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Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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D'Anne I am assuming your question has to do with the very realistic nature of this book and that you stopped reading after you got to the pictures of the ch…moreI am assuming your question has to do with the very realistic nature of this book and that you stopped reading after you got to the pictures of the children's faces frozen in abject horror as the t-rex approaches. You're right, they do need help! I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say things end very very badly for everyone. (less)

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Jesse bowtiesandbooks
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most imaginative and visually stunning pieces of literature I have ever enjoyed
Okay I already wrote one review on my kindle and where the fiddles it went ... shrug. Here goes again.
This is a wonderful and imaginative story that truly comes from the heart of an artist! It doesn’t need words because the actions are so beautifully portrayed in these hand illustrated scenes done in acrylic and colored pencil.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Chalk by Bill Thomson is a story about three little girls out and about on a rainy day. They stumble upon a T-rex in a large paved area. The T-rex has a bag in his mouth and the children soon discover that the bag contains an assortment of colored chalk. They decide to draw pictures on the pavement and their drawn pictures begin to come alive! Each child creates their own art on the pavement until another little boy s
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys & girls who love dinosaurs and/or making art; kids who are not easily frightened
What a unique and interesting book. The art style is so different. A part of me wasn’t a fan, but I was wowed anyway. The pictures are so realistic, vivid, vibrant, colorful, and creative.

The story, told all via the pictures (this is a wordless picture book) of three children who draw things on the sidewalk with chalk, things that come to life, will be fun for many kids. The dinosaur is really scary though in some of the illustrations. I can see some very young or sensitive kids being scared of
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Chalk is wordless storytelling at its best. A trio of kids happen upon a bag of chalk left unattended in a playground. They discover that things they draw come to life. The situation gets complicated when a boy draws a T-Rex and it begins to chase them. But the chalk that got them into trouble also gets them out of it. Thomson's photorealistic artwork is all kinds of amazing - vivid, precise, at times almost eerie in its level of realism. - T ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a magical day when all the chalk drawings started coming to life.


And, it was all fun and games until somebody drew a dinosaur.


This is a great adventure featuring stunning photo-realistic artwork by the author.

Randie D. Camp, M.S.
UPDATE: My son is constantly checking this out from the library, he loves it! We like to make up our own stories about other magical chalk drawings. Such a great book!

BRILLIANT! Three kids venture to the park on a rainy day. They find a bag of chalk and unbelievable things begin to happen.

I absolutely love this book because it makes something as ordinary as chalk and transforms it into something incredible. Children have the power to do this with th
Mary Ann
A young girl asked me the other day, "But is it real?" Young kids are working hard to figure out what belongs to the world of just pretend and what belongs to the "real world". We want to help them make those distinctions, and yet ... and yet... Don't we also want to help them see the magic of our imaginations, the magic in our own real worlds? Chalk, by Bill Thomson, is an amazing wordless book that embraces and celebrates kids' imaginations in a very real way. It's one of my standout books of ...more
WOW. A masterpiece of photorealistic art, and a clever wordless story to boot. On a rainy day, three friends find a bag of sidewalk chalk. One girl draws a sun, and the sun comes out, leading them to realize that the things they draw come to life. The boy draws a dinosaur - as boys do - and the kids run screaming into a hiding place, where the boy, in a brainstorm, draws a raincloud, which dissolves the dino, and the drawings, and the kids put their raincoats on and walk home.

As storytelling goe
Jess Brown
This incredibly-illustrated wordless picture book is sure to delight! Most of the time I was reading it, my mouth was gaping open. On a rainy day, three children begin to draw with some sidewalk chalk. As they draw, their images come to life: a sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur (scary!), who eventually washes away when the clever little boy draws a rain cloud inside the playground. The children leave behind their bag of chalk, sure to be found and imagined with by another group of kids. Just an a ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A very David Wiesner-esque offering. A wordless tale where a plastic T-rex presents magic chalk to a group of children. Whatever the children draw comes to life: butterflies, the sun, and then a terrifying all-too-real T-Rex. A quick thinking child draws some rain clouds and the rain melts the dinosaur in a sort of Wicked Witch of the West type manner.
The plastic dinosaur is reminiscent of Disney's Toy Story, while the rest of the illustrations are so realistic, they seem like photographs.
An 11
Tom Franklin
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the biggest challenges for a picture book author/illustrator is to come up with a compelling story that can deeply involve the reader without using words. Think of David Wiesner's Tuesday and Flotsam -- two great stories with pictures so rich and detailed that words are truly unnecessary.

Bill Thompson brings the same level of artistic skill to Chalk. After reading it, I wanted to re-read it to get a better idea of exactly how Thompson carried off such a rich story in so few pages and wit
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Chalk by Bill Thomson (Goodreads Author)
Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day. (Goodreads Summary)

This clever, magical wordless book is wonderful! It illustrates the old saying: Be careful what you wish for. Danger is averted by a fast thinking child. As in Jumanji, one hopes the next children to try the chalk are as quick thinking as these. A contender for the Caldecott and For ages 4 - 6, and all who love great illustration and excellent wordless picturebooks.
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow, look for this to be among the Caldecott buzz next Jan. What an amazingly illustrated book!!! The pictures are so life-like and almost startling. The butterfly page was a hit in our house! The concept is similar to Floatsom and other related wordless picture books even so I still enjoy the simplistic beauty of this book. The ending reminds me of Jumanji (Sp?) "who will pick up the story next?" ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a picture book with no words telling the story of three children who find some chalk in a bag at a playground. The drawings they make with the chalk come to life (a sun, butterflies, a dinosaur). They then have to deal with the results of the drawings. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. There was absolutely no question in my mind the story the artist is trying to tell with the illustrations.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
How could I not give anything less than 5 stars?! An amazing wordless picture book that depicted a wonderful story on a rainy day at a playground. How many of us wish that something like chalk could bring our pictures to life (other than in Mary Poppins). I had a good laugh when it was the boy who chose to draw a dangerous creature. :) Loved, loved, loved this book and it will be an incredible addition to my library of read-alouds.
Karen Arendt
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I heard about this book at Peggy Sharp's workshop and had to see the whole story for myself. The detail in the illustrations is amazing! Especially the sideways look the boys has before he draws with the chalk. Three children are walking on a rainy day to the park and find a bag hanging on a dinosaur statue. They use the chalk and realize it is magic chalk. I love the ending, especially, again, the glance of the boy, this time a backwards glance! ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are incredible and tell the story without words. Bill Thomson has drawn very detailed images, without using photographs or digital trickery. This book would make a great children's gift accompanied by a set of sidewalk chalk! ...more
This delightful, magical story tells, without words, about a group of racially diverse children, about 10 years of age, who find a magical piece of chalk. Whimsical, humorous, and magical, this wordless story was engaging and delightful. The artwork told the story beautifully.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
If I were selecting the 2011 Caldecott book this would be my top selection. It is amazing. Can't wait to use it with students. ...more
Jamie Forrest
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I've never read a wordless book before! The ideas for use in the classroom are just rolling! This book is stunning! ...more
J & J
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love me a good wordless picture book!
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Wordless Picture-Books
Three children find themselves on the playground one rainy afternoon, and discovering a bag of chalk hanging from one of the rides - the dinosaur ride! - they begin to draw. To their surprise and delight, whatever they draw is magically made real: a sunny day, a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Now, on the run from their creation (well, the boy's creation, in any event), they must find a way to undo what they have done...

Chosen as one of our January selections for the Picture-Bo
really short, otherwise great wordless picture book
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: In a raining day, 3 kids find a bag in a park, and many magic chalks are in this bag. A girl use a magic chalk to draw a sun, then this sun go up to sky, and rain is stopped. The other girl draw many butterflies, and butterflies became truly to fly in the sky. Oh, no! The boy uses magic chalk to draw a dinosaur.
Opinion: I like this story because the story is about magic. The kids can use magic chalk to draw everything, the these everything will become happening. Ex: in 5th opening a gi
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with these kids who find a piece of chalk outside and this chalk is one of a kind. It has a magic touch that brings everything to life.The simple doodles and sketches that the kids draw with the sidewalk chalk becomes these vivid 3D images. My favorite page from this book was when the little girl draws some sketches of butterflies and the butterflies somewhat started to appear. On the next page, magnificent gigantic monarch butterflies began to take over the page. The image take ...more
Jimmy Reyes
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A visit to the neighborhood playground on this rainy afternoon does not deter three friends from having a good time and using their imagination with a bag of crayons they find on the Tyrannosaurus rex. With a bag of chalk in hand each child takes turns drawing on the blacktop as the bright sun and beautiful butterflies they imagine are no longer just a drawing beneath them but actual real-life images. Each picture is wonderfully crafted from various points of view and immerses the reader with th ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Chalk, a wordless picture book, by Bill Thomson is a creative and colorful selection. Thomson’s illustrations are bright and detailed images. Each page is drawn by hand using paint and colored pencils. Each detail is pronounced and the images look like photographs. The characters have realistic facial expressions that enhance the story. In the story, each drawing comes to life becoming part of an easily understood story line without the use of words.

Readers can clearly see what the characters
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 thei
I think this was fun how the chalk art came to life in this world. That said, I'm not sure I was a big fan of the illustrations. I think they were well done but I just am not a big fan of the style (I realized that I recently read another book illustrated by Thompson, Building With Dad, and wasn't wild about the illustrations there, either) and I thought the part with the dinosaur being dissolved in the rain was a bit creepy. But, I thought it was very fun and mysterious/magical how the toy/stat ...more
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Bill Thomson lives in Southington, Connecticut with his wife, Diann, and their three sons, Billy, Nik, and Ethan. Bill has illustrated Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour, and Soccer Hour, all written by Carol Nevius. Bill's also created the wordless books, CHALK, FOSSIL, and THE TYPEWRITER. Bill is a Professor of Illustration at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.


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