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The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
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Oct 09, 2012 | ISBN 9780763660888

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

There are deep resonances here of world creation myths and the power of artistic expression… free-wheeling faux-childlike illustrations … a thought-provoking model of conflict resolution. But really, this wry, madcap, loving story is for everyone who thinks that of course a boiled egg should be called Billy or who wants to hear the tale repeatedly so as to shout "OUT!" louder each time.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Inspire some creative world-building in budding artists.
—Kirkus Reviews

Ahlberg’s matter-of-fact, curiously specific storytelling has a weirdly appealing blend of absurdity and homey charm.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The Pencil is wildly inventive, deliciously high-concept and simmering with dramatic tension. (Who could have imagined sweat beads flying off a nervous pencil would be so believable?)
—San Francisco Chronicle online

Both clever and suspenseful, this surefire delight tells the story of a pencil who must deal with the consequences of his inventions…The book’s comical unexpected plot and wry narrator keep the story fresh throughout.
—San Francisco Examiner

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!
—For Immediate Release Reviews…Kids

Ahlberg’s playful, abundant imagination is made visible in Ingman’s wryly personified illustrations.

ALL of the characters in this book get names — even the ants. And it’s a GEM of a read-aloud!
—Shelftalker (PW blog)


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