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The Chalk Box Kid

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  840 Ratings  ·  119 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
Paperback, 60 pages
Published 1987 by Scholastic
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Feb 21, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
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Feb 27, 2009 Davy rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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
Georgia Karr
Mar 24, 2015 Georgia Karr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla is about a nine year old boy who has to move to a new neighborhood and attend a new school. When he gets settled in he finds out that his uncle is going to be living in the same room as him. This is a problem for him because he doesn't like his uncle very much. On top of everything else, the boy is having troubles making friends at his new school and is being bullied by a boy who has a lot of friends. The boy likes to draw and creates a garden by drawing p ...more
Aleksandra Petrovich
This is a story of a 9-year-old budding artist, Gregory, who just moved to town and is new at school. He has a hard time making friends. He also has to share his room with his uncle, which he does not like. One day he finds an old burnt down and abandoned chalk factory near his home and claims it for his private place. When Mr. Hiller from the local nursery visits his class one day, Gregory becomes interested in plants and gets an idea to create his own garden. He does this in his own artistic w ...more
Carissa Gelinas
Easy-to-Read #2
This book is about Gregory and how he has moved to a new school. It starts off talking about his ninth birthday and how it started as the worst birthday ever because he thought his parents weren't going to get him anything for him, but he ends up getting his own room at his new house. It continues to talk about his experiences in his new school and his classmates. He finds that he is talented at art, especially chalk drawings. He ends up making Ivy one of his friends, and it can b
Sarah Caswell
The Chalk Box Kid tells the story of a new kid moving into a new school that is less than welcoming. He struggles to find his place and making new friends, but has a very difficult time in doing so. The only place that Gregory can find an escape from his harsh reality of not fitting is an old chalk factory behind his house. In the factory he opens up and uses his creativity to take life to an new imaginative level. I think this book is great and I would highly recommend it for readers. I would s ...more
Easy To Read Beginners Reading #2

The Chalk Box Kid was about a boy who just moved schools. He wasn't making a lot of friends and the boys in his class often thought he was bragging about his life, even though Gregory didn't think he was. One day, Mr. Hiller, a man who owned a plant nursery, came to talk to their class about plants and brought seeds for them to grow their own garden. Gregory was unable to grow a garden because he had concrete everywhere. So, he ended up using the old burned build
Laura Verret
So, I recently read The Paint Brush Kid and guessed, based on not-so-subtle references that it was the sequel to another book. I wasn’t too surprised to find out that it was the sequel to this book, The Chalk Box Kid.

The Story.

Gregory isn’t very happy. He liked their new house when they first moved into it – he especially liked the fact that he had his own room where he could hang his art on the wall. But then Uncle Max moved in with them and Gregory had to give up half his room. The kids at the
May 20, 2015 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-fiction
This story made me feel a bit depressed for Gregory, the main character. Even though the family has been busy moving to a new home, nobody bothers to do or say anything special to this 9 year old boy. They barely take notice of him as his Uncle Max moves into their home and shares Gregory's room. He has a difficult time making friends at his new school. When he discovers a burned out chalk factory adjoining his backyard, he creates a beautiful chalk garden and then everyone finally appreciates h ...more
Apr 24, 2009 RaeLene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 26-picture-books
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
Aug 15, 2013 Gale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Oct 21, 2015 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Tadinya saya ingin memberi 2 bintang saja. Transisi antar kalimat tidak halus dan kurang explanation tentang para tokoh atau ekspresinya. Mungkin karena tipisnya buku ini sehingga ceritanya langsung to the point.

Akhirnya saya kasih 3 bintang karena ide ceritanya unik. Pantas saja ini tentang art and creativity. Gregory pintar menggambar dan dia membuat taman dengan kapur di dinding bekas kebakaran dekat rumahnya. Gambarnya bagus sekali. Indah.
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
Gavin Nelson
I thought this book was boring because there was no action. There was no suspense. Gregory lived next to a burned down chalk factory. Gregory's dad just got a new job and they just moved to a new house, so he does not have any friends. His uncle Max is living with them, but Gregory does not really like Uncle Max because most of the time Max thinks he is the only one that matters. The story was just not that interesting to me.
Lark Petty
I liked the book. It is a good story for helping a child get over being the "new kid" or being on the recieving end of someone else's mean-ness. A family is forced to move to a new place and this child must face some disappointing loss while he tries to find his place in this situation. It is an easy, quick read if you are looking for something that won't take weeks to read.
Amanda Medlin
Dec 15, 2015 Amanda Medlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jack-read
From Jack (age 7)...This book was interesting because his house was surrounded with concrete so he did not have any room to grow a garden. He had a burnt building behind his house and since he couldn't grow a garden, he decided to draw a garden. I liked the book because he was a smart kid and everyone didn't believe him, but he was telling the truth.
Erin Walker
Jul 08, 2012 Erin Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edsl-520
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,
Oct 29, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
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
Amy Kannel
This was a quick read, and maybe would have been better to just let my 8yo read on his own. It was OK, not particularly amazing, but not bad. We finished it in just two sittings; the chapters are short and the vocabulary simple.
Feb 13, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom-reads
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
Jun 21, 2014 Julie Pascoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Joe Takeuchi
I like this book because it's about a boy and what he can draw with a chalk. It is interestingly fascinating, and enjoyed reading it.
Feb 01, 2016 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet little story but I feel like it's pretty outdated. The Illustrations also are a bit creepy in my opinion!
Aug 31, 2015 Terralyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short but sweet book! I like that it shows how much some adults underestimate children. Usually in children's books, the adults are made to seem too perfect.... and we aren't.
Feb 08, 2016 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly interesting, with a lot more of a plot line than these books often seem to have.
Jan 31, 2016 yashvi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i love this book! it's one of my all-time favorites, despite being only 60 pages.
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Almost as far back as he can remember, Clyde Robert Bulla wanted to write. Born on a farm in a small town in Missouri, Mr. Bulla's first school was a one-room country schoolhouse. One day his teacher asked each first grade student what he or she would do with a thousand dollars. Young Clyde answered that he would buy a table. His classmates laughed heartily, and his teacher was
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