…)

    • Jennie says:

      Oh my goodness, she will LOVE this book! I promise it will be far more than just a book on E.B.White. I dearly love his books, too, and also Garth Williams’ illustrations. My current chapter reading book at school is “Little House in the Big Woods”, so I get to keep enjoying his illustrations.

      E.B. White’s grandniece lives close by in an old farmhouse that has been in the family for a long time. She is the keeper of his treasures (most of which he donated to Cornell, his alma mater). Our library told her about me, and we met and toured his collection. Yes, I was in heaven, all alone at his typewriter. Her first word to me when we met – salutations, of course. 🙂

  7. The illustrations look wonderful!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    How delicious that book looks. One of my favorite parts of teaching English to art students was getting to work with them as they did children’s books illustrations. Can’t remember if I shared this with you before, but until he moved West, Noah(not Norah!) Jones wrote and illustrated his books near Boston. He was a delight to teach and very clever even 25 years ago.

  9. Darlene says:

    Looks like a great book! I love the illustrations.

  10. petespringerauthor says:

    Oh, this looks great! I am also a big fan of E.B. White. I have not heard of this book about him before. I see it hasn’t been out that long—2016. Now, I’m going on a treasure hunt.

    • Jennie says:

      A treasure hunt is a good choice of words. This book is both a great story of his life, and and an amazing collection of artifacts as illustrations. My favorites are a photo of E.B. White on the rope swing in the barn (remember that swing in “Charlotte’s Web?”) and handwritten drafts of his books. Happy hunting, Pete!

  11. That looks like a beautiful book, Jennie, great for read-alouds.

  12. This sounds like a great biography, Jennie

  13. Thank you for introducing into another great book, Jennie! Looks like famous, with the collected imagery. Have a nice rest of the weekend! I hope the weather is good on your site. Best wishes, Michael

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