Some of my listeners may be familiar with the classic children’s picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon, wherein Harold takes his purple crayon and draws his own world, and what he draws comes to life. But what about a scenario where the drawing instrument itself is responsible for creating a world? Then you get the story in The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Bruce Ingman. One day, a lonely pencil quivered, shivered, and started to draw. First comes a little boy who immediately demands to be named. The pencil names him Banjo. After Banjo comes Bruce the dog, Mildred the cat, and whole landscape to play in. But after playing a long time the boy, dog, and cat are hungry. They can’t eat though, because whatever the pencil draws is in black and white! So the pencil draws Kitty the paintbrush who brings everything to life in color. Things are wild, crazy, and fun until an accident with Sebastian the ball forces the pencil to draw an eraser. However, this eraser doesn't want to follow the rules and erases everything and nearly rubs out the pencil! How will the pencil get out of this mess? And what about Banjo the boy, Bruce the dog, Mildred the cat, Kitty the paintbrush, Sebastian the ball, and the rest of the world? Come check this rotating book out soon, before the library’s rotating collection is changed out.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles in both our permanent and rotating collection to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingram
ISBN: 9780763660888, 48 pages, illustrated
Rotating, Children's Picture Book Fiction