Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids edited by Elissa Brent Weissman, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This is an ideal browsing book for book lovers and aspiring writers. Twenty-six writers and illustrators share their early work: poems, stories, and pictures they created when they were children. Each entry includes some thoughts from the author or illustrator and a bit about his or her childhood and early sources of inspiration. Young writers and artists will be inspired by these childhood efforts, full of promise but (for the most part) still works-in-progress. Some of the entries are humorous, some are touching, some are from the recent past and some recall the days of the Great Depression. Taken together they should encourage all children who dream of seeing their words in print or their artwork in a book.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to young readers who dream of writing or illustrating their own books, and also to any adult with a love of children’s literature. It might be a nice companion to the soon-to-be-published Journeys: Young Readers Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries will want this book. It would also be an ideal gift for a child who dreams of being a writer or illustrator.
Where would you shelve it ? 810.8
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Oh yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: July 27, 2017