Sweet, Melissa. Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White. HMH Books, 2016. $18.99. 176p. ISBN 9780544319592. Ages 9-12. P7Q10
A two-time Caldecott Honor winner has produced a fascinating biography and visual treat about the author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Family ephemera, White’s photos and letters, excerpts of White’s writings, and Sweet’s whimsical watercolors and collages blend with text to tell the story of the author from his birth in 1899 to 1985, when he died. An afterword by White’s granddaughter, Martha White, is a bonus, telling about the author of children’s books who was also a journalist and contributor to New Yorker. Sweet has provided information about the influences for White’s books as well as his love for animals and nature although young readers may find information about The Elements of Style by White and William Strunk may appeal to them a bit less. Many readers, however, may be interested in White’s shy personality who succeeded because of a strong drive. Sweet’s biography may not be for all young people, but it’s an important addition to libraries and a book that can be used in many ways.
Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.