My Pen
My Pen
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Annotation: An artist celebrates the many things he can do with a simple pen, and encourages the reader to do the same.
Catalog Number: #119162
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale
Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-423-10371-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-94008-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-423-10371-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-94008-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013047312
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Like a more sophisticated Harold and the Purple Crayon, this sparce picture book by celebrated children's book illustrator Myers, depicts whole worlds created by only the pen in the artist's hand. After admitting that he sometimes feels small compared to powerful people, he says, "Then I remember I have my pen." From there, he demonstrates how much power his pen gives him. First he draws a giant man in work clothes; then he shrinks that man down to fit in the hand of a girl. A tiny version of the artist rides a huge T. rex, then sails across the ocean in a boat made of folded newspaper. Myers' imaginative and realistic black-ink drawings, each one full of detail and enlivened with crosshatched shading, are scattered over each page, some appearing as ordered compositions while others look like playful doodles. In straightforward lines, Myers mentions his worries, the people he loves, and the realities of failure, depicted in page-covering ink splotches. Imaginative kiddos will appreciate this empowering ode to creativity.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Aurelio is a young artist with big eyes, a fedora, and, most importantly, a vivid imagination. In ink renderings on pages that maintain interest by alternating between black on white and the perception of the reverse, the boy contrasts the sense of being smallevoked when he sees rich and famous peoplewith the power he wields with his pen. The "Dali" headline on the book jacket's folded newspaper boat foreshadows playful bits of surrealism, e.g., an elephant in a teacup, a man who looms large on the left page in the hand of a small girl on the right. This tender composition has a familial, personal feeling. The versatile drawing instrument worries about war, expresses love, and "wears satellite sneakers with computer laces." Myers intersperses literal depictions of the pen at work (creating the child's face) with images that are described in more fanciful terms. Where the artist is walking upside down (no pen in sight), the text reads: "My pen tap-dances on the sky and draws clouds with its feet." The first-person possessive voice wears a little thin, and the connection among the pages is loose. Nevertheless, Myers has assembled a visually arresting array of sketches that will likely attract the interest of children who enjoy drawing themselves. Indeed, the last sentence is an invitation to "Let those worlds inside your pen out!" VERDICT The striking images and important message outweigh any narrative issues. Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
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Word Count: 254
Reading Level: 2.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 179532 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q69395

My pen rides dinosaurs and hides an elephant in a teacup.

What can your pen do?

Acclaimed author and illustrator Christopher Myers uses rich black-and-white illustrations to bring a sketchbook to life, showing that with a simple pen, a kid can do anything!

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