I am a big fan of quirky picture books, and some of my favorites are stories about writing implements: pens, pencils, and crayons. Before I discovered these books, I didn't know that a pencil can be the hero of its own story. But, a good author can make a pencil or a crayon into a delightful character whose exploits are just as interesting as the humans and animals that populate most children’s picture books.
Once upon a time at school, a brave little red pencil set out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and other interesting things—but first she had to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
Linus and his eraser, Ernie, don't always see eye to eye. But with the family art show drawing near, these two will have to sharpen their collaboration to make something neither one could do on their own!
Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.
A fussy eraser tries to keep the pages clean by erasing the scribbles of a mischievous pencil. But before long, the eraser discovers what can happen when two opposing forces come together to have fun. A delightful story that reveals the joys of collaborative imagination.
Pencil want's to draw the perfect picture for his dad. He asks his friends Brush, Pastel, Marker, Crayon, and Chalk what makes their art perfect. But they each have a different answer. How will Pencil create his own perfect picture?
Forging a best friendship after meeting at summer camp, a boy and a pen do everything together, from writing letters home; and collecting autographs; to sword-fighting; and teasing a sibling, until the pen goes missing, prompting a long-distance correspondence.
Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.