Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Obstinate Pen

The Obstinate Pen
by Frank W. Dormer
Henry Holt and Company, 2012. Unpaged. Picture book.

This is the story of a pen with a flair for the perfect insult. When Uncle Flood gets himself a beautiful brand new pen he quickly discovers that it won't write what he wants it to. Instead it lets him know how gargantuan his nose is. Uncle Flood angrily throws the pen out the window, and that's how the pen's many hilarious adventures begin. Kids will love all the silly insults that the pen writes to the different people it meets along the way and their various reactions to its snide revelations. Little ones will also enjoy the simple answer the boy, Horace, comes up with to tame the pen in the end. A great read aloud if I ever saw one.

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