Andrew Draws

Andrew Draws

by David McPhail

Andrew draws, and draws, and draws. He becomes so skilled that his work takes on a life of its own in this story of a small boy who does the extraordinary in this whimsical picture book that will remind readers of the power that both art and artist can wield.


Andrew draws, and draws, and draws. He becomes so skilled that his work takes on a life of its own in this story of a small boy who does the extraordinary in this whimsical picture book that will remind readers of the power that both art and artist can wield.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With understated, almost reportorial watercolors and prose, McPhail (Bad Dog) offers a marvelous portrait of the artist as a very, very young man. “What a pretty flower!” says Andrew’s mother when presented with one of the first drawings Andrew makes after finding a crayon under the sofa. “It’s a dog,” says Andrew, coolly undeterred—as all great artists are—by a clueless, if well-meaning, public. Andrew’s creative drive proves unrelenting (and so is his hair, which streams behind him like the coif of a vintage hood ornament), but he’s always fully in control of his muse, which should make him irresistible to an age group that yearns to be seen as competent and confident. When the story takes a magical turn at its midpoint, and Andrew discovers that he can actually solve “the many problems in the world” through his drawings (he does so at the behest of none other than the president), his calm, focused demeanor makes him all the more heroic. Ages 4–8. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Beth-Anne White
Andrew is a budding artist. When he finds a crayon in his house he begins a journey of learning to draw. He draws on the floor—which does not please his mother—but when given a pad of paper he goes to town. His artwork starts to have a life of its own. McPhail’s simple and direct storytelling and tells a story of Andrew and the power of art. As children read this book, or have this book read to them, they too will feel the excitement of all the possibilities before them. This book creates a feeling that amazing things can happen when you do what you love and share it with others. McPhail’s illustrations match the feeling of the book. They are not overly fussy or extravagant. Like Andrew, McPhail focuses his art on what is important and lets the art tell the story. Adults and children will enjoy reading this book and sharing the deeper meaning behind this simple and sweet story. Reviewer: Beth-Anne White; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Andrew finds a crayon under the sofa and his grandmother gives him paper, so he begins to draw and draw. Slowly he learns how to make his pictures look real, until the subjects begin to leap off the page. When the president asks the boy to help the world, he draws images of trucks loaded with food for the world's hungry people, as well as pictures of schools and hospitals. Then, with the very last bit of crayon, he draws something for himself: a puppy. McPhail's endearing ink and watercolor illustrations and brief text create a small, cozy book for one-on-one sharing. It would also be an ideal book to use with small groups to prompt thoughtful discussions on "what would you draw for the world if you had Andrew's gift?"—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
A young boy discovers he can work magic with his drawings.It all starts when Andrew finds a crayon under the sofa. First, he gives it a test drive by scribbling on the floor until his mother tells him to stop, and his grandmother comes to the rescue with a thick pile of paper. Soon, it's clear that drawing's become a passion; he's never without his crayon and paper, keeping them with him even in the bath and while sitting on the toilet. Next he goes out to sketch the world, drawing animals at the zoo and copying his favorite paintings at the art museum. Then—a miracle: One day he draws a picture of a bird for his grandmother, and it flies off the page and lands on her shoulder. He bestows gifts on his family, drawing a cat for his mother and a comfy chair for his father. When word of his talent reaches the White House, the president calls to enlist Andrew's help. Soon trucks are en route to the hungry, and schools and hospitals are sent flying by paper airplane to where they are needed. Finally, with one sheet of paper left and only a stub of the crayon, Andrew finally draws something just for himself. Is the magic in the crayon, or is it Andrew? The story and its wild-haired protagonist are simply charming, and its lovely watercolor-and-line illustrations are sure to spark readers' imaginations.Inspiring. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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7.80(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.36(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID McPHAIL is the creator of dozens of wonderful books, including Big Brown Bear's Up and Down Day, Sisters, andMole Music, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in New Hampshire.

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