ARRABELLA & THE MAGIC PENCIL – BOOK OF THE WEEK

ARRABELLA & THE MAGIC PENCIL – BOOK OF THE WEEK

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 26th August 2019

 Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward (Author), Shaney Hyde (Illustrator)

In the book Arrabella and the Magic Pencil, Arabella is a beloved only child who has everything a little girl could want. That is, until her brother, Avery, the master of mayhem, comes along. While she certainly loves him, she finds that it’s sometimes very hard to like him. So she spends her days creating marvellous, magnificent things with her magic pencil, and trying to ignore him. But when he spoils her perfectly proper tea party, she decides drastic action is required and she erases him from her life. Oops! But things aren’t the same without him — can she get him back?

Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a charming story, which will appeal to any child coming to terms with a new sibling and to caregivers who are supporting changing family dynamics, as well as those who love fantasy and engaging, alliterative language.

A good children’s picture book has a lot of work to do. It needs to primarily entertain, it needs to be exciting and it needs to subtly teach something about life. It needs to feed our dreams. It needs to capable of being an excellent gift.

Arabella and the Magic Pencil accomplishes all of these things and more besides.

The story comes across as a modern day fairy tale about a Princess (the key character) who is capable of magic.

A good book has to inspire children and feed their dreams. What could be better than a magic pencil to fuel any one’s dreams and imagination? Every child loves a pencil and a blank piece of paper, just imagine if the pencil were magic.

After reading this book or having it read to them as a bedtime story, children and most probably parents too will be dreaming of what they would wish for if they were granted one wish once a year as well as what they would draw with their magic pencil.

This book is full of little gems like this which are bonuses in addition to the main life lessons it teaches.

The artwork of the book is beautiful, which helps make it a perfect picture book. The paintings are gentle, very detailed and full of colour. The words tell the story succinctly and brilliantly. The pictures illustrate those words but add a little so there is that extra dimension of additional things to talk about on each picture on each page.

Every picture is strong in its own right. I have chosen a couple from the book of the many I love which I show here.

All in all a beautiful book and story that deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf.

About the Author

Stephanie Ward is an award-winning children’s author and reviewer who splits her time between London, Seattle and Sydney. She spent 15 years in public relations before deciding to dedicate herself to what she loves – writing stories for children. Stephanie has five award-winning picture book manuscripts and her stories have been published in the 2016 Creative Kids Tales Anthology and the 2016 CJ Dennis Poetry Anthology.

 

About the Illustrator

Shaney Hyde is an Early Childhood Teacher from Melbourne who runs art workshops for children and draws inspiration from her own playful childhood. Arabella and the Magic Pencil is the first book Shaney has illustrated, fulfilling a long-held dream.

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward (Author), Shaney Hyde (Illustrator)

 

Hardcover:           32 pages

Age Range:           4 – 8 years

Publisher:              EK Books

 

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward & Shaney Hyde will be published 12th September 2019

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored. – Louis C.K.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is… sharing Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward & Shaney Hyde with your children

 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

A new eco-opera, Rainforest Ocean Blue, is a disaster. The tenor in particular is dreadful. An aria – The Sighs of Whales – is being destroyed every night…

Simon Evans

LOVE IS…

Love is… a special touch

TRACK OF THE DAY

The Ying Tong Song – The Goons

Highest Chart Position: No.3 29th September 1956

WHAT DAY IS IT?

Monday 26th August 2019

Dog Day

Women’s Equality Day

WebMistress Day

Cherry Popsicle Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

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