The Pencil

The creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and PREVIOUSLY team up to imagine the comical world that comes to life when a lonely pencil starts to draw One day that little pencil made a move, shivered slightly, quivered somewhat and began to draw Welcome back Banjo, the boy from THE RUNAWAY DINNER Once a pencil draws him, there s no telling what will come next a dog, a caThe creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and PREVIOUSLY team up to imagine the comical world that comes to life when a lonely pencil starts to draw One day that little pencil made a move, shivered slightly, quivered somewhat and began to draw Welcome back Banjo, the boy from THE RUNAWAY DINNER Once a pencil draws him, 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, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue
The Pencil The creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and PREVIOUSLY team up to imagine the comical world that comes to life when a lonely pencil starts to draw One day that little pencil made a move shivered slightly

  • Title: The Pencil
  • Author: Allan Ahlberg Bruce Ingman
  • ISBN: 9780763638948
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Pencil”

    1. Ahlberg and Ingman have created a picture book that is both charming and inventive. It is the story of a lonely pencil who decides to start drawing and creates its own world, filled with a boy, a dog, a cat, a paintbrush and much more. Trouble comes when the pencil creates an eraser who starts to take control. But clever thinking and quick drawing bring the story back full circle.The humorous bits are what make this book work so well. There are small running gags, silly moments and other funny b [...]

    2. Many of the picture books I read are firmly “of the times” - characters, dialog, and illustrations all combine to declare modernity. I envision kids reading these books for a few years and then, well I’m not sure. Some of them will have longevity and some won’t - it’s often hard to tell. Much more rarely do I encounter books that successfully rise above the here and now. Their combination of story and images displays a timelessness that will likely appeal to readers for years to come. [...]

    3. So creative! What happens when a pencil begins to create his own world--and then creates an eraser that gets carried away!? I really enjoyed the journey.

    4. From the beginning, Allan Ahlberg's style of writing is distinct and engaging. A very clever and inventive book that made me giggle.

    5. The Pencil is a purely delightful book! It begins with a lonely pencil who starts to draw first a boy then a dog and a cat. When their world needs color he draws a paintbrush to color everything in. Soon the boy has a mother named Mr a father named Mrs. and a sister named Elsie. Everyone is happy except Mr. doesn't like her hat and Mrs. ears are too big, so the pencil draws an eraser. The eraser gets carried away and erases everything and just before the eraser erases away the pencil the pencil [...]

    6. One for all you writers out there. An amusing tale of a lonely pencil that starts to draw. His creations come to life but then become more and more demanding, wanting to be named (as characters do!) and coloured. Then they become discontented with how they look. Will the pencil ever live in peace with his creations? Is this all a metaphor for the writing journey? Ultimately this is an fun postmodern story that heads in unexpected directions and makes you smile. Oh and I love the endorsements on [...]

    7. Mildly amusing, I don't quite see the appeal that others seem to be able to spot. It is a fantasy but it does not seem to follow an internal logic -- which is that the pencil should not be able to create a paintbrush with 3 colors of brush tip. That solution is flimsy and unconvincing, even if the story is kind of fun.

    8. This is a fabulous story of life and death disguised as a children's book. That sounds pretentious, but this book is completely not. Together with The Runaway Dinner and Previously, Ahlberg and Ingham are cornering the market on existential dramas for the under-five crowd.

    9. 'The Pencil' is a charming (although somewhat abstract) story about the beauty of mark making, and embodies how illustrations add so much richness to a text. The progression from the grey pencil to the colour in the paintbrush allows the reader to truly appreciate how the colour brings the illustrations to life.

    10. Once there was a pencil, a lonely little pencil, and nothing else. It lay there, which was nowhere in particular, for a long, long time. Then one day that little pencil made a move, shivered slightly, quivered somewhatd began to draw.This is a creative story picture book about a lonely little pencil. One day it made a move and began to draw. The pencil drew a boy and named him Banjo. The boy then asked for a dog and so the pencil drew a dog named Bruce. When Bruce asks the pencil to draw a cat h [...]

    11. The pencil tells a beautiful story about a lonely pencil. All alone he decides to start drawing. He draws some beautiful things but they all start complaining. Trying to please everything he created he runs into a bit of a problem and has to solve it. This story is very witty and indeed the pencil is very smart. It had me thinking straight awy all the great things you could do with this book art, RE, memory games, PSHE it would be great for boys and girls from age 7. brilliant for discussion abo [...]

    12. This picture book fantasy brings to life a whole new world as a pencil begins to draw the story. The story line builds for the young audience, as the pencil constructs new characters and objects, naming family members and pets, then drawing a paintbrush to color this new world. As conflicts happen within the newly created characters an eraser is drawn by the pencil, just in time to rub out the difficulty. I found myself thinking of the wonderful Harold and the Purple Crayon. This could be a good [...]

    13. Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman join hands (as only a brilliant writer and a brillianr illustrator can) to tell an exciting story about creating stories. The life automatically given to the drawings of the little pencil tells us much about why and how we narrate and create.Die span Ahlberg-Ingman verklap die geheim van waarom en hoe ons stories vertel in hierdie verbeeldingryke verhaaltjie van 'n eensame potlood. Dit moet verpligte leesstof word, nie alleen vir alle kleuters nie, maar ook vir let [...]

    14. This is a charming picture book that gives the pencil the role of narrator. The pencil illustrates the events happening in the story and give names to his drawings and makes everything come alive. It is very reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Story events come to a climax when everything is destroyed by the eraser. Students could have a fun time predicting what will happen next in this book.

    15. I really enjoyed this story of a pencil who draws a whole world. His drawings are quite demanding - they need names, color, food, their ears are too big, FIX IT, Pencil! Pencil draws a paintbrush and an eraser to help him create a whole world, but mistakes do happen, as with any art project. I love the build-up of the story and the fun illustrations.

    16. Oh the power of a pencil. Many objects have stories to tell that most people do not think of. Author, Allan Ahlberg thought of the pencil's story and put pencil to paper, well, Bruce Ingman did, and together they came up this cute story that really makes you think.Published by Candlewick Press.#drawing#painting#PB

    17. I thought this was a lovely book which the children would really enjoy. It would provide plenty of opportunities in the classroom to do some cross-curricular activities, especially with English and Art.

    18. This was a very original picture book. I have enjoyed some of Ahlberg's work over the years and think this is one of his best. (I also love The Bravest Ever Bear) I don't always 'get' his humor, but in this case, I felt the book was clever, fun, and full of surprises.

    19. I was not wild about the artwork, but the creativity more than made up for that fact. Clever and fun from start to finish.

    20. This is about a pencil. Obviously, the pencil draws things, and these things come to life. The illustrations were okay, but I didn't like the story. I thought that the boy, the dog, and the cat were snotty. I just didn't like the tone of the book. I think that children would like the book for the most part, but I also think they could pick up on the attitude.

    21. The kids smiled and voted to give this book 5 stars when we got to the end.It's an imaginative and creative story about a clever little pencil, who creates a wonderful world.The text is a bit on the long side, so it's best if you're reading to children who can sit through longer stories.Would appeal to fans of art, pencils & paintbrushes (as well as kids who like dogs, cats & balls).

    22. This book is clever. In part it is about drawing, but even more so, in my opinion, it is about storyline, and the elements of a narrative, that are presented in such a tangible way for a young audience.

    23. A very entertaining story to be throughly enjoyed, with underlying messages of friendship, loss and learning not to take things for granted.

    24. a cute story that kind of reminds me of the gingham dog and the calico cat. kids should enjoy this and hopefully try to make a world of their own!

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