THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

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OH!!!  I LOVE THIS BOOK!  ANOTHER SISTER-SUCCESS!

The Little Red Pen grades papers.  The piles on the desk are huge…overwhelming (in my teacher’s mind!).  She calls to Stapler, Scissors, Pencil Eraser, Pushpin, and Highlighter for their help in grading all of these papers, but they take cover in the nearby drawer.  The Little Red Pen tells them that if these papers are not graded, “the students won’t learn.”“The sky might fall.” “It might be the end of the world.”  and more in between!!  Excuses abound.  “The Little Red Hen” tale is brought back to us on top of a desk instead of in the country making bread.  “Not I, said the ….” all over again!

Tank, the lazy, overweight hamster, sleeping away, should be helping instead, or so thinks this excuse-laden cast.

With no help, the Little Red Pen goes off alone to grade the papers.  As the night wears on, she tires more and more, loses her balance, and falls into “The Pit of No Return,” the wastepaper basket.

The rescue ensues and the papers get graded, but not without much tongue-in-cheek humor and the best,most delightful artwork.

This is a fun book: colorful, bold, silly.  A great read-aloud!  These wonderful sisters have given us another story which will bring smiles to your faces from each and every page.

Age Range:  6 – 9 Years

Grade Level:  1st – 4th

Authors

Susan Stevens Crummel was a math teacher for 31 years!  As part of a Navy family, she lived all over the world. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree (major in Mathematics; minor in Physics) and Master’s Degree (Education) from Texas Christian University. She lives in Texas today.

Her husband, Richard, retired from education after 42 years (high school band director, principal, and superintendent).  They have three grown children.  You can find her @ http://www.susanscrummel.com

Janet Stevens co-authored this book.  (See below for her biography.)

Illustrator

Janet Stevens began drawing as a child.  Janet’s father was a Navy pilot, so moving and changing schools often was just their way of life.

Janet graduated from the University of Colorado in 1975 with a degree in Fine Arts.  In 1977, she attended “The Illustrator’s Workshop” in New York City, where it was suggested that her characters might find a home in a children’s book. She pursued that avenue and we are blessed to find her wonderful art in libraries and home bookshelves near you!  Janet is the author and illustrator of many original stories, plus, frequently, collaborating with her sister, Susan Stevens Crummel.

Janet has received numerous book awards, including a Caldecott Honor Award, Time Magazine’s Ten Best Children’s Books, the Wanda Gág Best Read-Aloud Book, Child Magazine’s Best Books of the Year.  Her books have been named ALA Notables, have repeatedly appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, won many state awards, as well as the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award twice.  You can find more @ http://janetstevens.com

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Book Information

ISBN-13:  9780152064327
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.50(d)

A CHILD OF BOOKS by Oliver Jeffries and Sam Winston

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by Oliver Jeffries and Sam Winston

She calls herself “a child of books.”  She lives for reading.  She goes to the home of a small boy, her travel companion who has yet to understand these things called “reading” and “imagination.”  The two children embark on an incredible voyage of discovery.  The two of them head out to find oceans, mountains, castles, monsters, the world itself to be filled with words from forty children’s classic stories and lullabies.

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The landscapes are typographical, where climbing up sentence steps and climbing down a rope of words to escape a monster are part of the adventures. They sleep and dream on a cloud of words. The passages from masterworks such as Little Women, The Wind in the Willows, Great Expectations and Treasure Island form a very literal and beautiful landscape of adventure.

One’s imagination can run wild across the make-believe mountains or through the forests of fairy tales.  This is a most imaginative book to encourage reading and the pursuit of all types of stories, poetry, lullabies.  The girl’s delight in reading and books inspires us all through this delightful adventure.  It opens doors for our imaginations to be free and run.  It encourages the storyteller in each of us, as well as invites our creative selves to push those walls beyond what we know is possible in order to illustrate our stories.

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This is truly a book for all ages although it gives the age range as 4 – 9 years old.

Awards:

Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017

http://iamachildofbooks.com/

Author/Illustrator

Oliver Jeffries, author of The Day the Crayons Quit, is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  Not only is he an author, but an artist as well.  He has won many awards for his books.  His paintings have been shown in London, New York, and Berlin.  We can find him @ http://www.oliverjeffers.com/

Illustrator

Sam Winston loves words.  He believes language not only carries messages from one person to another, but language and words can be a visual form of communication. He uses a variety of approaches including drawing, performance and poetry to accomplish this.  He has had his works shown in museums and galleries such as Tate Britain, the British Library, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., MoMA NYC and Stanford University, among many others.  He lives and works in London. We can find him @ http://www.samwinston.com/

The book is published or contracted to publish in 17 foreign editions around the world.

Book Information:

ISBN-13:9780763690779

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication date: 09/06/2016

Pages: 40

Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)