The Pencil | 铅笔
Author / Illustrator: Allan Ahlberg / Bruce Ingman
Translated from: United Kingdom
Ahlberg and Ingman have created a picture book that is both charming and inventive. It is the amusing tale of a lonely pencil who decides to start drawing and creates its own world, filled with a boy, a dog, a cat, a paintbrush and much more. His creations come to life but then become more and more demanding, wanting to be named and coloured. They also become discontented with how they look. Will the pencil ever live in peace with his creations? Trouble comes when the pencil creates an eraser that gets carried away and who starts to take control. But clever thinking and quick drawing bring the story back full circle.
The humourous bits are what make this book works so well. There are silly moments and funny bits that will get giggles. Suspense is also used to great effect. When a problem arises, the reader must wait until the page is turned to discover the solution.
Both clever and suspenseful, this is a delightful read that tells the story of a pencil who must deal with the consequences of his inventions. The book’s comical unexpected plot that heads in unexpected direction will make you smile.