Reviews for Fine Lines


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 1997 January
Gr 2-4?Two brief autobiographies by children's book authors. Heller relates the basic facts of her life, but does not communicate her love for her craft. The writing is thin and does little to reveal the author's personality or influences on her work. Lyon, on the other hand, speaks eloquently about her love of words. One of her most important memories is of her extended family telling stories around the dinner table. Some of these stories later became books, such as A Regular Rolling Noah (S & S, 1991). Lyon recounts the years of hard work it took to become a published author. She tells children that just as their teachers require revision, so her editor requires many revisions. Both books have excellent-quality full-color photographs and reproductions. However, the illustrations for A Wordful Child are not quite as effective as those in Fine Lines, which feature reproductions of Heller's striking artwork. Much of the information here can be found in Something About the Author (Gale, 1986), but these titles are on an easier reading level and are far more visually appealing.?Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA

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