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The Resource My pen, Christopher Myers

My pen, Christopher Myers

Label
My pen
Title
My pen
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Myers
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An artist celebrates the many things he can do with a simple pen, and encourages the reader to do the same
Tone
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Books, 2016
Review
  • K-Gr 3 — Aurelio is a young artist with big eyes, a fedora, and, most importantly, a vivid imagination. In ink renderings on pages that maintain interest by alternating between black on white and the perception of the reverse, the boy contrasts the sense of being small—evoked when he sees rich and famous people—with the power he wields with his pen. The "Dali" headline on the book jacket's folded newspaper boat foreshadows playful bits of surrealism, e.g., an elephant in a teacup, a man who looms large on the left page in the hand of a small girl on the right. This tender composition has a familial, personal feeling. The versatile drawing instrument worries about war, expresses love, and "wears satellite sneakers with computer laces." Myers intersperses literal depictions of the pen at work (creating the child's face) with images that are described in more fanciful terms. Where the artist is walking upside down (no pen in sight), the text reads: "My pen tap-dances on the sky and draws clouds with its feet." The first-person possessive voice wears a little thin, and the connection among the pages is loose. Nevertheless, Myers has assembled a visually arresting array of sketches that will likely attract the interest of children who enjoy drawing themselves. Indeed, the last sentence is an invitation to "Let those worlds inside your pen out!" VERDICT The striking images and important message outweigh any narrative issues.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p73)
  • /* Starred Review */ A graceful boy with a fedora and soft curls talks about the power of making art, as finely detailed black-and-white images surround him, like a sketchbook brought to life. Deep in thought, the boy compares himself to people who are rich or famous. “Sometimes I feel small,” he confesses. “But then I remember I have my pen.” Instead of imagining fortune or celebrity, he pays homage to wisdom and strength, drawing a farmer in overalls who towers over him like a stone monument (and who bears a strong resemblance to the author’s late father, Walter Dean Myers). “My pen,” he says, “makes giants of old men who have seen better days.” His pen creates adventure (“My pen sails to Africa in a newspaper boat”) but carries grave concern, too (“My pen worries about all the wars in the world”). Throughout the book, faces—young and old, with dark skin and light skin, with dreadlocks and pigtails—assure readers that this is a book meant for them, as are the freedom, power, and unlimited possibilities that drawing offers: “Let those worlds inside your pen out!” Ages 3–5. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 02, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A boy describes everything his pen can do, from the literal to the metaphorical.A thoughtful boy wearing a fedora opens with a pensive, poetic assertion. "There are rich people who own jewels and houses and pieces of the sky," there are people who are famous worldwide, and sometimes he feels small in comparison—"[b]ut then I remember I have my pen." This extraordinary nib pen hides an elephant in a teacup and X-rays the boy's chest, revealing a butterfly with a pen body. It has tender abilities ("My pen makes giants of old men / who have seen better days") and cryptic qualities ("My pen is smart as a snowflake"). Myers uses nib pen for his excellently skilled, shaded and detailed drawings in black ink on white background. The boy's pen "draws [him] a new face every morning," shown only partially finished. When text says the pen "wears satellite sneakers" or "tap-dances on the sky," illustrations show the boy doing so; when the pen "worries about all the wars in the world," the boy shelters from tanks and warplanes. This pen is the boy's tool but also his heart, self and strength, and maybe it's not so unusual: "There are a million pens in the world / and each one has a million worlds inside it." Highly sophisticated concepts and art invite the long and close examination of older readers. Poignant, vulnerable, wise. (Picture book. 7-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10404022
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Myers, Christopher
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • Pens
  • Drawing
  • Imagination
  • Pens
  • Drawing
  • Imagination
Target audience
preschool
Label
My pen, Christopher Myers
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000052329931
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423103714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)865297621
Label
My pen, Christopher Myers
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000052329931
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423103714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)865297621

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