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Arabella and the Magic Pencil

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Arabella is a beloved only child who has everything a little girl could want. That is, until her brother, Avery, the master of mayhem, comes along. While she certainly loves him, she finds that it’s sometimes very hard to like him. So she spends her days creating marvelous, magnificent things with her magic pencil, and trying to ignore him. But when he spoils her perfectly ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by EK Books
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Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars

She was the only child of a duke and duchess who doted on their delightful daughter
Beloved Arabella is used to having things her way - not in a mean or bratty way - just her way.

She's always been the apple of her parents eye and she loves being their only child.

Except... Avery came along.
Arabella loved Avery, of course, but sometimes it was very difficult to like him. He was a master of mayhem.
And he ruins everything - crying and whining and tantruming.
When the
Sweet, imaginative, delightfully illustrated - Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a very special book for the special child in your life. Author Stephanie M. Ward has created a magical story about the little girl who was an only child until her baby brother Avery arrived. Then, this little girl who'd always had her own way; been the apple of her parent's eyes, no longer had their sole attention. What was she to do? Could she put things back to the way they were before Avery arrived?

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Whispering Stories
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Arabella was the only child of the Duke and Duchess, she was used to being spoilt and getting everything she wanted. By Royal Decree, Arabella was allowed one wish every year. However, Arabella never wished for a sibling, especially not a baby brother.

Her brother Avery was loud and ruined her games. That year Arabella wished for a magic pencil that would bring to life everything that she drew. But when her brother ruins her tea party Arabella uses the pe
Veronica ⭐️
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, childrens

“There once was a girl named Arabella”

We loved how the story started like a fairytale. A simple statement that sets the scene!

Arabella was the only child of the Duke and Duchess. She was granted a royal wish every year.
Arabella’s wishes were for imaginative things, wishes a child could relate to, like a pink dog.

Arabella didn’t wish for a little brother but that’s what she got. She loved Avery but he made lots of noise and ruined all her games until one day Arabella got so annoyed she made him d
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward tells the story of a young princess who has everything a little girl could wish for. Each year she granted one wish by Royal decree. I should stop at this point and tell you that Princess Sophia loves everything about the story thus far. The illustrations by Shaney Hyde are in soft water colors and Sophia loves the palace, Arabella’s dresses and the gardens.

Arabella however is not impressed by the newest arrival to the palace. A brother with a r
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Wow, my kids really understood and appreciated this story! Siblings are a wonderful thing, but sometimes they aren’t…Arabella shows us how frustrating siblings can be, but does that mean we don’t really want them around?

Arabella is a special girl with parents that love her. She also gets one wish granted each year. This year, she wishes for a magic pencil that will make anything that she draws come to life. She creates so many beautiful things with her imagination and her pencil. Then, her new b
Monique Fields
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost every big sister has wanted to erase her little brother. (I know I did.) Arabella, though, has a magic pencil. She recognizes her mistake, draws her little brother, and then draws a friend for him to play with. Love how the pictures lose all of their vibrancy when the little brother goes away. It's a nice, subtle way to teach children all about change. ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This book is perfect for anyone that has a child and is expecting another or recently had another child. Or really for any family with siblings.  I was the oldest of five, so I remember not wanting younger siblings especially my youngest sister that born close to my birthday.  Thankfully, that was just when I was younger and I have the best relationship with all of my siblings.

Arabella is an only child and you might say she is a bit spoiled.  That is until her new brother, Avery, comes along.  S
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is an absolutely enchanting little tale, perfect to read to young children who are or who are about to become big brothers or sisters. Arabella loves being an only child, but when her brother comes, she loves him too. But she doesn’t always like what he does. What does Arabella do when her brother interferes in her Magic tea party? And how does she remedy her mistake? Read this wonderful little book and find out!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming story of sibling rivalry.
I thoroughly enjoyed the creativity of the main character, Arabella. I'd love a magic pencil too, one that could draw (and erase) whatever I wanted.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ths is such a lovely picture book and one which I’m sure all children would love! ‘Arabella and the Magic Pencil’ in hardback is a good size, a little wider than an A4 piece of paper, and square, and is filled with thick glossy pages of some really beautiful illustrations and text. Arabella is the only child of a Duke and Duchess, and every year she receives a new gift from her doting parents. She loves every gift she gets, but one day, something arrives that Arabella wasn’t expecting, a baby br ...more
Tonja Drecker
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a fairy tale touch, this adorable tale weaves dreams and magic around sibling dynamics.

Arabella is to be the future duchess, and as such receives whatever she wishes for her birthday. Over the years, her wishes of been big and small. But this time, she has something special planned. The moment she has the magical pencil in hand, a wonderful world opens up to her. Everything she draws becomes whimsical reality. When she creates an especially wonderful scene, the master of mayhem, her little
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely enchanting.

Arabella and the Magic Pencil tells the tale of a princess granted a wish every now and then. The canny main character realises she can effectively wish for more wishes by asking for a magic pencil that can create (or erase) anything she can imagine.

Things get complicated when, after a round of arty wish-fulfilment, Arabella has a momentary flash of annoyance at her disruptive little brother. Turning the magic pencil around, she rubs him out of existence...

Danielle Dufayet
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a delightful book full of princess magic, whimsy and fantasy all wrapped up in beautiful illustrations and bountiful alliteration! But, the real message is as down to earth as ever and one that many children will relate to when that first new baby comes into the picture. I was that child and I know my older brother would have loved to erase me just like Arabella erases her younger brother, Avery. And why wouldn’t a child feel that way at times? Let’s face it, new ...more
Steven Gosling
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book as a present for my God daughter’s birthday, and she loved it. She has since read it over several times.

Arabella, the only child of a Duke and Duchess was used to getting everything she wished for, including a magic pencil. That is until she got a baby brother. Although she loved him, he was often a nuisance as siblings are. Any child who has brothers or sisters will understand that.

When out of frustration she wishes him away, she immediately regrets it and has to make a big e
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I received a request to read this beautiful picture book of ‘Arabella and the Magic Pencil’ I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Not only was this book the first picture book I got send since starting Maureen’s Books, but it was also the first book I got to review with my little girl sitting next to me. And that made this book special for multiple reasons.

‘Arabella and the Magic Pencil’ is the story of Arabella. Arabella is the daughter of a duke and duchess and she’s living in a beautiful home
Allison Renner
Thanks to @kidlitexchange and EK Books for Kids for sharing Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward and Shaney Hyde. All opinions are my own.

It’s always tough to welcome a new sibling into the family, and unique book addresses the changes in a creative way. Arabella is used to being the center of her parents’ world, and gets one wish every year. She wishes for wonderful things, but not once does she wish for a little brother.

She gets one anyway. And he’s loud, and messes with Arabella’s
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
“Arabella and the Magic Pencil” by Stephanie Ward and Shaney Hyde is a magical take on sibling troubles. Arabella is granted one wish every year and she wishes for amazing things! After her little brother is born, she wishes for a magic pencil. Anything she draws becomes real and one day she creates fantastic tea party, but her brother ruins all the fun. In a fit of frustration, Arabella erases her brother! With her brother gone, she realizes that she really misses him and sets about to draw him ...more
Meera Sriram
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was a delightful read! I particularly loved the often alliterative and whimsical language that added to the magical and fantastical attributes of the story. Little Arabella is granted a wish every year, but when she misuses a wish to get rid of her annoying brother, there's hurt and regret. But not too long. The illustrations had so much softness and grace, and also as much movement as the words did. Overall, a great story with an attractive setting and relatable conflict and experien ...more
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to kidlitexchange for a free review copy!

This book is so cute! It is great for young artists with big imaginations! It is also perfect for families with new siblings!!! Would you want to erase your little brother!! Arabella learns that the hard way!

The idea of a magic pencil is great!! We had big discussions on what we would want to come to life from our drawing!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arabella is granted a wish every year, but she did not wish for a little brother. Avery can be so annoying! When he interferes with her imaginative garden tea party, that's the last straw. Arabella uses her magic pencil in a way she comes to regret. This is a sweet fairy tale, illustrated in alluring watercolors, about sibling love, redemption, and using our talents for good. ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward, is a 32-page children’s illustrated story about a girl and how having a new brother in her life suddenly complicates everything, and not in a good way. Avery wants to be part of the family and have his fun too, but it tends to get in Arabella’s way. The magic of the story adds a consequence that really throws the story on its ear.

This is truly a delightful tale, but coupled with the magnificent artwork, it is a clear winner. Shaney Hyde’s illus
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a good book for younger readers by Stephanie M Ward. I thought it was such a cute story that would captivate little ones from start to finish. They will be entertained while learning some very important and valuable lessons.

I enjoyed the illustrations in Arabella and Magic Pencil. Shaney Hyde’s talent shines through in her fun pictures. They visually fit the story perfectly. I loved the colorful pictures and I know it will capture the attention of little ones.

I a
Sharon Giltrow
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a story that all first born children can relate to. Life for Arabella was magically, she received everything she wished for and even something she didn't - a little brother. Avery was annoying, loud, a master of mayhem so Arabella made a decision that she later regretted and had to rectify. Stephanie M. Ward's lyrical language paired with whimsical illustrations make this book a delight to read. ...more
Dimity Powell
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Gorgeous, whimsical and magic tale of becoming a new and loving sister. It's not easy as Arabella is about to discover. See full review at DIM'S re VIEWS - Dim's Write Stuff blog. ...more
Rachel Knuttel
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

This one made me chuckle! A girl with a magic pencil erases her brother and then -to her great shock- regrets it! A fun sibling love story.
Evelyn Bookless
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a beautiful, magical tale of sibling rivalry and creativity. The illustrations are whimsical and fun. My son and I were thoroughly absorbed in Arabella's adventure and the sweet ending made for a satisfying and heart-warming finale. Highly recommended. ...more
Debra Tidball
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Arabella and the Magic Pencil,' is a magical, effervescent story with luscious language, whimsical illustrations and a strong emotional resonance that will surprise and delight young readers, and will especially appeal to older siblings. It's a must! ...more
Joel Chalmers
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The one thing Arabella didn't wish for wreaks havoc on her playtime. Arabella must use her magic pencil to stop him. Our family enjoys the artful alliteration and playful pictures in this imaginative story.

What would you wish for if you could make one wish every year?
Prashanti Talluri
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating Colorful Story Book for Children
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a picture book about a girl who has her parents and the beautiful house all to herself, until her little brother arrives.
She resents losing the 'primary' child position in the house and his demands for constant attention. So, she plots to have him removed from her life.
The illustrations are outstanding and will engage any young child. The words in places may be a level higher for the deemed audience.
I would have liked t
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Stephanie Ward is the author of Arabella and the Magic Pencil, illustrated by Shaney Hyde, published by EK Books in September 2019. Her next picture book is due for release in 2020, but it's all under wraps at the moment so stay tuned for details!

After many years in marketing, Stephanie now spends her time writing sweet, silly and sidesplitting stories for children. Too old to blame it on youth,

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