Andrew Drew and Drew

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When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can—and does—happen in this innovative and artistic book. The story literally unfolds step-by-step as readers are invited to follow Andrew through flaps and gatefolds. After sharpening his drawing implement on the first page, Andrew challenges the boundaries of each spread by beginning with a line that leads . . . and leads . . . to unexpected finishes. Staircases become dinosaurs, kites become rockets, and even the most unassuming squiggle morphs into a giant chicken!...
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Overview


When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can—and does—happen in this innovative and artistic book. The story literally unfolds step-by-step as readers are invited to follow Andrew through flaps and gatefolds. After sharpening his drawing implement on the first page, Andrew challenges the boundaries of each spread by beginning with a line that leads . . . and leads . . . to unexpected finishes. Staircases become dinosaurs, kites become rockets, and even the most unassuming squiggle morphs into a giant chicken! This lighthearted depiction of artistic inspiration is sure to engage doodlers of all ages.

Praise for Andrew Drew and Drew
"Any question of reality versus representation is the gentlest kind, utterly unobtrusive...Joyful imagination, plain and simple."
Kirkus Reviews

"The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing... Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too."
Publishers Weekly

"In this humorous and heartfelt portrait of a young artist, Andrew models by example the ebb and flow of the creative process."
Shelf-Awareness

"Each page in this cleverly-designed book is filled with a line, a loop, even a stair step that Andrew has doodled on the paper, and the beginnings of his drawings often lead to something that even the artist himself doesn’t expect."
Reading Today Online

"The text is spare, with only a few words per page, letting the products of the boy’s imagination and readers’ anticipation of them shine as the focus of the book. Never has white space seemed so inviting."
School Library Journal

"Children of all ages—especially those with an interest in drawing—will love exploring the pages of Andrew Drew and Drew. Along the way, they just might absorb some of the book’s message about the power of art and the joy of creating it."
BookPage

AWARDS:
GOLD - 2012 National Parenting Publications Book Awards
RECOMMENDED - 2012 Parents' Choice Awards, Picture Books
Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens - 2013 Capitol Choices

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wordplay of the title aside, Saltzberg’s ode to drawing is fairly earnest and straightforward in its prose. The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing. His pencil lines sweep across white pages (“Andrew doodled and doodled. Sometimes he noodled”), and his creations take unpredictable shape, revealed bit-by-bit by overlapping gatefolds (a staircase Andrew draws eventually forms a dinosaur’s spiny back, and a cross-hatched night sky turns into a trumpet-nosed winged beast in the final spread). Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Saltzberg's book is a delightful example of less being more. Andrew, the doodle boy, is the only splash of color on the pages, but his simple line drawings are as eye-catching and engaging as he is. By employing the nifty trick of two-thirds and one-third overlapping gatefolds, Saltzberg encourages readers to become actively engaged in Andrew's doodles by guessing what's next behind the flaps. A single, undulating line acquires two eyes when the larger gatefold is opened, and when the smaller one is pulled back, the gaping mouth of a large creature is revealed with a smaller one rolling out of its mouth on a skateboard. What appears to be a set of stairs on another spread is actually the back of a dinosaur. On the last spread, Andrew seems to draw the night sky, but when the flaps are opened, a winged creature freckled with star appears, and Andrew is riding on its back, holding his pencil high. The text is spare, with only a few words per page, letting the products of the boy's imagination and readers' anticipation of them shine as the focus of the book. Never has white space seemed so inviting.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
An unassuming boy, a single lead pencil and plenty of fresh white space make for a true descendent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, with its own flavor. Andrew is a "doodle boy" with a standard pencil. This book's thick, glossy pages are his expansive workspace: Andrew appears on the pages, drawing, and the pages are also the paper he's drawing upon. Some pages are the same width as the cover, others narrower or wider, turning over or folding out to change a drawing's meaning. Andrew doesn't plan; he draws and sees where it takes him. "[B]efore he kn[ows] it," an abstract line becomes a kite and then a rocket. If he draws stairs, they're physical enough for him to sit on--but turn the flap, and they're a dinosaur's back. Andrew himself is rendered in color, while his carefully shaded desk and pencil sharpener are--quite wonderfully--the gray of his own pencil. "When night dr[aws] near," Andrew slowly fills the space with dark pencil crosshatches until it's something else entirely--perhaps the next day's artwork or a nighttime dream. Any question of reality versus representation is the gentlest kind, utterly unobtrusive. Adults should keep an eye on the midbook 3-D easel featuring small, stapled-on papers vulnerable to eager hands, because those papers hold text as well as illustration. Joyful imagination, plain and simple. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419703775
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 232,244
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the creator of more than 30 children’s books, as well as a songwriter and performer. His accolades include a 2010 NAPPA Gold Award, a 2011 Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family, and a Kirkus starred review for Beautiful Oops! Saltzberg lives with his wife, dogs, and guitars in Los Angeles.

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