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Who is J.K. Rowling? Paperback – August 2, 2012
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About the Author
Stephen Marchesi has illustrated several titles in the Who Was? series and lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
Nancy Harrison lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
The book covers Rowling's childhood, school days and early adult decisions, pointing out events and circumstances that influenced the development of the Harry Potter stories. It moves on to the process of writing the stories and their publication, followed by the effects that Pottermania had on her life and that of her daughter. Also, it depicts how her new-found wealth has changed her life -- her mansion residences, her charitable work and donations -- and tells of her second marriage and additional two children.
The book has a number of informative inserts about related subjects, including Jane Austin, the origin of HP character names, Amnesty International, challenged/banned books, traditional herbs, and internet fan sites. It is liberally illustrated with line drawings that contribute a great deal to the story (although, if I had one quibble, it would be with the book's map of England, which does not include most of the locations mentioned in the book). I recommend this book for children and adults who wish to know more about the woman who is probably the most famous author (and certainly the most well-known among children) alive today.
Chapter 2: A Flying Car (commences on page 21): Key details from Rowling's childhood are discussed, along with some of her favorite books.
Chapter 5: The Slush Pile (begins on page 46): This chapter includes facts on J.K. Rowling's journey towards submitting her writings to a receptive agent.
Chapter 8: Truly Magical (starts on page 85): Important information is shared on how much Rowling's family life changed as her fame started to sky-rocket even further. I thought that it was great to include some information about the houses and security detail.
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (illustration by Stephen Marchesi) is a book best for those who enjoy the Harry Potter films and/or books. It is also a great book for those who like biographies about self-made people.
Does J. K. Rowling deserve to be included amongst this series which also includes Barrack Obama, Neil Armstrong, and Babe Ruth? Absolutely! She is an excellent role model for children to read about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter chose this book as one of her eligible books for the summer reading assignment. She liked it, so I like it!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Although it took awhile to arrive, it fit the bill for a biography projectPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm an adult and enjoyed reading about Rowling because I've read and loved all of the books. Another reason is that my granddaughter read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bright bookie
Grandson really enjoyed reading about the author that wrote Harry PotterPublished 2 months ago by Avid reader
Excellent kid friendly biography on JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. My daughter really enjoyed using this book as part of a school project.Published 3 months ago by drsra
Great addition to the series! Our 9yo is a huge Harry Potter fan and was thrilled to have the chance to read about the woman who created him and his world.Published 5 months ago by Patricia O.
The book was easy enough for an 8 year old to read. It was full of fun facts for both her and me (her grandma). Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Garmise