A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo


  A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62779-245-5

Format:  hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: picture book biography

What did you like about the book? This book is altogether beautiful. The lyrical  text is complemented seamlessly by the gentle ink and watercolor illustrations of Elwyn White as a quiet, introspective child who was fascinated by animals and other small creatures. Readers see Elwyn as a fearful, reluctant schoolboy and later as a writer for his college newspaper and a spinner-of-tales for his nieces and nephews.  Finally they see him as a husband and father writing children’s novels on his farm in Maine. An author’s note adds interesting details, and readers will also be fascinated by a photograph of E.B. White taken in 1948. This book is a wonderful introduction to E. B. White’s work.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.  

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Recommend to readers familiar with Charlotte’s Web, along with E.B. White’s other novels, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. Also recommend Melissa Sweet’s  Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools should have this book. It would also make a lovely gift for a book-loving family.

Where would you shelve it?  Children’s biographies.  

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: December 9, 2017

 

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