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The Chalk Box Kid

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Random House is proud to present the tenth anniversary edition of a book Publishers Weekly called "a gem of a book...a story that goes straight to the heart."When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in his life, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls of a burned-out factory behind his house.As his garden grows and flourishes, Gre...more
Published 1987 by Scholastic
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A solid and spare (and somewhat gothically illustrated) children's story that reads like a Raymond Carver short story. It feels true and the pay-off at the end feels genuine. It concerns a boy who works out his inner turmoil over his family's recent move by creating a garden mural in an abandoned chalk factory behind his house. What really gives the book its refreshing uniqueness is the bleak, unpatronizing language (though there are a few unfortunate exclamation points) and the fact that the ca...more
Shelby Troutman
The book tells the story of Gregory's transition into a new school. During the move his family does not seem to be supportive. We are led to believe that he lives a lonely life. As school begins he is treated rudely. It isn't until he finds a burned building behind his new home that he begins to adjust to his new surroundings. He used the new building to make an urban garden by drawing on the black walls. This modern day garden helps him become noticed by not only his teachers and classmates but...more
Beginning reader: A great story about a boy who finds a place of his own where he can make his own garden.
This is a book about a young boy who uses his creativity to make a garden bloom in a most unusual way.
The Chalk Box kid was a fun and easy read. I think children in about 1st or 2nd grade would enjoy this book. This book is about a young boy by the name of greg that was force to move away from the area that he grew up in on the day of his birthday ( talking about a bad birthday). This was the worst birthday for greogry ever, the lost of his father job had force the family to move into a smaller home. The home was very old and small, but one thing that made greogry day is that he got his own bedr...more

Three burned and sooty walls prove an irresistable lure to a lonely 9-year-old boy. Friendless in a new school in a decaying neighborhood, and disrespected by his unemployed young uncle, Gregory discovers the remains of a chalk factory behind his cement-filled back yard. Who says he can't have a garden like the other kids in his class--it's in the eye and the heart of the gardener, after all. In this case the gardener is a budding artist, who wants to recreate...more
Kayla Gayle
Clyde Robert Bulla's The Chalk Box Kid is an amazing story about a small boy who moves into a new neighborhood. He starts at a new school and does not make any new friends due to the fact that they think he is bragging. His Uncle moves in with his family and has to stay in his room, which he is very unhappy about. So he explores and discovers a gate behind his house, after opening this gate he finds a burned down building with only three walls. He discovers that the burned down building used to...more
Realistic Fiction. "When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in his life, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls of a burned-out factory behind his house. As his garden grows and flourishes, Gregory finds a voice through his art and, for the first time, is able to find his own place in the world."

I liked this story because in the beginning Gregory was a sad, lonely boy in a new school. By the end of the story, through his artistic abilities, he became...more
Erin Walker
The Chalk Box Kid by: Clyde Robert Bulla (1987) -Beginning Reader Picture Book

This book is about a boy named Gregory who moves to a new house and attends a new school. He has to deal with making new friends, his Uncle, and other challenges. He loves to draw and paint. Gregory begins to draw in the burned building behind his house that used to be a chalk factory. At first nobody appreciates his drawings but then he gains friends and understanding.

Themes: Art, Making Friends, Overcoming Obstacles,...more
The Chalk Box Kid, by Clyde Robert Bulla, tells the story of a young boy named Gregory. He has to move into a new house with his family and life seems to keep throwing new challenges his way. To deal with all of the stress, Gregory draws a chalk garden in the abandoned factory behind his house. I liked this book because it addressed a topic that many kids struggle with. It can be difficult to make friends and fit in and by reading this book, children would not feel alone. It could open up the do...more
My 3rd graders and I really enjoyed this book. It was just the right length and held their interest as they related to the main character Gregory and his triumphs and struggles in his young life.
Julie Pascoe
Read to find out what he does with chalk and why this is a good title. After reading this, could you come up with another appropriate title?
Very cute and sweet story about a young artist gaining acceptance in his community.
Jennifer Taylor
This was a fun book to read with my son for America's Battle of the Books.
Story Revolution
Random House is proud to present the tenth anniversary edition of a bookPublishers Weekly called "a gem of a book...a story that goes straightto the heart." When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in hislife, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls ofa burned-out factory behind his house. As his garden grows and flourishes,Gregory finds a voice through his art and, for the first time, is able to findhis own place in the world. The Chalk Box Kid is sure...more
Wonderful short story.
April 2014. Read aloud to four-year-old.
Very short, easy chapter book which we did as a read aloud. The story was flat, quiet, and pretty sad. Even at the end when he made a friend, all they did was sit quietly. Nothing wrong with that, but Bea's opinion was that nothing really happened and she didn't see the point. I couldn't really argue. It wasn't so much that nothing happened. It was just that the way it was written made it sort of feel like you were seeing it happen through the wrong end of the binoculars.
this is a story about being thankful for what you have and not lamenting what you don't. when we firat meet Gregory he claims it is the best birthday of his life. why? because he has a bedroom of his own in a rundown tiny house his family had to move to for his dads work. not a party or the newest greatest toys. ..a bedroom. Gregory is gateful for what he has. he creates amazing artwork in a burned out building using chalk. because it is what he has.
A really well written story for young readers. A boy starts a new school, when his family moves to a new house, and has trouble making friends and fitting in. He loves art and finds a way to "grow a garden" in a burned out building. A touching story, and so nice to see real life issues (parents losing job, living in a run down neighborhood, uncle who can't hold a job...) included in an honest, realistic way.
I have to read a lot of children's books since I'm helping do Battle of the Books in Zoe's class. I thought I would rate some in case the moms out there are in a reading rut with their kiddos!

The Chalkbox Kid is a quick read and I really enjoyed it! Jack (7) and Zoe (9) both read it easily on their own and gave it a two thumbs up! You could probably finish this in one night if you read it as a bedtime story.
If you have a beginner reader, then this is a nice chapter book to begin them on. Gregory is a 9 year old boy who is struggling with his new surroundings. He finds himself escaping reality by visiting his private art room behind his house. Using simple chalk, he creates things he wishes he had in reality. A little too perfect ending is a minus, but the moral is there and it's a nice book for a quick read.
Cheryl in CC NV
Deceptively simple, with some rather rich themes. The power of imagination is only one, there's also a bit about bullies (fortunately just teasing, not fighting) and friendship and a place of one's own. Of course it's very like The Hundred Dresses but with a boy, and more up-to-date. Lovely.
Acacia Casner
This book is about a boy who moves to a new town. He is faced with the difficulties of making new friends, getting used to a new house, and going to a new school. He learns to love the place when he finds an old abandoned Chalk Factory behind his house. He uses things he finds in the factory to create a make believe garden for himself. He also unexpectedly makes a friend along the way.
This book includes some eery, wonderful charcoal drawings that complement the story very well (rare for children's book illustrations).

The story is about a lonely child at a new school that discovers an isolated concrete wall in town where he unleashes murals and pictures from his imagination with the aid of some chalk.

An elegiac little book about creative children.
April Castle
This book showed the struggles of a little boy who just wanted something of his own. It was a good story to show the struggles of trying to fit in. He was an artist and drawing is what he liked to do. He tried several times to show his parents the art he had made of a garden. They finally paid attention when his teachers told his parents what a great artist he was.
The story is about a boy moving to a new neighborhood and creating a magical world in a very unlikely place. I felt so sorry for Gregory in the beginning because his family just moved and they forgot his birthday. Then he has to share his bedroom with an uncle he doesn't like. In the end Gregory triumphs with a remorseful family and a class full of new friends.
Sep 14, 2007 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children starting to read chapter books
The Chalk Box Kid was the first chapter book i ever read. This book has to be one of my favorite childhood books. The Chalk Box Kid is a very easy read, and in my opinion if anyone is just starting to read chapter books this is an excellent book to start on. This book was about how this kid how he let out his creativity by drawing with chalk. It was very cute!
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