In a colorful companion to Jack's Fantastic Voyage, Grandfather tells Jack about a magic pencil that wrote down the adventures of the table and the floorboards, from the forest to Jack's room, and when Jack finds the pencil, the magic continues.
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Grade 2-4-An odd, slightly surrealistic fantasy about a pencil that starts writing in the middle of the night, setting down memories of its origins in the forest and the reminiscences of the other wooden objects in the room-a table, the paper, the door, the floorboards, etc. When the window blows open, the paper on which the stories have been recorded flies outside and is torn by the wind, returning them to the forest. The boy who lives in the room grows up, has adventures, and years later tells his grandson about that unusual blustery night. The youngster who now resides in that room finds a pencil in the floorboards, bringing the action full circle. The illustrations are beautifully tinted watercolors that perfectly suit the quiet mood of this tale. The author writes in a quiet, almost disjointed style, going from object to object as they interrupt one another to tell their stories, then to the papers and the fate of the pencil, then to the boy's life. However, it all makes a flowing narrative that will start readers thinking about the origins of things in their own lives, no matter how common. A quirky offering for those who enjoyed Chris Van Allsburg's Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Houghton, 1984) and Fulvio Testa's If You Take a Pencil (Dial, 1985).
JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From award-winning British author/illustrator Foreman (War Game, 1994, etc.) comes another story of Jack and his tale-spinning grandfather. When Grandfather was a little boy, he wrote a letter to his father. While he slept, his pencil began writing of its own accord, recounting the tale of its origins, as well as those of the door and the floorboards. The window blew open and a strong wind rushed in, knocking the pencil to the floor and carrying the paper, all covered with stories, back to the forest. Grandfather tells Jack about the pencil that disappeared, and when Jack runs home to his room, there, under the floorboards, is the pencil! He uses it to write a thank-you note to his grandfather and leaves it lying on the paper when he goes to sleep. In the middle of the night, when all is quiet, the pencil begins to write again. A hauntingly beautiful tale about the secret, imagined lives of (seemingly) inanimate objects. The rich, saturated watercolors are suggestive of the power of the night and the hidden magic of dreams. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152000615
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110152000615