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Children's Nonfiction Literary

Robert Munsch

Portrait of an Extraordinary Canadian

by (author) Frank B. Edwards

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Mar 2009
Literary, General, Cultural Heritage
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    Mar 2009
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    Mar 2009
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    Mar 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 4 to 5


Young readers may be amazed to learn that Canada's bestselling author (30 million books so far) started off in Pennsylvania and struggled in school. A solitary daydreamer, raised in a large, boisterous family, he found solace in books at an early age. Considered a slow learner by the nuns who taught him, his creative gifts were eventually recognized by a sympathetic librarian who encouraged him to keep reading.

About the author

Versatile and prolific, Frank B. Edwards has written 23 children's books (for ages 3 to 12), including juvenile novels, picture books and early readers. His first novel, "Frogger", was nominated for a Silver Birch Award. Frank's humorous picture books are popular with children, parents and teachers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

"It is everything we want to know about Robert Munsch told with care and sympathy."
CM Magazine

"In this engaging biography, Frank B. Edwards chronicles the circuitous route the author took to become the celebrated "storyteller to a nation". . . Insights, along with peeks into Munsch's creative process, will be intriguing material for young readers. . . Robert Munsch is a concise but certainly sufficient treatment, one that won't tax young readers but won't leave their parents feeling cheated, either."
Quill & Quire

"This new biography of much-loved children's author Robert Munsch is an interesting and comprehensive look at his life and work. Edwards acknowledges Munsch's full support and co-operation in the writing of this book, and the book certainly has a much more 'complete' feel than any other Munsch biographies currently available. The pictures that are included show a much more personal side to Munsch, and will interest the young reader and Munsch fan. �This is a well-written biography that will be of interest to all Munsch fans. Any library with a full collection of Munsch's work should also own this volume; it also offers Munsch fans something to read while they wait for the next Munsch book to be published!"
Rated G (Good)
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Librarian Reviews

Robert Munsch (Larger than Life)

Did you know that Munsch used to make up and tell stories to the children in the daycares where he worked? Discover how this book-loving boy from Pennsylvania grew up to become one of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling children’s authors. Photographs appear throughout the revealing text, which includes an index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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