Author : a true story / Helen Lester.

Children's author Helen Lester describes her life from age three to adulthood and discusses how she writes.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Lester, Helen.
Format: Book
Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Lester's (Tacky the Penguin) lighthearted look at how she came to write children's books will give aspiring authors of any age a lift‘and encouragement to persevere, even in the face of learning disabilities (as a child) and multiple rejection slips (as a novice writer). Candid and a little self-effacing, Lester tells of her struggles with the creative process, noting that both as an elementary school student and as a published author, "Often I can't come up with a single idea, and my stories get stuck in the middle, and I can't think of a title." She accompanies her breezy narrative with her own cheerful, somewhat rudimentary cartoons pictures, save on one spread where she drolly juxtaposes her childlike drawing of a pig next to a highly polished rendering by her frequent collaborator, Lynn Munsinger. Some of the best moments here are transitional: a picture shows the young Lester dreaming of joining the circus when she grows up; the next page continues, "Since no one from the circus came looking for me, I became a teacher." Her ending playfully concludes, "I'm glad I didn't join the circus.... I never dreamed I'd become an author. So this is better than a dream come true." Her admirers will agree. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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