- Unknown Binding: 40 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic (2011)
- ASIN: 0545399823
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chalk Unknown Binding – 2011
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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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The illustrations in Chalk are breathtakingly beautiful. I am a lover of words though so I could not completely get on board this train. It's more art than book.Published 1 month ago by Wise bird
It is one of the best picture books I've ever seen! It is a wonder book to teach young children about writing, predictions, questioning, and many other concepts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book quickly became a favorite in my kindergarten classroom! Kids were literally fighting over it when I first introduced it. We may have to get another copy! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie
As a speech therapist, I LOVE this book to elicit language samples! The pictures are beautiful and engaging, there is a defined plot with a problem and a solution that is told... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SLPWY
Fabulous, imaginative book with incredible illustrations. Two year old grandsons were mesmerized by this magical story.Published 3 months ago by Nancy B. Galindo
Nice story. Pictures are excellent and my son loved it. Stretches the imagination of kids. Would recommend this for sure.Published 4 months ago by Abhranil