Susan Katz's Reviews > Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom
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Mar 06, 09

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For anyone who loves children's books, this collection of letters by a genius of an editor is absolutely indispensable for its insights into writing, illustrating, editing, and publishing. It also contains many fascinating tidbits about a host of famous authors and illustrators. Best of all, the voice in those letters is that of a funny, smart, irresistible human being whose amusing comments often made me smile. Of a sales manager who responded with intense emotion to a reading of Bedtime for Frances at the sales conference, Nordstrom remarked to the book's author, "I was really convulsed and wanted to say 'Shall Mummy come over to your house and read you another story tonight, honey?'" She's the sort of editor every author dreams of, and if you've been lucky enough, as I have on occasion, to work with an editor who's a sheer gem, you know how irreplaceable such a person is.
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