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Only Margaret
A Story about Margaret Wise Brown
Written by Candice Ransom
Illustrated by Nan Lawson

Ages 5-9
HARDCOVER; Published: 10/12/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5508-4
Price: $ 17.99
56 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8 x 10.36
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Series: Incredible Lives for Young Readers

When Halley’s comet arrived in 1910, so did an extraordinary person: Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret had a boundless imagination and a gift for spinning stories. Most grown-ups thought children’s books were frivolous and silly, but Margaret didn’t agree. Could writing stories for children be important work—a incredible way to share truth, beauty, and wonder?  

Other people might call Margaret strange, and sometimes her own worries and doubts felt overwhelming. But only Margaret and her original ideas could lead to Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny­, and other classics beloved by children around the world. 

From smuggling rabbits onto trains, to scribbling stories about island whispers, Margaret embraced adventure in life and on the page. This whimsically illustrated biography shares how an independent, fun-loving woman became a trailblazing pioneer of the picture-book form.

Kirkus Reviews
“A supplement to Brown’s own charming books.”
“A competent introduction to a figure who will be familiar to many young readers.”
Publishers Weekly
“Margaret Wise Brown’s singular mind and flair for the extravagant are expressed in this picture book biography. . . . Unlined digital spreads by Lawson have the feel of old cartoon stills; if the prose and art feel discordant with the creator’s own work, this profile may nevertheless pique young readers’ interest in it.”
School Library Journal
“This engaging, attractive title is an excellent resource for author studies or biography assignments.”
Kirkus Reviews
“A supplement to Brown’s own charming books.”