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


“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.  

Title:Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages

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

  • Colby Sharp
    Apr 11, 2016

    A 176 page picture book biography? Yes, please!Some Writer! is one of the best biographies, for kids, that I have ever read. This books has to be in the conversation for all the major awards: Sibert, ...

  • Hannah
    Dec 29, 2015

    "Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick and gen...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    May 01, 2016

    I love Melissa Sweet's writing, but it's the illustrations she makes to accompany her text that wows me. Sweet's technique is unique; she uses a collage of real objects. Her art almost has a 3-D effec...

  • Kate Willis
    Feb 15, 2017

    When I’m dead and famous, please write my biography exactly like this one. It felt like reading a scrapbook with all the photographs, newspaper clippings, and letters scattered throughout. The scrap...

  • Julie
    Feb 04, 2017

    This book is magical. I could feel it the moment I held it in my hands. It's so alive, it seems as though it has a pulse of its own.I can not recommend it enough. Do not be fooled, thinking it is a "c...

  • Abigayle Claire
    Jan 28, 2017

    Oh my goodness, this book is so beautiful and such a fun insight on Elwyn Brooks White. I didn't know much about his personal life--just the beauty of the world he conveyed through his writing. But le...

  • Edie
    Apr 16, 2016

    I read this book in one sitting, so captivated by the charm of the subject and the author/illustrator and the affection that Sweet clearly feels for her subject. The biography is full of quotes from W...

  • Laura Harrison
    Dec 31, 2015

    Where do I begin with Some Writer!? Every facet of Melissa Sweet's new biography is a masterpiece. The writing, the astonishingly unique and creative artwork-I could go on and on. The incredible dust ...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 21, 2016

    E ARC from Netgalley.comI have to say that this was an oddly readable book despite its length (176 pages) and subject matter (E.B. White just mainly wanted to be left alone and write). Will my student...

  • Beth
    Jan 14, 2017

    This is delightful*: beautifully presented, with a lot of White's writing included. White's writing is so transcendent that it elevates the entire book - the biographical information is nice and all, ...

About Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

There is more than one author with this nameMelissa Sweet grew up in a suburban neighborhood that had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy's candy store right nearby. Later she received her Associate’s Degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sweet began began illustrating children's books in 1986 and h