The Chalk Box Kid
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The Chalk Box Kid

By (author) Clyde Robert Bulla , Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen

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When his dog eats a huge bone that was buried in the backyard and turns into a frightening creature, Hank agrees to help a wizard try to destroy the evil dragon that is responsible for the transformation.

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  • Paperback | 365 pages
  • 127 x 187.96 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
  • 12 Sep 1987
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0394891023
  • 9780394891026
  • 53,090

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In a poignant updating of the theme of Estes' Hundred Dresses, Gregory, a lonely boy who is ignored by his busy parents, who are preoccupied with their own struggle to survive, creates a garden drawn in chalk on the fire-blackened wall of the abandoned factory behind his home. His classmates, who come to taunt, are startled into recognition of his accomplishment when Ivy, who has won a school prize for art, declares that Gregory has surpassed her. A gentle story, gracefully told. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Random House is proud to present the tenth anniversary edition of a book "Publishers Weekly called "a gem of a book...a story that goes straight to the heart." When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in his life, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls of a burned-out factory behind his house. As his garden grows and flourishes, Gregory finds a voice through his art and, for the first time, is able to find his own place in the world. "The Chalk Box Kid is sure to delight a new generation of children and their parents.

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