The Pencil
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The Pencil

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The acclaimed duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman team up to imagine the comical world that comes to life when a lonely pencil starts to draw. From the acclaimed duo behind The Runaway Dinner and Previously comes a playful, witty story about the power of imagination. Welcome back Banjo, the boy from The Runaway Dinner! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next - a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to colour in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin - "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" - until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw ...a rubber. Oh no! In the hands of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue?show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 240 x 266 x 4mm | 281.23g
  • Walker Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. numerous col. ill.
  • 1406319554
  • 9781406319552
  • 55,025

About Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg has written nearly 140 titles for children, including Everybody was a Baby Once, The Pencil, The Runaway Dinner and such classics as The Jolly Postman series and Peepo. His books have won numerous awards: the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, the Blue Peter Award in 2001 and the Children's Book Award in 2002. Allan lives in Bath with his family. Bruce Ingman's first book, When Martha's Away, was published in 1995 and was honoured with the National Art Library Award. It also won the 1996 Mother Goose Award for the most exciting British newcomer to children's books. Since then, he has made four more picture books, including Bad News, I'm in Charge and Boing!, written by Sean Taylor. He recently illustrated Ronny Rock Starring in a Thousand Tiny Explosions by Merryn Threadgould. He lives in West London.show more

Review quote

[An] hilarious and utterly enchanting new classic -- Amanda Craig Timesshow more

Rating details

785 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 34% (265)
4 40% (317)
3 21% (162)
2 4% (35)
1 1% (6)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Karen Owens
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.show more
by Kieron Smith
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