Melissa Sweet

Some Writer!

The Story of E.B. White

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in BiographyNew Books in Children's LiteratureNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network January 6, 2017 Susan Raab

Readers of all ages know E. B. White’s work. Charlotte’s Web is the first book many children are read aloud. Elements of Style remains...

Readers of all ages know E. B. White’s work. Charlotte’s Web is the first book many children are read aloud. Elements of Style remains an essential reference book. Almost everyone has a favorite writing by White: his legendary essays; his humorous New Yorker captions and columns; his short stories about New York City; Stuart Little; The Trumpet of the Swan. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) is the first illustrated biography of this great American literary icon. Using her signature collage technique and in prose worthy of White himself, award-winning children’s book creator Melissa Sweet brings to life the writer, reporter, poet, animal lover, and doting father. His personal letters, photographs, and family memorabilia, all beautifully woven together with Sweet’s detailed artwork, help capture the essence of the man himself, not just his accomplishments. Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and non-fiction titles. She received Sibert Medals for Balloons over Broadway and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; Caldecott Honor Medals for both A River of Words and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus; and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations.

Learn more at: http://www.melissasweet.net.


Susan Raab is president of Raab Associates, an internationally recognized agency that specializes in marketing literature, products and initiatives that help improve the lives of young people. Clients have included National Geographic, Scholastic, the International Board on Books for Young People, and bestselling authors and illustrators. Susan is marketing advisor for the Society of Children’sBook Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She’s also a journalist reporting on publishing, education and human rights. Her work as a broadcast correspondent has been hosted by the University of Connecticut, and by the University of Florida’s Recess Radio, a program syndicated to 500 public radio stations. Her many interviews, including with Art Spiegelman, Jon Scieszka, Norton Juster, Laurie Halse Anderson and many others talking about art and literature can be heard here. Follow Susan at: https://twitter.com/sraab18

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