Reviews for Under My Nose


Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1996 #5
Illustrated with photographs by Ann Olson. These succinct, easy-to-read autobiographies continue to provide unremittingly cheery yet distinctive accounts of the lives of popular children's books authors. While these most recent additions to Owen's Meet the Author series highlight the writing and bookmaking process, the authors' descriptions of the routines they have developed to spark their own creative fires differ widely, underscoring the highly individualistic nature of the creative process. All three satisfactorily answer that often-repeated question, "Where do you get your ideas?" George Ella Lyon concentrates more on her childhood, while Ehlert and Heller, who are primarily artists, include several sketches and early drafts of their published works. The photo-essays show the authors as children, at home with their families, and busy at their work. Breezy and attractive, these books will appeal to browsers as well as to novice report writers. n.v. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1996 December
Gr 2-4-This series invites readers to enjoy a personal yet informal author visit complete with full-color photographs. The brilliance and enthusiasm of Ehlert's art and the excitement of her writing radiate from her personality. Her eyes are always open to a world of color where words and pictures tell a story. Children also catch a glimpse into her daily life and into her childhood photograph album to meet her family and chuckle at her young nephew's original portrait of her. She advises young students to learn everything about art and writing and "keep your eyes open." From thumbnail sketches to final publication, Ehlert takes readers through each step in the publication process, showing her art of collage, communication with her editor, and final manuscript. The text is brief-two to three sentences per page-and the format is open and inviting. A welcome look at a popular author and illustrator.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY

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