The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
A dazzling picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and other children’s classics, that is as fearless and groundbreaking as the icon herself was—from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and rising star illustrator Sarah JacobyWhat is important about Margaret Wise Brown?In 42 inspired pages, this biography by award-winning writer Mac Barnett vividly depicts one of the greatest children’s book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and The Little Fur Family. Illustrated with sumptuous art by rising star Sarah Jacoby, this is essential reading for book lovers of every age.

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown Details

TitleThe Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062393449
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown Review

  • Mary Hamer
    January 1, 1970
    I had the privilege of seeing and hearing Mac read this out loud and I will tell you - not a dry eye in the room. This picture book is brilliantly written and already holds a special place in my heart. Preorder this - it's amazing.!
  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually post picture books that I've read, but this one struck me as remarkable, so here we are. This is not a typical picture book biography - it's not really about Margaret Wise Brown, it's about thinking about why we care about things and why people think the way they do and act the way they act. It's about Margaret Wise Brown being a person and you reading a book about her and the world after she was in it.
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  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a remarkable, subversive, unique picture book biography. Mac Barnett has truly outdone himself. It is a fascinating, funny and stunningly beautiful book. I like how the marvelous illustrator, Sarah Jacoby used this title for the book the librarian or teacher rabbit is reading to the little rabbits. Shown is the beautiful floral flyleaf where there is a Margaret Wise Brown quote. I wonder how many ppl will notice. Margaret Wise Brown would love this biography-Anne Carroll Moore (NY Publ Wow! What a remarkable, subversive, unique picture book biography. Mac Barnett has truly outdone himself. It is a fascinating, funny and stunningly beautiful book. I like how the marvelous illustrator, Sarah Jacoby used this title for the book the librarian or teacher rabbit is reading to the little rabbits. Shown is the beautiful floral flyleaf where there is a Margaret Wise Brown quote. I wonder how many ppl will notice. Margaret Wise Brown would love this biography-Anne Carroll Moore (NY Public Library Children's Librarian), would not. It is a shame that one woman held so much power. I wonder how many wonderful books she marked with her rubber stamp Not Recommended for Purchase by Expert. The Important Thing is an important book. I hope it gets the recognition it deserves during awards time 2020.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Mac Barnett tells the story of the very important thing about children's writer Margaret Wise Brown. OUTSTANDING illustrations AND story. LOVED THIS.
  • Jennifer Hendzlik
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure I have ever been taken on such a roller coaster of emotions in only 42 pages. This biography of Margaret Wise Brown has everything-it will gross you out, it will make you angry at our ancestor librarians and it will make you tear up with the wisdom and bravery of the quirky author who fervently believed children deserve important books. "Some people,when they see something strange,become bothered.These people build worlds that make perfect sense,even if that means ignoring many str I am not sure I have ever been taken on such a roller coaster of emotions in only 42 pages. This biography of Margaret Wise Brown has everything-it will gross you out, it will make you angry at our ancestor librarians and it will make you tear up with the wisdom and bravery of the quirky author who fervently believed children deserve important books. "Some people,when they see something strange,become bothered.These people build worlds that make perfect sense,even if that means ignoring many strange things around them. Now here is something I believe. No good book is loved by everyone,and any good book is bound to bother somebody.Because every good book is at least a little bit strange,and there are some people who do not like strange things in their world."
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  • Corinna Luyken
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very special book. It is at times subversive, thoughtful, honest and very very funny. And so beautiful too.
  • Gabriella Crivilare
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I read a book with a strong narrative voice like this, it's so hard for me not to write my review in a similar manner. So. Here we are.This is a book about Margaret Wise Brown, who you probably know as the author of Goodnight Moon--but you may not know much else about her. Written in a narrative format that pauses to ask the reader questions and probe their feelings, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations that are often metafictional as well (other picture books that children might Whenever I read a book with a strong narrative voice like this, it's so hard for me not to write my review in a similar manner. So. Here we are.This is a book about Margaret Wise Brown, who you probably know as the author of Goodnight Moon--but you may not know much else about her. Written in a narrative format that pauses to ask the reader questions and probe their feelings, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations that are often metafictional as well (other picture books that children might know and love can be spied in the scenes where the rabbit is reading this very book). More importantly, though, this book tells you about the life of an absolutely amazing woman who left a deep impact on children's literature. It even features one of my favorite anecdotes about her (adults, pick up In the Great Green Room for more), and it never shies away from the delightful strangeness or reality of her life. My favorite quote: "[S]ometimes you find a book that feels as strange as life does. These books feel true. These books are important. Margaret Wise Brown wrote books like this, and she wrote them for children, because she believed children deserve important books." Honestly this rings so true to me because many of my favorite books from my childhood that have stuck with me even until now are books like these.So, Margaret Wise Brown understood an important thing: children deserve books that are odd, true, and more. I think this book honors that.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a layered book! I loved it. Totally fascinating. A sort-of biography of Margaret Wise Brown, but not geared towards report-writing-- this is less about the minute details of her life, and more about the quirkiness and beauty of her work, and the legacy she left. I love that this book features three very influential women- children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom and the rather infamous NYPL children's librarian, Anne Carroll Moore, in addition to Margaret Wise Brown- and shows that t This is such a layered book! I loved it. Totally fascinating. A sort-of biography of Margaret Wise Brown, but not geared towards report-writing-- this is less about the minute details of her life, and more about the quirkiness and beauty of her work, and the legacy she left. I love that this book features three very influential women- children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom and the rather infamous NYPL children's librarian, Anne Carroll Moore, in addition to Margaret Wise Brown- and shows that they were all unusual in their own ways, and they were all powerful, though they may have had opposing viewpoints. The 20th century style illustrations are beautiful and are a perfect complement to the book's content.
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  • Brierley
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing! Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy through Edelweiss Plus.
  • Effie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best biography for kids I have ever read. I love the way Mac Barnett has a conversation with kids about Margaret Wise Brown. It makes me love them both.
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Mac Barnett can do no wrong.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This is not your typical biography; MAC Barnett weaves in many unique facts and quirks about author Margaret Wise Brown that genuinely surprised me but caused me to learn more about this revered woman. I love the beautifully, detailed illustrations by Sarah Jacoby.
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  • Holly Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    Mac Barnett is such a great story teller! This isn’t so much the story of Margaret Wis Brown as it is a story of resilience. It’s a great read aloud and gives you warm, fuzzy feelings. I loved reading this!
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT MARGARET WISE BROWN is a biography about the famous author who brought us so many great books. This picture book is longer than the average one at 42 pages. It's also more than your average biography.After reading it, I realized Margaret Wise Brown was strange and had a hard time getting her books into places like the library. Her strangeness is what makes her unique and Mac Barnett does an amazing job at creating a biography that's also inspiring. I learned things I ha THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT MARGARET WISE BROWN is a biography about the famous author who brought us so many great books. This picture book is longer than the average one at 42 pages. It's also more than your average biography.After reading it, I realized Margaret Wise Brown was strange and had a hard time getting her books into places like the library. Her strangeness is what makes her unique and Mac Barnett does an amazing job at creating a biography that's also inspiring. I learned things I had no clue about and it gave me insight to what possibly inspired her books.It not only focuses on what an amazing woman Margaret Wise Brown. It also teaches the importance of accepting the strange things in life and that not everyone likes the same things. Just because you think something is odd, doesn't mean that it's wrong. It's inspiring and an incredible tribute to an amazing author who fought against the norm.Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of Margaret Wise Brown books, those who need some inspiration, and those who aren't afraid of what makes people different.This review can also be found on YABC: http://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsnon...
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    At times a book interests you because of specific things you find fascinating. Other titles will be chosen because of references made by readers you admire. Regardless of the reason, on a sunny spring morning you are likely to find yourself sitting down with a book you're eager to read. You look at the dust jacket. You remove the jacket to look at the book case. You find yourself smiling at the title, verso and dedication pages. The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown (Balzar + Bray, an im At times a book interests you because of specific things you find fascinating. Other titles will be chosen because of references made by readers you admire. Regardless of the reason, on a sunny spring morning you are likely to find yourself sitting down with a book you're eager to read. You look at the dust jacket. You remove the jacket to look at the book case. You find yourself smiling at the title, verso and dedication pages. The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown (Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, May 21, 2019) written by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Sarah Jacoby is a book which fills every one of those previous qualifying remarks. It is guaranteed to shift your thoughts on Margaret Wise Brown, and the art of making books as it increases your respect for creators Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...................................."There are people who will say a story like thisdoesn't belong in a children's book.But it happened. ...And isn't it important that children's bookscontain the things children think ofand the things children do,even if those things are strange?"What a remarkable book for everyone to read. I have nothing more to add to the other 5-star reviews here.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    An important thing about author Mac Barnett is that he understands kids, how they think, and what they would want to know about someone as significant in Children’s Literature as Margaret Wise Brown. An important thing about illustrator Sarah Jacoby is that she created simple beauty in her work within the pages of this book. Together, they helped made an important book for kids about Margaret Wise Brown.
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  • Victoria Schmidt
    January 1, 1970
    "There are people who will say a story like this doesn't belong in a children's book. But it happened...and isn't it important that children's books contain the things children think of and the things children do, even if those things seem strange?"What a remarkable book! I don't generally review picture books on Goodreads but this story is a special one!
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    Picture book lovers will love this biography of one of its classic creative geniuses- Margaret Wise Brown- by one of today's kidlit rock stars- Mac Barnett. With the latter's unique voice and Sarah Jacoby's gentle illustrations, readers get to know about Margaret Wise Brown's life that wasn't always by the book or even with its own happy ending.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I'd give this book 25 stars if I could! As a big fan of MWB and also The Important Book, I just loved this book so much. Definitely buying it for my own personal collection. Thanks Mac Barnett for writing this! Loved the format.
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown and when Mac Barnett presented this I could not wait to see it. The pace is beautiful, rare factoids interspersed with questions for the reader are all together charming.
  • Rhica
    January 1, 1970
    I am loving all the books I am seeing about women forging paths in their respective careers, and supporting each other. This is a must-read for everyone. Great book! Too long for story time (typically).
  • MaryLibrarianOH
    January 1, 1970
    The watercolor and photoshop illustrations are pieces of art. The text is informative and told in conversational style. I find that while a picture book, the reader for this book is most likely adults.
  • Mairead
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely need to add to our home library. The art! The words! The FEELINGS. Love, love, love, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED. So inspired in so many ways. Funny, thoughtful, inclusive: EVERYTHING.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, impact.
  • Emily Myhren
    January 1, 1970
    This is the most creative picture book biography I’ve read. It’s so honest, blunt, and I laughed out loud throughout.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    January 1, 1970
    Stunningly beautiful, quirky and heartfelt look at Brown's life and how she influenced children's books. I had tears in my eyes at the end. Barnett's writing is perfect.
  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    I will never forget Mac reading this aloud to us as the entire audience had tears running down their faces. Brilliant and beautiful.
  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and lyrical and damn I loved it.
  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know what to say, except that books like this are why I am in the kidlit game 4 lyfe.
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