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The Pencil [Hardcover]

Allan Ahlberg , Bruce Ingman
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Aug. 12 2008
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 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?

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

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully quirky! July 9 2013
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I love this book. The colourful, playful illustrations and the quirky, witty storyline. I laugh every time I read it to my girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and fun Sept. 19 2008
By R. Cole - Published on
What a wonderful book! We checked this out from the library and have read it several times this week, at my 4 year old's request. We will be buying it for ourselves and our friends. This book opens up even a small child's imagination and makes them wonder what will happen next. My four year old wanted to draw a story after reading this book. I'll be looking for more books by this author this weekend at the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIRR-Kids! Review Nov. 10 2008
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This is a definite winner from the team that created The Runaway Dinner. The combination of humorous text, quirky drawn out writing style, and clever illustrations all point to another runaway hit! Many of the same characters reappear from the first book, which is extra fun for the readers.

Once there was a pencil, who loved to draw. He sketches wonderful things - a boy and a dog, a cat for the dog to chase, a house, a family for the little boy and even an entire town. He even draws a paintbrush to make his drawings rich with color. And is everyone happy? No! The pencil is overrun with complaints and must draw an eraser to clean things up.

The eraser starts rubbing away and everyone seems satisfied. Yet rather suddenly he gets too excited and starts erasing all sorts of extra things. Poof! The house and town are gone. The pencil must quickly come up with a plan to stop this eraser and save his own skin, er, graphite.

What a wonderfully imaginative story this is. It's a fun read that will have readers rushing through the pages to find out who will prevail in the end. Whimsical illustrations and a quick wit make the entire book fly by far too quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully creative and delightful! Aug. 30 2011
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Both my son and I love this book! It's a very creative story about a lone pencil who draws a world around him that comes to life. It's random humor cracks up my 3-year-old, and I adore the uniqueness of it! Great book, very glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Ahlberg Hit Feb. 5 2009
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If you enjoyed Runaway Dinner, you'll love The Pencil. This book shows many of the characters from The Runaway Dinner and what can happen when creation of an overzealous eraser makes things go awry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Favorite July 17 2010
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This book is so creative and fun and funny with great illustrations. It became an instant favorite in our house and I love how original the story is. I have been telling all of my friends who have children about it and even purchased it for a friend who is a primary school teacher. I highly recommend this book and are so happy to have it as part of our collection!
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