Arabella is a beloved only child who has everything a little girl could want. That is, until her brother, Avery, the master of mayhem, comes along. While she certainly loves him, she finds that it’s sometimes very hard to like him. So she spends her days creating marvelous, magnificent things with her magic pencil, and trying to ignore him. But when he spoils her perfectly proper tea party, she decides drastic action is required and she erases him from her life. Oops! But things aren’t the same without him — can she get him back? Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a charming story, which will appeal to any child coming to terms with a new sibling and to caregivers who are supporting changing family dynamics, as well as those who love fantasy and engaging, alliterative language.
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Stephanie Ward is an award-winning children’s author and reviewer who splits her time between London, Seattle and Sydney. She spent 15 years in public relations before deciding to dedicate herself to what she loves – writing stories for children. Stephanie has five award-winning picture book manuscripts and her stories have been published in the 2016 Creative Kids Tales Anthology and the 2016 CJ Dennis Poetry Anthology.
Shaney Hyde is an Early Childhood Teacher from Melbourne who runs art workshops for children and draws inspiration from her own playful childhood. Arabella and the Magic Pencil is the first book Shaney has illustrated, fulfilling a long-held dream.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a delightful book full of princess magic, whimsy and fantasy all wrapped up in beautiful illustrations and bountiful alliteration! But, the real message is as down to earth as ever and one that many children will relate to when that first new baby comes into the picture. I was that child and I know my older brother would have loved to erase me just like Arabella erases her younger brother, Avery. And why wouldn’t a child feel that way at times? Let’s face it, new siblings can be annoying, but when Arabella does the unthinkable, she regrets it and realizes she loves and misses her brother. In the end, she learns to control her emotions and steps into the role of being a loving and protective big sister. This book is so fun to read while delivering an important, kid-friendly message.
Arabella was the only child of the Duke and Duchess, she was used to being spoilt and getting everything she wanted. By Royal Decree, Arabella was allowed one wish every year. However, Arabella never wished for a sibling, especially not a baby brother. Her brother Avery was loud and ruined her games. That year Arabella wished for a magic pencil that would bring to life everything that she drew. But when her brother ruins her tea party Arabella uses the pencil on him to erase him. Now, what is she going to do? For those who have siblings, I think as children we have all been there when a brother or sister has annoyed us so much that we just wanted them to go away and leave us alone. I’m the youngest of three sisters and apparently I was the annoying child who would wander across their board games or leave blackcurrant handprints in their school books, I even stood on my middle sisters toy helicopter to try to reach something high up and smashed it, some 40 years later she still hasn’t forgiven me. This book is about siblings and about understanding that whilst there are tough and annoying moments there are also lots of lovely, happy ones too and that although a child might be upset about their brother or sister they would miss them terribly if there were no longer around. I love the illustrations and how the colours changed when Arabella had erased Avery to demonstrate how upset and lonely she was, her feelings came across strong and I’m sure children will understand her sorrow too. This is a beautiful book and would be perfect for a child who is getting a new baby brother or sister. It is very relatable and was such a joy to read and looks superb too. It has an air of magic around it and is very fairy-tale-Esq.