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Title:
Andrew draws
Author:
McPhail, David, 1940- , author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Holiday House, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Andrew's scribbles with a crayon he found become better and better until he is making drawings so realistic that they come right off the page.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 480 Lexile.
Genre:
ISBN:
9780823430635
Format :
Book

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Summary

When Andrew finds a crayon under the sofa, he puts it to use by scribbling on the floor. Mom is not happy, but Andrew's grandmother knows what to do. She gives him a pad of paper. From that day on, Andrew draws, and draws, and draws. He becomes so skilled that his work takes on a life of its own. "Oh my, says Grandmother when the bird Andrew draws alights on her shoulder. Hearing of Andrew's remarkable artwork, the president calls with a question. Could Andrew use his ability to help the whole world? Here is the story of a small boy who does the extraordinary, reminding readers of the power that both art and artist can wield.


Author Notes

David McPhail has written and illustrated many picture books. His I Like to ReadĀ® picture books for Holiday House include Boy, Bird, and Dog, which Kirkus Reviews proclaimed "a sweet, gentle charmer," and Sick Day, called by Publishers Weekly "a tender pick for beginning readers." He lives in New Hampshire.


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Booklist Review

McPhail celebrates the power of the pen in this imaginary tale of a crayon's superpowers. After Andrew's drawing of a parrot appears as a live avian on his grandmother's shoulder, he produces a cat for his mother, and a big soft chair for his father. As Andrew's reputation spreads, the president calls, requesting pictures for solutions to the world's problems: trucks of food for the hungry peoples of the world, boatloads of supplies for flood victims, new schools and hospitals for countries without them. Finally Andrew's crayon is down to a stub, and with one last picture, Andrew draws something for himself: an affectionate puppy of his very own. McPhail's artwork explodes with joy in pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations bursting with enthusiasm for the small boy's masterpieces. Andrew himself, a porcupine-haired charmer in a striped T-shirt, is a lovable creator of a better world for all of us. Reminiscent of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon, the story leaves children thinking about what they would draw if given a magical crayon of their own.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

With understated, almost reportorial watercolors and prose, McPhail (Bad Dog) offers a marvelous portrait of the artist as a very, very young man. "What a pretty flower!" says Andrew's mother when presented with one of the first drawings Andrew makes after finding a crayon under the sofa. "It's a dog," says Andrew, coolly undeterred-as all great artists are-by a clueless, if well-meaning, public. Andrew's creative drive proves unrelenting (and so is his hair, which streams behind him like the coif of a vintage hood ornament), but he's always fully in control of his muse, which should make him irresistible to an age group that yearns to be seen as competent and confident. When the story takes a magical turn at its midpoint, and Andrew discovers that he can actually solve "the many problems in the world" through his drawings (he does so at the behest of none other than the president), his calm, focused demeanor makes him all the more heroic. Ages 4-8. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Andrew finds a crayon under the sofa and his grandmother gives him paper, so he begins to draw and draw. Slowly he learns how to make his pictures look real, until the subjects begin to leap off the page. When the president asks the boy to help the world, he draws images of trucks loaded with food for the world's hungry people, as well as pictures of schools and hospitals. Then, with the very last bit of crayon, he draws something for himself: a puppy. McPhail's endearing ink and watercolor illustrations and brief text create a small, cozy book for one-on-one sharing. It would also be an ideal book to use with small groups to prompt thoughtful discussions on "what would you draw for the world if you had Andrew's gift?"-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.