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The Pencil

Written by Allan Ahlberg

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Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009.

This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants something more. They all wants names and then they all want food. The pencil draws food but it is only in black and white. The boy and the dog and the cat want food they can eat… So, the pencil draws a paintbrush. Soon the food is delicious and there is more and more action. But then things begin to go wrong and everyone wants to be different. The pencil draws a rubber so that there can be changes… But, can the pencil survive against the rubber? Luckily, it does and all is well in the drawn world again. Both the visual and the verbal jokes are simple but very effective and the cumulative impact is fantastic.

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The Pencil Synopsis

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.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406319552
Publication date: 07/09/2009
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406309621
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406319552
Publication date: 7th September 2009
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers

About Allan Ahlberg

As a childAllan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player. As an adultAllan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life As an artistAllan ...

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