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The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown
Publication Information:
Harper Collins Books 2019/05
General Note:
A picture book biography of children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown.

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An exceptional picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other beloved children's classics, that's as groundbreaking as the icon herself was--from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and acclaimed illustrator Sarah Jacoby.

What is important about Margaret Wise Brown?

In forty-two inspired pages, this biography artfully plays with form and language to vivdly bring to life one of greatest children's book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown.

Illustrated with sumptuous art by rising star Sarah Jacoby, this is essential reading for book lovers of every age.

Author Notes

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children. His picture book Extra Yarn won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels. He co-wrote Battle Bunny with Jon Scieszka which was a New York Times bestseller. Barnettt's book, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, made the New York Times bestseller list in October 2014. It also won an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award 2015 in the picture book category.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Margaret Wise Brown lived a dashing, colorful life and wrote more than 100 children's books before her untimely death at 42. In an era when fairy tales ruled, the here-and-now realism of titles such as Goodnight Moon was harshly judged. Barnett's confiding tone draws readers in ("Have you read this book? Do you know what I mean?"), then makes the case for Brown's work ("Every good book is at least a little bit strange"). Personifying the resistance to her books is powerful children's librarian Anne Carroll Moore, who refuses to purchase many of them for the New York Public Library ("truck," she calls them) and declines to invite her to a prestigious library bash-whereupon Brown, along with her editor Ursula Nordstrom, stages a whimsical rebellion on the institution's steps. Jacoby's richly colored illustrations shift between episodes from Brown's life and scenes of a librarian rabbit reading Brown's and Barnett's books (and this one) to young bunnies. Barnett yokes his story to Brown's work, playing with The Important Book's form to consider what might be momentous about the life of this extravagant, much-loved creator. As with the original, reactions will vary, but most readers can agree that "the important thing about Margaret Wise Brown is that she wrote books." Ages 4-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.