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From the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor-winning team behind WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a humorous and intimate portrait of the most celebrated writer in America, as told by his thirteen-year-old daughter.

Susy Clemens thought the world was wrong about her papa. They saw Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he was so much more, and Susy was determined to set the record straight. In a journal she kept under her pillow, Susy documented her world-famous father-from his habits (good and bad!) to his writing routine to their family's colorful home life. Her frank, funny, tender biography (which came to be one of Twain's most prized possessions) gives rare insight and an unforgettable perspective on an American icon. Inserts with excerpts from Susy's actual journal give added appeal.

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"Kerley and Fotheringham (What to Do About Alice?) pair up again to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of another famous family. Wanting to present a portrait of her papa beyond that of just humorist and author, Mark Twain's 13-year-old daughter Susy spent a year chronicling her observations and reflections. While her entire work was published in 1985 (Papa: An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain), Kerley contextualizes the teenager's admiring musings with vivid familial backdrops. So when Kerley notes that Twain's wife often would 'clean up any questionable passages' in his writing, Susy's biography states that this meant 'some delightfully dreadful part must be scratched out.' Minibooklets titled 'Journal' appear in the fold of many spreads, containing excerpts from Susy's notebook (some may find the flowery typeface of the inserts hard to read). Adding dynamic flair to the limited palettes of each digitally created scene are curlicues representing words, which emanate wildly from pen tips, pages, and mouths. Author notes about Susy and her father, a time line of Twain's life, and tips for writing an 'extraordinary biography' complete this accessible and inventive vision of an American legend. Ages 7 — 11." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Susy Clemens thinks the world is wrong about her papa. They see Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he is so much more, and Susy is determined to set the record straight. Includes excerpts from Susy Clemens's actual diary. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

Susy Clemens thought the world was wrong about her papa. They saw Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he was so much more, and Susy was determined to set the record straight. In a journal she kept under her pillow, Susy documented her world-famous father-from his habits (good and bad!) to his writing routine to their family's colorful home life. Her frank, funny, tender biography (which came to be one of Twain's most prized possessions) gives rare insight and an unforgettable perspective on an American icon. Inserts with excerpts from Susy's actual journal give added appeal.

PRAISE AND HONORS FOR WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?:

* "Kerley's text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject's antics..." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Irrespressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was." — Booklist, starred review

- Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

- Parents' Choice 2008 Approved Award Winner

- Kirkus Reviews "Best of Children's Books 2009"

-Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

About the Author

Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS and WALT WHITMAN: WORDS FOR AMERICA, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at www.barbarakerley.com.

Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at www.edfotheringham.com.

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Kim Griswell, November 4, 2010 (view all comments by Kim Griswell)
Did you ever wonder why Mark Twain's hair always looked as if it had thoughts of its own? Maybe he saw this coming: a behind-the scenes look at Papa Twain from the point of view of his daughter Susy. You see, Papa wasn't the only scribbler in the Twain household. Susy was a chronicler, too-a chronicler of the life of her beloved father. The book includes mini-journals with excerpts in Susy's script stuck between the pages of the lively main story. If you're interested in one of America's greatest storytellers (and want your kids to be, too), then you won't want to miss this unique perspective on Papa Twain.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545125086
Author:
Kerley, Barbara
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Illustrator:
Fotheringham, Edwin
Author:
Fotheringham, Edwin
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
12 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
07-11

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kerley and Fotheringham (What to Do About Alice?) pair up again to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of another famous family. Wanting to present a portrait of her papa beyond that of just humorist and author, Mark Twain's 13-year-old daughter Susy spent a year chronicling her observations and reflections. While her entire work was published in 1985 (Papa: An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain), Kerley contextualizes the teenager's admiring musings with vivid familial backdrops. So when Kerley notes that Twain's wife often would 'clean up any questionable passages' in his writing, Susy's biography states that this meant 'some delightfully dreadful part must be scratched out.' Minibooklets titled 'Journal' appear in the fold of many spreads, containing excerpts from Susy's notebook (some may find the flowery typeface of the inserts hard to read). Adding dynamic flair to the limited palettes of each digitally created scene are curlicues representing words, which emanate wildly from pen tips, pages, and mouths. Author notes about Susy and her father, a time line of Twain's life, and tips for writing an 'extraordinary biography' complete this accessible and inventive vision of an American legend. Ages 7 — 11." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Susy Clemens thinks the world is wrong about her papa. They see Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he is so much more, and Susy is determined to set the record straight. Includes excerpts from Susy Clemens's actual diary. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Susy Clemens thought the world was wrong about her papa. They saw Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he was so much more, and Susy was determined to set the record straight. In a journal she kept under her pillow, Susy documented her world-famous father-from his habits (good and bad!) to his writing routine to their family's colorful home life. Her frank, funny, tender biography (which came to be one of Twain's most prized possessions) gives rare insight and an unforgettable perspective on an American icon. Inserts with excerpts from Susy's actual journal give added appeal.

PRAISE AND HONORS FOR WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?:

* "Kerley's text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject's antics..." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Irrespressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was." — Booklist, starred review

- Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

- Parents' Choice 2008 Approved Award Winner

- Kirkus Reviews "Best of Children's Books 2009"

-Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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