Remarkable Biography of Margaret Wise Brown

Today I have a picture book which shares the remarkable biography of Margaret Wise Brown. She is the gal who wrote such classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She was also a little kooky, which makes for the best biographies.

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remarkable biography of Margaret Wise Brown

Title: The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

Author: Mac Barnett

Target: Preschool – Grade 3

What this book is about:

Margaret Wise Brown lived for 42 years and therefore this book is 42 pages long. Mac Barnett focuses on what he deems the important things in her life or more to the point, the annectdotes that give kids a feel of who she was. From her rabbit pelt coat to the cart of flowers she purchased with the proceeds from her first book, readers will immidiately notice that Margaret may have lived her life in a less than conventional way. We learn of Anne Carroll Moore who thought Margaret’s books were the wrong kind for children. We also learn of Margaret’s untimely death in France at the age of 42 because real lives can end suddenly. Readers will also learn the most important thing about this woman, but you don’t want me to spoil it for you, do you?

Why I love this book:

  • I love that Mac Barnett writes this book as more of a conversation with the reader. This isn’t a fact-filled lecture on the life of Margaret Wise Brown. This is a dialogue about some of the interesting stories that help us understand the type of person Margaret turned out to be. The stories are a bit strange because as Mac would say, “lives are strange.”
  • This book has a sense of quirky humor, and those are my favorite type of books. This is a serious book written in a distinctively playful way, which was not lost on this reader.
  • The illustrations by Sarah Jacoby are gorgeous! She constantly has Margaret moving forward to propel us to the next page. She also uses the theme of bunnies in some very clever ways. This book is just so visually delightful a reader can’t help but be enchanted.

Who this book is for:

Great for most kids. I don’t know many children who have not heard Goodnight Moon, so they will all have a point of reference for this story. But even if they haven’t it is a wonderful chance to learn about the people behind the stories we love.

Final thoughts:

Ok, I would totally buy Sarah Jacoby’s artwork if I knew how to get my hands on it!

To purchase this book:

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