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Chalk [Kindle Edition]

Bill Thomson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.


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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 4—This stunningly illustrated wordless picture book tells the story of three children who find a bag of magical chalk at the playground on a rainy day. Their drawings come to life, which seems great when a drawing of the sun stops the rain, but is scary when a dinosaur stalks them. A drawing of a rain cloud inside a play tube brings the rain back and dissolves the frightening creature. This imaginative story is the perfect showcase for Thomson's extraordinary pictures. Though they look like photos or computer-generated images, each one is actually composed using traditional techniques with acrylics and colored pencils. The artist's clever use of light, perspective, and expression, along with the protagonists' neat solution to their dilemma, creates a completely satisfying experience. Thomson is a master at visual storytelling.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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With eye-catching, realistic illustrations, clever details, and some dramatic suspense, this wordless picture book offers a fresh take on the drawings-come-to-life theme. One rainy day, three raincoat-clad children head to the playground and find a bag of chalk. When one girl draws a sun, something amazing happens: clouds break and a sunny blue sky appears. The second kid draws butterflies, which also appear. But when a boy draws a dinosaur, things get almost too exciting. Luckily, a solution is close at hand. Vibrant acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations, rendered with intricate precision, nearly leap off the page, as the expressive, diverse trio experiences magical, exhilarating moments that highlight how familiar materials and settings can inspire rewarding adventures. Varying perspectives, from vistas to close-ups, enhance the drama. A few scenarios, such as those featuring a giant, looming, spiky-toothed T. rex, may be too intense for the youngest children, but many kids will enjoy this testament to the power of creativity and imagination. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 7148 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1st edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P3J4QU
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chalk up another homerun from Bill Thomson June 26, 2010
By Bada
Format:Hardcover
I'll admit that my family is made up of Bill Thomson groupies. My kids and I loved his three earlier books, which redefined what a children's illustration can be. My wife constantly pesters our local librarians to add his books with claims that he is the most talented illustrator never to win a Caldecott. Not yet, anyway.
In Chalk, a story about the mischief children can get into with magical chalk, Thomson ups his game. Clearly, the story line is better than past books, even without words. There is a lot of action, a narrative flow, and an open invitation for the readers to supply their words and interpretations. The guarded look back by the boy in yellow on the last page is priceless.
The illustrations too are different, although still extraordinarily detailed. There is a brighter palette with some striking colors. The insert drawings on a number of pages that remind one of the technique Jan Brett uses in The Mitten. The dinosaur playground ride is especially interesting. While everything else in the book is photo-realistic, the ride looks more like the computer generated images in Toy Story, an interesting contrast.
This book would be a great gift for any child ages 3-8.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The rain was coming down steadily as three children approached the dinosaur rider at the playground. There was a small shopping bag decorated with stars and moons hanging from its jaws. They took the bag and peeked inside only to find several pieces of colorful chalk. One of the little girls knelt down on the ground and began to drawn a picture of the sun. The raindrops suddenly disappeared as the drawing came to life and the sun began to shine. The children shielded their eyes from its brilliant rays. Smiles began to be seen on their faces as the sun rose high in the sky and smiled down on them.

One of the little girls removed her rain gear, took a piece of chalk from the bag and began to draw butterflies. Soon the air was full of monarchs as they emerged from their lined drawings on the ground. The children waved their arms in delight as the magical butterflies filled the air. The boy pulled a green piece of chalk from the back. He drew with an impish grin on his face because he was drawing a dino. All of a sudden his dino became a Tyrannosaurus rex. The children began to scream with fright and ran for shelter. How were they going to get out of this chalk dilemma they had created?

This wordless story about the magical chalk and the things three children created will amaze the reader. Although the story is wordless, the marvelously animated illustrations speak volumes. Each child who "reads" this book can create their own story, much like the create your own adventure stories for the older readers. The words will be different each time, but even the youngest children will enjoy their own creations, much like the children in this story. This is a fun, adventuresome book that will encourage creativity without having to give thought to mispronounced words or difficulty in reading a passage, because every rendition of this story will be perfect!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for any language January 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We checked this out from the library more than a few times--my kids, then 2 and 5 years, love it. I am buying this as a birthday gift for a cousin's 3 year old son who she has chosen to speak to exclusively in Spanish. Because of the language barrier I don't speak with the cutie patootie often and I was scared to buy a Spanish book as I am not fluent myself and therefore cannot vouch for a translated version of an English book I love. This book removed the language barrier. I know that she and he can discuss this book at length in whatever language they choose and they will enjoy it as much as me and my kids enjoyed it. The illustrations are breathtakingly real and the concept is so clever that I feel this is an excellent addition to anyone's collection. It is absolutely gift worthy, but more importantly, this book would work for anyone in any language. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Our favorite wordless picture book is Chalk, by Bill Thomson. We chose Chalk for many reasons.

First, we chose Chalk because it was magical. For example, when any of the characters drew something it appeared and came alive (like the sun, the butterflies, and the dinosaur). Also when they drew the rain, the dinosaur melted away, and then a few seconds later the dinosaur vanished and never came back alive.

Another reason we chose Chalk is because the author used hand painting to illustrate the book, and it was not computer generated. The book had beautiful pictures that were well designed with lots of colors and a ton of detail. In addition, the author chose to use colors instead of black, and white. The illustrations were neatly colored, and they were shiny and unique.

The last reason is because the author chose to bring imagination alive by using chalk. They used a dinosaur and dinosaurs are extinct. They used monarch butterflies and rain to get the dinosaur to vanish. This book made our imagination more special. This book is really epic and stupendous. Most of all Chalk made our imagination even bigger. If we didn't read Chalk, our imagination would go down.

Finally, we had a great time looking at this wordless picture book. We enjoyed it so much that everyone voted for Chalk. Our minds exploded when the dinosaur came alive. If you like books with magic, realistic, detailed illustrations, and exquisite imagination then this book will blow your top off.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the imagination.
For a book with no words, this is a great book! I love how my kids like to tell the story just by looking at the pictures.
Published 15 days ago by Randa Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wordless book for 'Read the Pictures' strategy
I used this wordless book as a model for my kindergarteners of how to 'read the pictures'. Since many books they're interested in are beyond their ability to read the words this... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rachel Gnage
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
My first thought is- How could anyone rate this book less than five stars!?!

I work as a preschool teacher and recently brought this book to our circle time for my group... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Cammieneko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Pictures are beautifully drawn and the fact that there are no words means my children tell a new story every time.
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool
I purchased this book to use with my ELA students. I have used it on many different grade levels. I have used it to teach sequence, details, creative writing, details,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dianed
5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures only
This is an amazing book with vivid pictures that tell the story. It's great for letting kids tell the story to you as there is no written text.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Archuleta
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Chalk
When three children come to the park in their rain clothes, they find a bag of chalk in the mouth of the dinosaur sculpture. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Chappell
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous drawings
My only complaint is that this book could have been twice as long (for me) and I wish it wasn't quite so "scary" at the end.
Published 2 months ago by Anne Laurie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine That!
The pictures are awesome in this book. The details make the characters look so real. It is amazing how Bill Thomson captures the emotions of the characters and encourages children... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
As a former librarian, and a real fan of children's books, I'm always interested to hear of authors/illustrators of wordless picture books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Purlhawk
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More About the Author

Bill Thomson was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1963. He currently lives in Southington, Connecticut with his wife, Diann, and their three sons, Billy, Nik, and Ethan. Bill illustrated the picture books, Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour, and Soccer Hour; and he also created the wordless books, CHALK and FOSSIL (fall 2013). Bill teaches at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford where he is a Professor of Illustration.

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