What is important about Margaret Wise Brown? At a time when children's writing meant fairy tales, the realism of Goodnight Moon was scorned by critics. Even groundbreaking children's librarian Anne Carroll Moore refused to purchase them for the New York Public Library. And yet, Brown still understood that children were thinking beings with inner lives of their own worth exploring — which she often did in the over 100 children's books she wrote before she died at the young age of 42.
This is an exceptional picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other beloved children's classics, that's as groundbreaking as the icon herself was — from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and acclaimed illustrator Sarah Jacoby. In forty-two inspired pages, this biography artfully plays with form and language to vividly bring to life one of greatest children's book creators who ever lived.
"Jacoby’s richly colored illustrations shift between episodes from Brown’s life and scenes of a librarian rabbit reading Brown’s and Barnett’s books (and this one) to young bunnies. Barnett yokes his story to Brown’s work, playing with The Important Book’s form to consider what might be momentous about the life of this extravagant, much-loved creator. As with the original, reactions will vary, but most readers can agree that 'the important thing about Margaret Wise Brown is that she wrote books.'" — Publishers Weekly
|6 - 9
|May 21, 2019
|Balzer + Bray