I read two book yesterday, both written for children, about EB White, author of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

Both books were absolutely wonderful, although I am glad I read Some Writer! first as I could picture the details and remember more of the stories that were described in a line or two in A Boy, A Mouse and A Spider.

Some Writer! The Story of EB White was a wonderful book, both in content and illustration.
Some Writer! The Story of EB White was a wonderful book, both in content and illustration.

Some Writer! The Stoy of EB White

Author and illustrator Melissa Sweet did an amazing job of bringing EB White to life in Some Writer! The Stoy of EB White ($26.50, Raincoast Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). I felt as though I learned so much about White and his life beginning as a child where we experienced his terror of being called up in front of the class to a man who continued to to find joy in life and who respected and understood children, likely because he himself embraced the world with child-like wonder.

E.B. White was a student of William Strunk Jr. at university. I read The Elements of Style, but didn't make the connection to White as the author of Charlotte's Web.
E.B. White was a student of William Strunk Jr. at university. I read The Elements of Style, but didn’t make the connection to White as the author of Charlotte’s Web.

I also learned about his writing and – finally – made the connection to White and the Elements of Style, a book every journalist has likely has read.

The book is also stylistically beautiful. I loved everything about it from how each chapter started, the fonts, illustrations and photographs, quotes and copies of White’s letters and handwritten chapters from his books. We also get to look at what Charlotte looked like through sketches from his two-time illustrator Garth Williams.

A Boy, A Mouse and A Spider. The Story of EB White is a really cute picture book, just in time for Picture Book Month, about the children's author.
A Boy, A Mouse and A Spider. The Story of EB White is a really cute picture book about the children’s author.

A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider, The Story of EB White

A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider, The Story of EB White by Barbara Herkert ($26.99, Raincoast Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) tells the story of White’s life through a picture book. You read about how White disliked going to school, how as a young boy he started winning awards for his writing and how his first audience for Stuart Little was his nieces and nephews.

Considering that A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider, The Story of EB White is a picture book, you got to learn a lot of about the person who “basked in the seasons, the peace of the barn, the beauty of the world.”

I loved the story and the illustrations in this cute book.

A copy of these books were provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.