Author: A True Story

written and illustrated by Helen Lester

Child-friendly text and charming illustrations share a personal story of trials and triumphs in a writer's life.

The author of the Tacky the Penguin series candidly tells of her struggles with the creative process, both in elementary school and as a published author. Frustrations with early writing disabilities, the discouragement of having her first six books rejected, and the labor of turning ideas into finished works do not stop her from forging on with the work she loves. This exuberant, spiky-blonde-haired girl in the green argyle socks will be an inspiration to all writers.

The illustrations are cheerful, simple cartoons, save on one spread where a childlike drawing of a pig is shown next to a highly polished image by her frequent collaborator, Lynn Munsinger.