You may recognize Allan Ahlberg’s name from the 1986 book The Jolly Postman (one of my favorites!), which he worked on with his wife Janet. His latest book, The Pencil, definitely belongs on Time’s list of Top 10 Children’s Books of 2008. (Also on the list – Bats at the Library.)
The Pencil is a wonderful book about a pencil that begins to draw. It begins with a boy and dog. Soon everything the pencil has drawn wants to be in color, so the pencil draws a paintbrush. After that the things the pencil has drawn are unhappy with parts of themselves, so the pencil draws an erase. But, uh-oh, the erase begins to erase everything! This book is fun, clever, and funny – especially when everything the pencil draws wants to know what its name is. I highly recommend it. Not only is the story great but the pictures by Bruce Ingman are fantastic!