The Pencil

The Pencil


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"Clever and suspenseful, a surefire delight." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Once a pencil draws a little boy, there’s no telling what will come next — a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to color in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it’s not long before the complaints begin — "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" — until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw . . . an eraser. Oh, no! In the hands of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, creators of The Runaway Dinner and Previously, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763638948
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg is the acclaimed author of numerous picture books, including PREVIOUSLYand THE RUNAWAY DINNER. His other books include THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION and THE BABY IN THE HAT, both illustrated by André Amstutz, and the popular Jolly Postman series. He lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman is the award-winning illustrator of PREVIOUSLY and THE RUNAWAY DINNER, as well as BOING! by Sean Taylor. He lives in London.

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Clever and suspenseful...surefire delight.
—Publishers Weekly

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The Pencil 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
riofriotex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amusing, clever story of a pencil, paint brush, and eraser that come to life and create (or wipe out) a world where inanimate objects, as well as living things, ask the pencil to give them a name (check out the ant on the bottom right of the next-to-last two-page color spread!).
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:This story didn't really hook me. I thought it was very imaginative but I didn't really care for the story.Curricular Connections:I would read this aloud for story time and then give the kids a pencil and a piece of paper and let them draw their own imaginary world.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think my students would love this book about a pencil creating his own story. Great to use in a writing lesson. Although it is a bit like Harold and the Purple Crayon, the paintbrush adds a bit of change to it and a bit more originality. Great to use for lessons on problem/solution, sequencing and the writing workshop in general. Will make a great read-aloud.
jcloke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Pencil" ia a fabulously illustrated book that opens up a world of imagination in its readers. The illustrations are simepl pencil drawings, but carry so much more than that within. As you read the book you get to think about what you would draw if you could draw your perfect world. It's imaginative, creative and also very funny.
H-and-Gs-Mom More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for boys! This book inspires my less than eager reader to read, which makes it invaluable. The story is adorable and imaginative. My twin boys are 7 and it they love it, and belly laugh throughout the story. It is also silly enough to keep the younger readers attention and as a parent it is a pleasure to read a fun, original and well written story! There are so many forgettable children's books out there that it is refreshing to find one so sweet and original! We read it at least once a month even at 7 years old! Definintely a winner in our library. Also check out The Runaway Dinner by th same author.