Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids

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Before They Were Authors is a book about authors like Madeleine L’Engle as kids. One interesting detail I learned from the book was that L’Engle was the only child of two parents. I also didn’t know that Maya Angelou was who I call “a girl of many talents”! The famous author and illustrator Dr. Seuss always drew when he was a kid, which didn’t surprise me. The illustrations are pretty and beautiful (even the illustrator’s reimagined Dr. Seuss drawings). Some of the other authors mentioned in the book are Mark Twain, Beatrix Potter, and one that I didn’t know yet: Gene Luen Yang. This is more of a collection than a novel. The author, Elizabeth Haidle, described what makes a writer, too. I think that’s cool! Haidle says, “All famous authors were once ordinary kids who felt that the writing of tales was something they couldn’t live without.” I bet Haidle was an ordinary kid, too! I was a writer at an early age. I guess I’m still “an ordinary kid who feels like the writing of tales is something I can’t live without.” This book is designed for aspiring writers and ordinary kids alike.

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Author Elizabeth Haidle
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 64 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2019-05-14
ISBN 9781328801531
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Issue September 2019
Category Tweens


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