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When Pencil Met Eraser

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Ever wonder why there's a little pink eraser on every pencil? Find out in this picture book that tells the true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends.

When Pencil draws on the pages of this book, Eraser erases parts of Pencil's work, and the book itself becomes a canvas for their different takes on creativity--until the two discover their artwork is even
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Imprint
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lines, smudges, and eraser dust! All three come into play in this pencil vs. eraser creation.

Pencil loves to draw. Eraser loves to erase. Can these two opposite characters find a way to create and work together?

The pages of pencil drawings here are full of shading and depth. Beautiful pages drawn by Pencil. Then along comes Eraser, erasing bits of the picture here and there. Needless to say, Pencil is not happy about the erasing. But somewhere along the line, Pencil begins to see more and more o
Jon Nakapalau
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book that will teach small children the importance of friendship - great art!
Colby Sharp
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
So fun! My students are going to love this book.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute book, great for art teachers. Everyone has their strengths, you just have to let them try
Cute story about cooperation.
Rod Brown
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Somehow we keep finding more of these pencil and eraser books. This one is pretty good for the genre, if a little standard, as pencil and eraser first find and then find common ground. Nice art and energy.
Baby Bookworm
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is When Pencil Met Eraser, written by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr., and illustrated by Germán Blanco.

There once was a pencil who loved to draw. His art was bold, well-shaded, and full of intricate detail. There was also once an eraser; he loved to create art as well, but through the use of negative space. Much to Pencil’s consternation, as he creates da
Lorna Meldoni
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not out yet but definitely pick it up once released because this is going to be a kid favorite. Who doesn't want to know the story about how erasers and pencils came together? Such a fun concept and clever book with beautiful artwork and great messaging. Simple but engaging. Advance copy. ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It could be used as an origin story for the pencils we use today.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This simple little story offers a message that is easy to understand but sometimes hard to put into practice. The yellow pencil with the stick-like figure loves to draw and is pleased with his art.

Oh, and did I mention, he likes to work alone?

But when the squatty little pink guy shows up, Pencil begins to grow more and more unhappy.

We learn that Eraser loves to erase just as much as Pencil enjoys drawing. So as fast as Pencil creates something beautiful, Eraser sets out to improve the creation b
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet book with a great message of working on teams and using each others strengths to be create!
Marlaina Jean-Baptiste
Feb 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: week-6
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This book is a great reminder to me, while it is okay to work along, I don't always have too. You see the pencil was doing a great job all by himself, but he did a better job with an eraser. Personally, I enjoy doing home improvement projects, mostly have the vision all ready in my head. How I want it to turn out, but it is still nice to have a fresh perspective on things. I have learned to accept help sometimes it grants me the freedom to try something completely new.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Yet another pencil and eraser picture book. This is probably the next best one I've read so far after Perfect. ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This delightful story provides an explanation for how pencil and eraser came together. Pencil loves to draw and is very good at it. Pencil is not impressed when Eraser erased some of the picture Pencil drew. Pencil tries to ignore Eraser, but Eraser continues to change Pencil's pictures. Finally, Pencil tries to stump Eraser's creativity only to find that working together has it's benefits. I loved the illustrations in this book. The detailed pencil drawings mixed in with the eraser marks. The i ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute and humorous and the illustrations really added to the story. At first, pencil and eraser didn't see eye to eye. Pencil would draw perfect illustrations (in pencil's mind, at least). And eraser would come and "improve" them. Will they ever learn to be a team? ...more
Pencil and Eraser have a contentious relationship until they learn to work together.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable!
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Childrens Picture Book. Pencil is an artist, he loves to draw beautiful scenes. Eraser likes to come through and erase just enough to make the drawing perfect. Pencil is not happy about this of course, until he finds he drew himself into a corner of a maze. Then the two are able to collaborate, eventually joined by a crew of other school supplies. This would be a really cool book to use in art, by having the students draw a picture in pencil and then erase some of the details. It could also be u ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a super cute story about how a pencil got an eraser attached to it. I think it would be a great book to kick off writer's workshop at the start of a school year. The illustrations tell the story just as much as the story itself. For fans of the book, "Perfect", children will love this story as well. ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
Great story about how friendships don’t always start out with two people being instant friends, but they can turn into something beautiful with time, understanding, and a willingness to be open to another point of view. Fun illustrations, too. This book is reminiscent of the children’s picture book: “When the Crayons Quit.”
Erin Buhr
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Very cute and snappy. I’m surprised this story hasn’t been written before now. This is a partnership almost as old as paper and it seems fitting that we know their origin story. This is delightful although perhaps a bit predictable. A read aloud that kids will enjoy.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clever little tale! I think this is a very creative story of how pencil and eraser met. At odds, at first, Eraser happily erases his way into a beautiful friendship with pencil. I think littles will enjoy this tale. The illustrations are so fun to look at; could make a fine story for story time.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this origin story of how pencil met eraser. It was so creativity and beautiful! Pencil keeps creating beautiful masterpieces and eraser makes changes that always somehow make it better, even when you think it cant get any better.

Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this would be my kids' pick for this year's Caldecott. Pencil likes to draw, and he's not happy about Eraser getting in on the action until he sees what he can do. The two become inseparable. The illustrations show this collaboration in unique ways. ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful book about creativity, cooperation, and the wonderful things we can accomplish when we work together. Quite funny as well -- would make a great read-aloud.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Pencil wants to be a solo artist, but when a persistent eraser keeps erasing in his drawings, he eventually decides to collaborate.

"Once, there was a pencil ... who loved to draw ... And once, there was an eraser ... who loved to erase! But Pencil wasn't very happy about it."

Pencil prefers to work alone, but Eraser keeps adding his own touches to Pencil's drawings. Finally, Pencil feels a creative spark and decides that he and Eraser make the perfect artistic team. This story reminded me of Perf
Pencil loves to draw. Eraser loves to erase. When Eraser tries to add some creative touches to Pencil's artwork, Pencil is frustrated at first. Can these two polar opposites learn to set their differences aside and work together? This cute story of overcoming differences treads familiar ground (You know just from the cover how the story will go) and the conflict is resolved a little too neatly. That aside, it's still a fun book overall. The characters are cute and expressive, their contrasting p ...more
Pencil and Eraser weren't always together, but this picture book explains how they came to be a pair and joined at the tip. Using illustrations created with pencil, eraser, Photoshop ad a Wacom Cintiq, the picture book shows the elaborate and detailed drawings crafted by Pencil. They fill each page. That is, they fill the pages until Eraser comes along and modifies them slightly, adding white space to the various scenes, including a cityscape and a meadow. Pencil is not happy about the subtracti ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
How does a picture book explore the concept and value of negative space? By talking about and illustrating a battle between a pencil (who draws) and an irrepressible eraser (who makes the pencil's pictures different by erasing parts: making a space for a sky, or making stars, or even changing a stormy sea into calm waters). This could even be part of an "oddball friendship" theme, or finding value in others who are very different than you are. This concludes with the addition of other creative t ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Pencil loves to draw and he doesn't need anyone to collaborate with, thank you very much. Eraser loves creating negative space (in the most positive way possible). At first, it seems the two supplies will never get along, but then eraser does something "a-maze-ing" to open pencil's eyes to a new way of seeing. Will any other art supplies join in the fun? This is a cute story with an important message about flexibility. It starts out strong, but deflates a bit in the middle when the problem is so ...more
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