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!
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 Hyperion, Linus The Little Yellow Pencil will also available to read on iPad, Kindle and Nook apps and devices.
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
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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.