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Chalk by Bill Thomson
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Oct 26, 11

bookshelves: picture-books
Read in March, 2010

Thomson, Bill Chalk 40 pages, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books; Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G

On a rainy day a group of children come across a bag of chalk. One child decides to use it and draws a sun. Magically, the sun immediately appears. The children then realize that this is magic chalk. Each child takes a turn and their drawings come to life as well! This is fantastic until one child decides to draw a dinosaur with sharp teeth. All of a sudden the children are running for their lives across the playground. They duck into a cement tunnel to hide. How are they going to escape? One child takes the chalk and draws a rain cloud with raindrops. The rainstorm returns and washes away the scary dinosaur and all is well. This is a beautifully drawn wordless picture book. The cover is especially appealing. As an adult I found a few flaws in the logistics of the fantasy (oxymoron?,) but as a whole children will find it very appealing.

ELM ADVISABLE Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Librarian
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