By: Anna Kang
Illustrated by: Christopher Weyant
Published: August 1, 2018
Publisher: Two Lions
Eraser is tired of being the clean-up crew at school. Pencil is so sharp. Cobalt is cool. Everyone loves Tape and Glue because they can make anything stick. Then Marker tells Eraser she can’t come to the science project meeting because she isn’t “creative”. Eraser tries to help and be creative but nothing seems to work. When she happens to run into her paper friends in the trash, Eraser realizes that she does create something, second chances. Meanwhile, back at the science project headquarters, all the school friends are missing someone badly. Will Eraser make it back to school in time to save the science project?
This book totally reminded me of the book THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT. It offers an amusing perspective on the tools kids use in school with a positive life-lesson to learn along with the silliness of the characters. Younger elementary students will enjoy reading this and thinking about all the tools they use to create in the classroom from glue and tape to markers and crayons to rulers and scissors. You can’t come up with a project using just one tool but instead, all the tools have to work together as a team to create the best project possible. Along with teamwork and the value of making mistakes and trying again, there are also lessons about checking our work and sharing responsibilities that are part of the message of the story.
As you can see the illustrations are so fun. Kids will love the expressions that the various tools make during situations. Who knew crayons and glue and rulers could be so cute?! This is a picture book, but due to the high-quality paper used, the book is heavier than you expect. The paper is a heavy, high glossy paper and would take a lot for a child to tear it. Even the outer cover is a heavier paper quality than I’m used to.
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Teachers and parents could use this story to introduce conversations around working together or that mistakes are ok. It would make an excellent addition to a home or lower-elementary classroom library.
Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small and its follow-ups That’s (Not) Mine and I Am (Not) Scared. Christopher’s work can be seen routinely in The New Yorker magazine and his cartoons are syndicated worldwide. As an author, Anna regularly goes through first, second, and third drafts. Chris wears down many erasers while making his art. This husband-and-wife team lives in New Jersey with their two daughters and their rescue dog. Visit them at www.annakang.com and www.christopherweyant.com.
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My mom used to say she could always tell my desk at school because I had the smallest eraser – I used it a lot. This book sounds adorable!!