Linus The Little Yellow Pencil

Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781368006279.
PreS-Gr 2–All Linus (a little yellow No. 2 pencil) wants to do is make his mark in his upcoming family art show. He is full of inspiration but is always dissed and discouraged by his eraser Ernie. They just can’t seem to see eye to eye. As the show draws closer and pressure begins to mount, Linus begins to doubt himself, which is the worst feeling of all. At the edge of his page, Linus meets a mentor of sorts in an unlikely place, who urges him to worry less about Ernie and to find his path simply by drawing it. Feeling more inspired than ever, he gets to work. With a little drawing from Linus, and a little erasing from Ernie, they create beautifully, uniquely smudged art. And they couldn’t have done it without each other. Their art has the most heart; they lived happily ever after. Magoon reminds readers of the power of sharing the creative process and sticking with it. His humor shines through as puns punctuate the pages, which are also filled with expressive and energetic drawings.
VERDICT This book has an important message to embrace the creative process, wrapped up in the package of one punny picture book

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