New Review Tuesday: Books About Authors
This is a circular New Review Tuesday, as today we look at some recent books about authors.
Great resources for report writing, no library should be without a collection of stellar author biographies and autobiographies. Some of my all-time favorites include Roald Dahl's Boy, and Charles D. Cohen's The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss.
But some new author bios have caught my eye, too.
Sid Fleischman's The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West is a romp through the legendary author's life, beginning with his birth in Missouri and detailing his journey towards fame. Fleischman is the perfect author to tackle Twain's life, as the former's sense of humor absolutely rivals the latter's. The Trouble Begins at 8 is a natural choice for middle school shelves.
And I'm embarrassed to say I'd never heard of Wanda Gág until I started graduate school in Minnesota. But I've since received a quick education. Gág, a Minnesota native, is the author of a picture book that's truly stood the test of time: Millions of Cats. She had a somewhat turbulent childhood, and Deborah Kogan Ray captures Gág's triumph over considerable obstacles in Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Loved to Draw. It's a moving story that will introduce Gág to a new generation of readers.
What are your favorite author biographies or autobiographies? Share in the comments!