The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

The Important Thing About 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062393449
Branch Call Number: j B BROWN M BARNETT
Characteristics: 42 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm


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IndyPL_ShellieR Apr 17, 2020

The bunnies! The sass! The quirk! I read this to a child who said, “it didn’t have to be that good. But it was.”

Jan 28, 2020

I usually really like Mac Barnett's style and humor, but for this particular biography for kids it didn't work for me. The most interesting part was "not recommended for purchase by expert" stamps, but the ending, "The important thing... was that she wrote books" - meh, that could be for thousands upon thousands of writers who weren't as well known as MWB. I also didn't like the "supposed to be funny" repetition of "now I'm on page x, only y pages to go." This one flopped for me.

teal_librarian Dec 14, 2019

This is of course a book about Margaret Wise Brown and it does a great job of telling her story. But it is much more than that as it subtly (and not so subtly) talks about censorship and how all books don't have to please everyone. Just wonderful.

VaughanPLKasey Dec 10, 2019

A beautifully strange, charming, and poignant look at the life of the woman who wrote "Goodnight Moon". A wonderful read-aloud to share with older children.

Jul 22, 2019

Well done, Mac Barnett! I loved this 42-page juvenile bio of Margaret Wise Brown. "No book is loved by everyone, and any good book is bound to bother somebody. Because every good book is at least a little bit strange, and there are some people who do not like strange things in their worlds."

This is a great bio to share with kids who have loved books like "Good Night, Moon," "The Runaway Bunny" and so many more. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Wise Brown's editor Ursula Nordstrom for championing the classic books we know and love when there were librarians like Anne Carroll Moore stamping them with NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PURCHASE BY EXPERT stamps.


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