Cover of Some Writer, The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

Another Spectacular Book by Melissa Sweet

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 Jennie Fitzkee, 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 at and intriguing to read. Melissa enjoyed the full support of E.B. White’s family for this undertaking, so it is filled with old photos and original hand-written and corrected first drafts of STUART LITTLE, THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, and CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Also included are early writings and journal entries. E.B. or Elwin as he was called when young knew he was a writer from a very early age.

SOME WRITER! is a delight to read and behold. Melissa has combined old photos, maps, original sketches of book covers, three-dimensional objects and her wonderful illustrations in her graphics. Every page is a feast for the eyes. I hope you enjoyed this book review from an illustrators perspective.

9 comments on “Another Spectacular Book by Melissa Sweet

  1. Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    “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:

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  2. Dayne, I am so glad you found this book. As an illustrator, I knew you would be bowled over, not to mention the remarkable text. Thank you so much for posting this great review. I’m glad my comment spurred you on to find the book.

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