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 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 WHITE, 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.

Balloons Over Broadway

A picture book review.

I just love the picture book, BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY. It’s a story about Tony Sarg, the first innovative puppeteer of Macy’s famous parade on Thanksgiving Day. It was written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, who is one of my favorite illustrators. This is not a new book it was published in 2011, but you might say it’s new to me. I heard a lot about it when it first came out, but had never really took the time to study it carefully. With the self quarantine, I have more time to really study, well written and designed children’s books. This one is now a must buy for my home collection.

“But what if the controls were Below and the puppets could rise up?”

–Balloons Over Broadway

BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY is a work of art, both for the writing, the research and the delightful illustrations and models. I didn’t know the story about the first Macy’s parade and didn’t know Tony Sparg’s part in making it SPECTACULAR. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but every page is a delight for the eyes. If I was my five year-old past self, I would be collecting materials right now to make my own puppets and marionettes. I hope you enjoyed this review.


Dayne Sislen Illustrator

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