Daniel the Draw-er

Daniel the Draw-er

by S. J. Henderson

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ISBN-13: 9781497396999
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

When S. J. was a little S. J., she enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with her friends. Of course they were ridiculous, and, of course, she was supposed to be doing Math homework instead. However, those old stories lit the spark for sharing words with others. S. J. still avoids Math homework, and hopes you like her books more than fractions and decimals.



S. J. lives with her husband and four boys on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere, Michigan. Their family belongs to two dogs, one bored cat, and three horses. Most of S. J.'s free time is spent in the saddle, because she feels more comfortable there than on her own feet.



She could live entirely off of pumpkin spice lattes and movie theater popcorn. The same Florence + the Machine CD has been on repeat in her minivan for two years; she's afraid that, if she dares to take it out, even the van will forget what a CD is.



Her favorite books usually come in sets: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight. S. J. believes you should read what brings your imagination to life, so if you haven't found it yet, keep reading!

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Daniel the Draw-er 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
NYM More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my 11 year-old son, Daniel. I thought it was fantastic. The grammar and language use is perfect for the target audience, it's fun, funny, exciting (at least at an appropriate level for middle grade), and teaches some great morals. It's a pretty quick read (I finished it in about an hour), so it should even work well for kids who have trouble sitting still. I'd recommend it for the 4th-6th grade crowd, or thereabouts.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson is a magical children’s tale about Daniel and his magic pencil. Daniel is your average nine-year-old boy and he loves to draw. His mom is concerned about him and wants him to go out and find more friends. “Daniel, Annie is a nice girl, but it’s not healthy to have only one friend.” Daniel likes Annie and he considers her his best friend. With Annie, Daniel feels that he does not need any other friends because of the adventures they share. One day Daniel does find other friends by the stroke of his magical pencil. Come along with Daniel in Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson and meet Whiskers, Pi-zzabot, Macaroni and a cast of other magical characters. Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson is an ideal book for children. It is full of adventure as seen through the eyes of a child. S.J. Henderson takes the reader on a journey of imagination and fantasy with not only Daniel but Annie as he begins to share his magical pencil with her. Who could have imagined that with a pencil, eraser and paper a whole world opens up for a child? Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson shows us how vivid the imagination is of a child. If you are looking for a fun, adventurous and magical book to read to your child, consider Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson.
WBurr More than 1 year ago
As the mother of a boy who is just starting to read chapter books on his own, this book is right up his alley. I can't wait to share it with him. He really enjoys the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and I think this falls right into the same camp with humor that is much less gross. I had no question that I would be giving it five stars.  I listened to the audio version of the book, and although the audio reader's voice wasn't my favorite, especially for Daniel, once I got used to that, I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to the book. Henderson has won my heart with Daniel. The characters in the story were vivid and caught my attention well. I loved the mission to avoid the sister's boyfriend, and the aversion to mom's meatloaf. I laughed out loud when I got to the superhero, Super Amazing Pants (SAP), and especially his nemesis, Doctor Short Shorts. The whimsical creations in the book are fun and will spark the imaginations of the children who I imagine will enjoy this book for years to come. I hope it will be in elementary school libraries and first and second grade classrooms all around the country. The theme of the book was lovely, too. I caught a couple of simple threads that will teach kids how to be confident about making new friends, and how to be nice to and value the ones they already have. When Daniel started to notice the slightly girly differences in the tomboyish Annie, he decided it was okay, and he still wanted to be her best friend. Annie is a real girl after all. This is adorable. Some of my favorite quotes:  "I'm pretty sure nobody's ever been marshmallowed to death." "Annie has a certain reputation to keep. One that involves a taste for creepy, crawly, and peanut-buttery things. If anyone besides me found out there's an actual girl hidden inside, she'd never live it down." "I'm sure you meant to say, 'Come in, Best Mother in the World,' didn't you?" I shrug "It's okay, because none of us are perfect. All we can do is our best. Even if our arms are crooked or if we're missing one of our four eyes, if we're helping someone else, we're perfect." *** This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Daniel is a witty, frank, and precocious boy with a wild imagination. Then a magical pencil allows him to draw anything to life. This reminds me of the lovable story, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Daniel and Annie embark on a crazy adventure. Sometimes the things Daniel came up with were too far-fetched and silly. For example, SAP (Super Amazingpants)???? Fighter of Crimes of Fashion? Of course, not all drawings worked out. A great, fun story for kids! A quick and easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! It was as much fun for me as an adult as I imagine it is for children. Daniel's adventures with his magic pencil are creative in a way which will inspire everyone who reads this to be more creative themselves. There are also good lessons, for example Daniel's discovery that Pizza-bot can only help him so much, or that friendship is worth more than anything.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a funny story with a message about friends. I fell in love with Daniel and his story, so I shared him with my sons. They loved the story as well, and I loved the laughter they had when I read it. Hope there is more to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book for children aged six and upwards, and also for those who are kids at heart! "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." The author invites us to see the world through the eyes of Daniel, a quirky nine-year-old boy, as he discovers a magic pencil in his attic. This is indeed no ordinary pencil, for whatever Daniel draws takes on a life of its own. His creations include Octobear, half teddy, half octopus, and Pizza-bot, a robot who can make pizzas while solving algebraic equations. Daniel goes on one fun-packed adventure after another with his new creations, taking his best friend, Annie, along with him. As much as Daniel enjoys sharing his adventures with Annie, they test their friendship, and he starts to worry that he has lost her. During the battle to win her friendship back, he learns important life lessons, which we could all learn from. S. J. Henderson immerses us in the world of Daniel, and his magical creations. The humour carries the story along at quite a quick pace. I read this book in one sitting, and would have loved to read more. By the end, I felt sad to be saying good-bye to Daniel. This is S. J. Henderson’s first book; I certainly hope she is planning a sequel.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book free in return for an honest review. And honestly, I loved it! Daniel has a most refreshing voice, so that his story grabs you right from the beginning. When not with his best friend Annie, Daniel likes to draw and to dream up cool solutions to his problems--like a robot who can prepare pizza and solve all his math problems for school. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a solution for the problems posed by his sister's boyfriend Tommy or his mother's concern that Daniel has only one friend. But when Daniel discovers a magic pencil that brings his drawings to life, he discovers a whole new set of problems, and greater insight into himself and what is really important. Wonderful lessons, charmingly told in a way to capture the imagination of children. Warmly recommended! Great for kids to read themselves or as a read-aloud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book, and I love reading it to them, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorous, zany, and insightful, "Daniel the  Draw-er" takes the reader on a satisfying and creative journey through the observations of a child. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I choose to give the book " Daniel the Draw-er"  FIVE STARS for such a terrific book that I had found was   hard to just set down and I leave once one began to to read this particular book. I recommend this book  for especially grade school kids -girls or boys who like about kids being creative and like to draw a lot too like Daniel does! I received this book free and in exchange I am doing the review asked of me! Ai really liked this book! Great job S.j.! By Angela