- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st ed edition (September 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688171885
- ISBN-13: 978-0688171889
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon Paperback – September 22, 1999
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"An absorbing biography." -- The New York Times Book Review
"More than a finely etched, honest portrait of an artist, Margaret Wise Brown is an exciting, fast-paced glimpse into the very beginnings of the golden age of children's book publishing in America. Leonard Marcus has restored Brown to her rightful place as both pioneer and poet." -- Maurice Sendak
About the Author
Leonard S. Marcus is a historian, biographer, and critic whose many books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; and Storied City. In addition, he has been Parenting magazine's children's book reviewer since 1987. This is his first picture book. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Amy Schwartz, and their son, Jacob.
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This book is a bit on the academic side, perhaps a little dry in the telling, but quite thorough. There is a lot about the history of the Bank Street school and the Writer's Laboratory, pioneered by Brown's mentor, Lucy Mitchell. In that lab, Brown wrote her first children's book, and went on to have a prolific career. A running theme throughout was her lifelong desire to write "serious" books for adult readers. At times she is a keen advocate for excellence in young children's literature, while at other times she seems to diminish her talent, calling her works "baby books" (and hearing the same from others). How sad that she never knew the long, far reach of such iconic classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
She was certainly an unconventional woman for her time, and I loved reading about her many travels (often alone), her pet flying squirrel, her crazy dog, her various homes, her antics, and her general joie de vivre. Her growing connection with Maine, from her first visit in 1938 to when she purchased and named The Only House, was particularly interesting to learn about. She partnered artistically with many of that era's great illustrators, but didn't find a satisfying romantic partnership until she was in her 40s, just before her death. Another very sad thing.
The last moment of her life is pure MWB, and heartbreaking.
Story about Margaret, her life, her relatives and what interests they had while she grew up.
Different places she visited and lived and books they read and games they played.
Moves onto her adult life also and her book writing. Like stories she's written and the way she uses furry animals.
Loved hearing of her island house and all the struggles with her books, makes you appreciate them a lot more.
This is a highly detailed book, and so it is more "by a writer, for writers" than a general or curious audience.
It could have moved along a little faster but it is essentially an interesting read. Just don't expect a page-turner.