“We all have a story to tell, and whether or not you grow up to become a great writer, all those stories start in the same place: childhood. Some kids are born storytellers, others learned to take their unique experiences and turn them into tales that would entertain and inspire. We know how their stories ended, but how much do you really know about how their stories began?” — from David Stabler’s introduction to KID AUTHORS.
Fun and funny stories from these celebrated writers’ childhoods — J. K. Rowling, Langston Hughes, Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Stan Lee, Jeff Kinney, Sherman Alexie, Jules Verne, Nora Zeale Hurston, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain and Roald Dahl — fill the pages of this engaging book. J. R. R. Tolkien, who went by the name Ronald when he was young, was once bitten by a spider the size of a dinner plate, a baboon tarantula. J. K. Rowling made her somewhat dreadful chemistry teacher “the model for Severus Snape, the sinister Professor of Potions at Hogwarts.” Sweet revenge? We think so. 😉 Langston Hughes was unanimously elected class poet when he graduated from eighth grade, even though “he had never written a poem, except in his head.” Beverly Cleary had so few books at home that one of her first “picture books” was “a collection of Jell-O recipes.”
The last section of the book offers little-known facts about other authors such as Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott and Beatrix Potter. It was truly hard to put this one down!
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers was written by David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner and is part of the Kid Legends series from Quirk Books.