The Pencil

The Pencil

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Allan Ahlberg, Illustrated by Bruce Ingman

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 266mm x 4mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1406319554
  • ISBN 13: 9781406319552
  • Sales rank: 3,117

Product description

When a pencil draws a rubber, a battle of wits ensues! A pencil draws a boy, a dog, a cat and a whole world for them to play in. Then the pencil draws a brush, and the brush adds colour to everything. Everyone is very happy, until the pencil draws a rubber...which begins rubbing everything out! This title comes from the acclaimed partnership behind "The Runaway Dinner" (9781406305494) and "Previously" (9781844280629). It is illustrated by the winner of the 1996 Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's books.

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Author information

Allan Ahlberg always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. It was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children. Allan has won numerous awards for his books including the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, the Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001 and the Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children 2002. Bruce Ingman won the 1996 Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's picture books for When Martha's Away (also winner of the 1996 National Art Library Illustration Awards). He is also the author-illustrator of Bad News, I'm in Charge! (9781844284566). Previously is his second successful collaboration with Allan Ahlberg after The Runaway Dinner. He lives in London.

Customer reviews

By Karen Owens 21 May 2011 5

We've been completing the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and came across this book. It was so nice to find a book that was funny and entertaining, easy to read, and even exciting! It had our whole family entertained. Makes the love of reading easier. Highly recommended!

By Kieron Smith 16 Nov 2009 5

The genius of Ahlberg meets the illustrations of Ingman. Wonderful, funny and full of creative twists in equal measure. Perfect picture book. Was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Award.