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When Pencil Met the Markers

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A purple marker shows his friends that being creative means sometimes coloring outside the lines in When Pencil Met the Markers, the imaginative, inspiring, and colorful follow-up to When Pencil Met Eraser from writers Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr., and illustrator German Blanco.

Meet the Markers! They love to color. But Purple Marker colors everywhere—even outsid
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Imprint (first published 2020)
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This books is about self-expression, creativity, and that there isn't necessarily a 'right way' to express yourself in art. The illustrations are cute, and it's interesting to see what the drawing with pencil & purple working together - some where the marker starts off and the pencil adds detail, and some where the marker is used to highlight/emphasize pencil illustrations. That said, I can think of other, similar books that I've seen. The humour helps this story stand out a bit, though. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The personification in this picture book is on pointe and will undoubtedly serve as a kind reminder that it is okay to "color outside of the lines". The open ending leaves a gateway for a sequel by the author's or a great writing prompt for students. ...more
Lisa D
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
In this sequel to the delightful, When Pencil Met Eraser, readers meet a box of markers that love to color. Purple especially loves to color, in and outside of the lines. This coloring outside of the lines shocks the other markers who don't find it appropriate at all. The criticism makes Purple feel blue. Purple leaves to color alone. Along comes Pencil and Eraser who encourage Purple to color without lines. After Purple colors, pencil and eraser add details, turning round shapes into a bunch of ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story about a purple marker who doesn't want to stay within the lines. Pencil meets Purple and shows how creative they can be together. The other markers decide they don't have to be as rigid and join the fun. Humorous end as the crayons are standing in the wings. ...more
Raven Black
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pencil should have stopped meeting writing tools after they meet Eraser. The whole point of the story is to "color outside the lines" and that you can't erase markers. It's cute, but the story is slow and almost feels like the book RED by Hall. Only, this time the marker is what color it says, it is just not like the other markers. The ending hints at a third book.

I read this in a reader copy. There is a lot of white space that purple did not color, therefore, I'm going to take my crayons and f
Gabrielle Stoller
Oh to struggle coloring in the lines. We have all been there. This is an excellent book to use as an example of "write" when doing Every Child Ready to Read sessions. You can use it as talking about the palmer/pincer development happens.....and how we gradually learn to color. And kiddos love markers. Heck. I love markers.

There isn't much of a plot. I do find it lacking in that regard. I mean, you could say there is a friendship between Purple and Crayon and they help each other.
Ms Bright
This was so much fun! And it's such a cute and clever concept that's perfect for children who are struggling with the challenge of colouring inside the lines themselves. On top of that, there are a bunch of more subtle lessons about working together that are written at a perfect level for younger kids.

I felt so sorry for poor Purple in the first half of the book. I loved his story arc.

And I LOVED the twist at the end.
Erin Buhr
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
This is a book sure to inspire creativity. Purple, a rather renegade marker, always colors outside the lines but the other markers do not approve. When Purple meets Pencil they discover new ways to create together. Cute, creative and sure to encourage out of the box art. This feels like an invitation to grab a marker and just see where it takes you.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, social-emotional
Uses: Teaching kids that it ok to step outside the mold and do things their own way.
Use in classroom - to talk about "mistakes" ...more
Lili Kim
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this, as well as "When Pencil Met Eraser." I hope the crayons version comes out soon :D ...more
A story about individuality and conformity.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and an excellent way to show thinking outside the box is awesome! LOVE purple!
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
This is a great way to show that creativity happens in many different forms. Lines shouldn't always hold you back. ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: level-pic-bk
if someone doesn't/can't do things they way you think it should be done, meet them where they are and figure it out ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great story about differences and ultimately acceptance. Perfect for a classroom, a gift, a child's bookshelf. ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Breaking the rules doesn’t have to always be a bad thing. This book would be a great way to introduce uniqueness and how to make lemonade out of lemons.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why must the purple marker always color within the lines? When he doesn't the other markers don't think he is cool. Pencil tries to help but everyone knows you cannot erase marker with an eraser. Purple marker finds a way to bring the other marker colors over to his way of thinking. Fun story. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute story, fun illustrations that kids will enjoy.
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