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

Posted on November 3, 2016



Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White
By Melissa Sweet
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
October 2016
176 pages

Elwyn Brooks White is best known as the author of the children’s classics Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). White — aka Andy — displayed his writing talent at an early age, winning his first writing contest when he was 9 years-old. Andy grew up in Mt. Vernon, New York, but it was his childhood summers spent in Maine that cultivated Andy’s love of animals and the natural world, and it was Henry David Thoreau’s Walden that inspired his passion for the environment. As a young man he landed a job as a full-time writer for the The New Yorker magazine, which opened doors for him in the New York literary world. Whenever he could steal time away from his successful magazine career, he worked on his children’s book about a courageous talking mouse based on his love of animals and farm life in Maine. The acclaim for Stuart Little launched his successful career as a children’s book writer. A true wordsmith at heart Andy continued as a contributor to The New Yorker for decades. Sweet’s scrapbook style combines her own homespun watercolor illustrations and a collage of the author’s rough drafts, poems, letters, family photographs, along with delightful anecdotes in this heartwarming celebration of White’s life and works. E.B White would say Some Writer! is some biography.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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