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The Eraserheads Hardcover – April 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—What a boy imagines while drawing is chronicled through a dialogue with an owl, a pig, and a crocodile, eraser creatures that live atop his colored pencils. The owl is good with words and backward letters. The pig erases everything except animals drawn larger than him. The crocodile is in charge of numbers. When the boy runs out of room after drawing a landscape, the crocodile goes too far, erasing and erasing until the trio lands in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly a wave sweeps the fearful friends onto a desert island, and they are chased by wild animals. The boy crumples and abandons his work, leaving the eraserheads stuck unless they can figure a way to inspire him to persevere and transform the scene into something else. Kulikov, a master of mixed-media illustrations, effectively uses two contrasting tones to create distinct, but juxtaposed worlds: the boy and his eraserheads are layered and densely rendered, while the child's artwork and the background images are lightly sketched and hatched with a watercolor base. This complex tale will intrigue those adventurers ready for a Jumanji-like experience of jumping into the arduous but rewarding creative process of persevering through mistakes.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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The creators of Max’s Words (2006) and Max’s Dragon (2008) collaborate again in this picture-book fantasy that begins in a very mundane, everyday setting: at a desk where a boy struggles with his homework. Three expressive, animal-shaped erasers help by rubbing out mistakes: a crocodile, who is “good with numbers”; an owl, who likes letters and words; and a pig with a big appetite, who will erase “just about anything.” The wild adventures begin when the boy ditches his lessons and begins to draw, and the erasers find themselves whisked perilously through each imagined world. They’re nearly drowned by a tidal wave from a beach scene and chased by wild animals until the crocodile, with some strategic erasing, sends a message to the boy, who sketches a boat and floats the gang safely in a calm sea. Banks folds reassuring messages about mistakes into this inventively illustrated title that, like David Wiesner’s Three Pigs (2001) and Mordicai Gerstein’s A Book (2009), plays with conventional story borders and may inspire kids to sail off on their own imagined escapades. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a lot of fun for any young kiddo who ever sat a desk and struggled with his math or couldn't get all of those spelling words to turn out right. A fabulous read aloud for early elementary, it's all about these great little erasers who specialize in mistakes. All is going along as it should until one day they run out of paper in the child's drawing and get lost, unable to return. The boy in the story must draw them a way out, and on the way our eraser friends encounter drawn jungle animals and the ultimate obstacle - a crumpled paper! I like how this book reinforces creativity and shows that no mistake is too big to be handled by The Eraserheads! This book has a great lesson to be learned. As our friends Owl, Pig, and Crocodile say: "Hooray for mistakes", "There'd be nothing to learn", and "What fun would that be?"

A solid recommend, especially for K-3!
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Format: Hardcover
Three cute eraserheads, a pig, a crocodile, and an owl, determinedly erase all the mistakes a little boy makes when writing, figuring arithmetic problems and drawing pictures. There is an absolutely cute picture of the three erasers at the top of one double spread where a drawing of the seashore is emerging on the page. When the boy draws a road that leads away from the beach, the eraserheads decide to follow it, only the boy drawing the road runs out of space on the page. To free up space, the helpful eraserheads erase the road leading to their location, and all of a sudden they realize they are stuck. A wave cascades them into an exciting adventure on a desert island before they eventually arrive back home. The mixed media illustrations are colorful and lively, with a sweet contrast between the little boy's imagined drawings, and the polished artist's work. Read this delightfully amusing book about some endearing characters and a topic that is fresh and clever.
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By Azmommy on May 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Loved this book. I just read it with my 6 year old who gets so upset when we make him erase and "do it again". I think he understood that we all make mistakes and its NO big deal.
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