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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
$11.72
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 iPadKindle and Nook apps and devices. 

Now available everywhere! Including Amazon, B&N, or your local independent bookstore via IndieBound.

 

Praise

“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.” —Publisher’s Weekly

"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.—Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library School Library Journal

“Magoon's digital artwork uses scanned paper textures manipulated in Photoshop, with color used masterfully—the result emphasizes the different looks achieved by using the various art supplies. The simple but expressive faces on the implements are standouts. Magoon gets his message across: Be the best you you can be.” (Picture book. 4-8) —Kirkus Reviews

“The narrative is packed with art-related puns (“bristling with envy”; “brush aside”; “drawn to the very edge”; “Go, get that lead out”), and the digitally created illustrations are filled with movement and color. Linus’ pencil lines sometimes flow from one page to the next, and the location of the text, some of which appears to be hand-lettered, changes from page to page. Linus, feeling “a bit worn down,” enters a pencil sharpener and meets the Oscar the Grouch look-alike hidden inside, who gives him some very pointed advice. The idea of the two ends of the same pencil learning to get along will appeal to children as they watch what the pair are able to create together with a bit of cooperation.” —Maryann Owen, Booklist

“[Linus is] not only about following your heart but also about helping someone else to see the art in their heart. It's a hopeful, lively look at staying true to your calling but to be willing and brave enough to change. I highly recommend this title for your professional and personal collections. (The dedication is simply lovely.)” Full review here.Margie Myers-Culver, Librarian’s Quest Blog

“This is a wonderful and revealing story of how we often end up shutting down completely. We lose our enthusiasm and drive, and the voice dictates all. [It’s] really a fantastic and relatable message for anyone, let alone those who like to create. My takeaway this time is the actual message of the story itself (a first). Not to listen to my inner critic, but how to use it as a tool to continue to create. Thanks, Scott! Full review here. —Mike Boldt, Picture Book Builders Blog.

“Kids will love the idea that when Linus and Ernie start working together, what they create is even more beautiful than what they could have created apart. Adults will enjoy the word play, as when Linus explains, “But Ernie — he’s my eraser — he really rubs me the wrong way.” Clever and touching in every line.” Full review here. —Pamela Kramer blogger

“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! —Stephanie Kiss the Book Jr. Blog

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!

 
 

The Headliner Tour

I’ve got a summer book tour promoting LINUS and its underway! Here are some pics from the road.

 
 

On Social Media

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I think I found my new favorite book for the beginning of the year.. well really for all year! This book features a pencil who is embarrassed and criticized by the artwork he produces. He becomes especially frustrated with his partner, his eraser. After entering the wise pencil sharpener, he realizes he needs to see the positives of his eraser and use it to his advantage. The pair ends up making award winning artwork! Y’all! So many uses for this book! Use it to talk about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. Use it to discuss collaboration, working with those you don’t always care for, and also seeing the negatives as positives. At the beginning of the year it is vital to model productive discussion and this book has so many outlets, it is perfect to model one topic and let the students take on another! Comment with your favorite back to school read aloud. ✏️ . . . #picturebooksofinstagram #picturebooks #classroombookaday #booksrecommendation #childrensbooks #childrensbookstagram #teachershare #teacheridea #iteachelementary #iteach345 #iteachk #iteachfirstgrade #iteach2ndgrade #iteachlittles #iteachtoo #teacherfind #teachersofinstagram #teacherfriends #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teachersofthegram #teacherresources #picturebooksformiddleschool #openthemagic #picturebooksaremyjam #fourthgrade #backtoschool #guidedreading #readalouds #sharedreading

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✏️GIVEAWAY✏️ . Linus and Ernie are good friends. Linus is the yellow pencil and Ernie is his red tip eraser. You can say that they’re inseparable. . One day the two of them decide to enter the art contest. Linus starts practicing his drawings, but Ernie is worried that they are not good enough. In fact, he gets so worked up, he convinces himself that Linus’ art will embarrass them. He starts erasing everything Linus draws - the lines that are not straight enough, the stick figures, the animal drawings.. . Linus starts questioning his own abilities... what will it take to get his confidence back? . 📖 Linus the Little Yellow pencil is a wonderful story of friendship, creativity, believing in yourself and cooperating with others. It’s inspiring and comforting, and it’s full of brilliant illustrations and cute art-related puns! I feel like this book will appeal to all kids, but especially those who enjoy art projects themselves. . Thank you @storygramkids and @disneybooks for our review copy! . ✏️GIVEAWAY✏️ Enter to win a finished copy of Linus the Little Yellow Pencil - follow me, @skortch, @disneybooks and @storygramkids - tag a friend you think will be interested For EXTRA entry - visit @everydaylearnandplay account tomorrow and repeat these steps RULES - Giveaway will end June 10th at midnight EST - US Only - not affiliated with Instagram -must be 18 or have parents permission -must be a public account so I can verify entries . . #LinustheLittleYellowPenciltour #LinustheLittleYellowPencil #ScottMagoon #DisneyBooks #storygramkids #kochamksiążki #bookgram #influencer #family #lbloggers #giveaway #freebooks #książki #bookgram #unitedbookstagram #czytambolubię #dzieckoczyta #igreads #childrensbooks #picturebook . 📚 Synopsis: 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.

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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.