I really love the idea and purpose behind the book J. K. Rowling by Caroline Moss and illustrated by Sinam Erkas. It’s an illustrated biography detailing pieces of J. K. Rowling’s life and her journey toward becoming a published author and one of the most influential people in the world. Her words have reached billions and her story is deeply loved by a great many people. And Rowling began her journey much like many others had, as a young person with a love of books and a love for writing. Achieving her dream was not something that was presented to her nor was it easily achieved. But the big takeaway from this small children’s chapter book is the fact that it tells young writers to never give up on their dreams of becoming an author. And, even more, it sends the message that, if you work at your dream and don’t let hardships keep you from it, you can achieve great things. And I think this is an important thing for kids to realize. Dreams don’t land in everyone’s laps and it really does come down to putting in the time and the effort to get yourself there.
One of the things I loved about this book was that it included quotes from J. K. Rowling, herself. Peppered throughout the illustrations and in between the pages of text are large print quotes from interviews and the Harry Potter novels themselves. I think this is an incredible biography for kids to read, especially as it goes over the life and achievements of a woman who is likely to be or have been an incredible influence on their lives due to the widespread popularity of Harry Potter. It’s a great way to motivate young writers and introduce the concept of biographies to younger kids. And while I would never say that J. K. Rowling is a perfect person and I am very aware of some of the faults for which she has been criticized, I do deeply appreciate this book and what it offers to young writers and aspiring authors.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.