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Linus

Here’s a book for your little frustrated artist. How many artists out there (young and old) felt frustrated by that harsh inner voice that told us our drawings aren’t good enough? Your own worst critic? Your own best fan? This book is for you.

Linus and his eraser, Ernie, don't always see eye to eye. But with the family art show drawing near, these two will have to sharpen their collaboration to make something neither one could do on their own!

This ode to art by the illustrator of Spoon and Chopsticks points out the power of sharing the creative process and sticking with it.

Drawn together.

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Linus The Little Yellow Pencil
$16.99
By Scott Magoon

How many artists out there (young and old) felt frustrated by that harsh inner voice that told us our drawings aren’t good enough? Your own worst critic and yet, your own best fan? This book is for you.

Linus is full of inspiration and wants to make his mark at the art supply family art show. Ernie, his eraser, isn’t so sure. But one big collaborative idea draws them together to create something neither one of them could do on their own. 

This ode to art points out the power of sharing the creative process and sticking with it.

Published by Disney HyperionLinus The Little Yellow Pencil will also available to read on iPad, Kindle and Nook apps and devices. 

Available everywhere on June 4, 2019—but you can pre-order today from Amazon, B&N, or your local independent bookstore via IndieBound.

 

Praise

Linus the pencil yearns to compete in the family art show with all the other office implements. But Ernie, the red eraser that sits at the top of Linus’s bright yellow body, has a mind of his own, and it’s the equivalent of a human’s inner critic. Ernie is convinced that Linus’s art will be an embarrassment and thus thwarts any attempt at art-making. “You call that a straight line?” Ernie scowls, then “Rubba-dubba-rubb went Ernie, and Linus’s line was gone.” Some advice from a composite figure living inside the pencil sharpener (“Let the eraser erase. It is no matter”) rescues Linus from a spiral of self-doubt and inspires him to enlist Ernie in blending and smudging, adding drama and texture to their drawings just in time for the big show (“They drew wildly and joyfully together”). Effusive text by Magoon (Rescue & Jessica) can feel overeager, but the digital drawings offer an unbridled energy that veers between bold poster styling and the intriguing chaos of a relentlessly creative artist’s sketch pad. Ages 3–5. (June) —Publisher’s Weekly

  • Librarian blogger Stephanie over at Kiss the Book Jr. blog says of LINUS: “The artwork is top notch, so creative and at times, just beautiful. One of the best picture books I have reviewed in years.” Full review here. Thank you Stephanie!

I’ll be hitting the road this summer—I hope you can make it to one of my LINUS events below!

I’ll be hitting the road this summer—I hope you can make it to one of my LINUS events below!

 

Linus The Little Yellow Pencil
 
 

Artivity!

The Blend! Student artists at the Park School created these works of art using a pencil AND an eraser. I found these drawings to be so creative and fun and captures the spirit of Linus & Ernie: We can work together and more kindly with our own creative selves. Thanks, Park School!

 
 

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LINUS THE LITTLE YELLOW PENCIL ✏️ by Scott Magoon Linus wants to enter the family art show, but his eraser, Ernie, is never satisfied with their creations. Linus is ready to give up drawing forever. At that moment, Linus enters a “cave” (a pencil sharpener), and meets Smudge, who offers some sage advice. With a sharpened attitude, Linus is ready to try again. This time, Ernie plays an equal role in their creation. Written as a response to Scott Magoon’s inner critic, Linus will touch the hearts of everyone that knows someone like Linus and Ernie. Full of dad jokes and wonderful details (check out the back cover barcode as one example), your students will laugh, they will groan, and they will realize that every mistake is an opportunity. Put Linus on your wish list, as he’ll be available on June 4, 2019. ✏️❤️🌟#linusthelittleyellowpencil #scottmagoon @skortch #bookrecommendation #picturebooks #picturebooksaremyjam #picturebooksofinstagram #igconnect4edu

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Behind the Scenes

Here are some development sketches I created while working on Linus The Little Yellow Pencil. Click on the thumbnails to expand and read more about each.