From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today.
Everyone’s story begins somewhere…
For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license.
For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw.
For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft.
For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories.
Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?
5 out of 5 stars
I really liked this book. Some of the stories were really funny. The stories were entertaining and kept my attention so I was able to finish reading in just a couple hours. My favorite story was Marla Frazee’s where she was talking about John always dropping stuff. In Dan Santat’s story, I liked when he was talking about how even though he couldn’t draw very well, he never gave up. That teaches you to keep trying no matter what. I thought it was awesome that Jarrett J. Krosoczka finished his story when he was in the third grade at age 8.
I like the pictures that were included of each author when they were little and the drawings and things that they did. It was really cool to see all of those.
5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed looking at all of the pictures that the authors drew when they were little. That was pretty neat and some of the pictures were really unique. The different stories were pretty funny. My favorite one was by Yuyi Morales.
Everyone’s story was so different and interesting so I never got bored while reading this book. It was entertaining.
*Chris and Logan were provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review belong to Chris and Logan.