Reviews for Kate Dicamillo

Library Media Connection Reviews 2014 May/June
Each title opens with a chapter reflecting a turning point or major influence in that author's career. A casual and energetic writing style offers the reader personal glimpses into the writer's life. By the conclusion, the reader has a better knowledge of the business of publishing. The books are illustrated with reproductions of book jackets and portrait or candid photos. The authors represented have proven widely popular and have an immense following. If your readers clamor for books by these writers, if any of their books are part of the curriculum, purchase the series. Bibliography. Chronology. Glossary. Index. Marion Mueller, Library Media Consultant, Rawhide Starr Academy, New London, Wisconsin [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 November

Gr 4-6--Inspiring budding writers to follow their dreams, this series focuses on the lives of popular children's authors while also giving readers a glimpse at the pitfalls and triumphs of the writing and publishing process. The narratives are smooth, though very text-heavy, and are injected with humor, interesting facts, and quotes from the authors. There are tips (e.g., Paulsen offers "Gary's Tips on Surviving in the Woods") as well as reading lists of the subjects' favorite books. Text boxes, some full page, and captioned color images supplement the texts. "A note to report writers from Sue Corbett" at the end of each book explains the importance of citing sources and not passing off unoriginal work-a crucial point in the Internet age. Though the format leaves something to be desired, this set is an engaging, informative, and interesting resource.

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