A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider--The Story of E. B. White Hardcover – Picture Book, October 24, 2017
A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, written by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.
When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a sickly child, a bold house mouse befriended him. When the time came for kindergarten, an anxious Elwyn longed for the farm, where animal friends awaited him at the end of each day. Propelled by his fascination with the outside world, he began to jot down his reflections in a journal. Writing filled him with joy, and words became his world.
Today, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web are beloved classics of children’s literature, and E. B. White is recognized as one of the finest American writers of all time.
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An Ezra Jack Keats Award Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A CCBC Master List Selection
A Kansas Reading Circle Master List Selection
"Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning brown ink-and-watercolor illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be. . . A stunner―radiant even."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A subtle narrative structured like verse . . . Castillo uses brown ink, soft watercolors, and digital manipulation to create sturdy, nostalgic scenes of city and country to accompany the development of White’s writing and family life. Rich and rewarding."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Herkert’s poetry is a delight to the senses . . . Castillo’s friendly ink-and-watercolor illustrations also contribute to the sense of cheerful pleasantness. A winsome picture book biography."--School Library Journal
"This book has the feel of poetry . . . an important glimpse into how inspiration can pop up anywhere."--Booklist
"The short ragged-right lines beam with love for his writing and the joys of attentiveness to the world. . . Line and watercolor art with some additional textural and digital touches has an unassuming robustness well suited to its subject."--The Bulletin
"A gentle reverie on a beloved writer, ideally suited for children first encountering his children’s books as read-alouds."--The Horn Book
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1627792457
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627792455
- Reading age : 5 - 9 years
- Lexile measure : 770L
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.27 x 0.5 x 10.17 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #93,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought there was no need for another children's book about E.B. White but I was wrong. This is definitely aimed at a lower grade level audience than Melissa Sweet's Some Writer! and is nowhere near as detailed. But this one is poetic and spins a heartfelt and lyrical telling of E.B. White's life for the youngest elementary kids to appreciate before they maybe even meet Stuart or Charlotte. Castillo's illustrations are downright stunning and add to that lyrical feel. Reading this is like lifting curtains on the past and peering through sepia gauze to see the author as a child then man then inspired author. There's a few pages of more details on White in the back.