2013, Chronicle Books
28 very thick pages
Goodreads rating: 4.09
My rating: 4/Liked it a lot
Endpapers: All the pencils on the way to school - on a white background
Title Page: Left: Pencil School News (with credits
Right: Title on notebook paper, "Write often and carry a big notebook."
Illustrations: All the characters are pencils. Sweet used watercolors, pencil (17 HB pencils, to be exact!) and collage. They're gorgeous.
1st line/s: "Once upon a time in Pencil school, a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, "Today we're going to write a story."
My comments: Now this is my kind of story! I'm not sure how much kids will like it, but it sure is a great teacher book. It's written sort of Ms. Frizzle-y with lots going on...meaning main storyline, thought bubbles, story within story, words sprinkled all over the page to read -- and lots and lots to think about. It is visually gorgeous, too.
Goodreads: Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)... and saves the day.