This exciting debut in graphic novel format tells the childhood stories of literary legends including Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, and Sandra Cisnernos. Perfect for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.
What makes a writer? What inspires them? Where do their stories come from? Striking illustrations and a popular graphic novel format bring to life this anthology of literary legends and their childhoods. Featuring beloved authors such as Maya Angelou, C.S. Lewis, Gene Luen Yang and J.K. Rowling, these stories capture the childhood triumphs, failures, and inspirations that predated their careers.
Children ages ten and up will see themselves in these humanized portraits and wonder if they, too, might have it in them to write. A celebration of creativity, this collective graphic biography is sprinkled throughout with writing wisdom and inspiring quotes.
Using a graphic-novel format and her trademark watercolor stylings, illustrator Haidle makes her authorial debut with this collection of abridged biographies of 10 authors, including Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, and J.K. Rowling. Chapters open with a quote from and portrait of the featured author; and a timeline of their well-known works is sandwiched between birth and, where applicable, death dates. Brief narratives describe the writers' often-circuitous journeys toward fame, avoiding controversy but highlighting childhoods marked by hardship or alienation. Angelou experienced trauma during her upbringing ("at the age of seven, a terrible crisis occurred"), C.S. Lewis was born with "a birth defect affecting his thumbs"; and Sandra Cisneros and Gene Luen Yang both drew from their dual cultures as they began to write. Soft blue, gray, orange, and brown shades color the animated panels, which are frequently divided diagonally. The positioning of complementary hues creates a pleasing design aesthetic, and myriad details invite prolonged perusing. Source notes and a bibliography wrap up this visually appealing glimpse into the backstories of a few story writers. Ages 10 up.