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The Little Red Pen Hardcover – April 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015206432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152064327
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A rollicking read-aloud, this is a book that begs to be turned into a class play, readers theater, or puppet show."—The Horn Book

"Stevens's enchanting, well-imagined, dimensional cartoon-style drawings of the office-supply characters imbue each one with a distinct personality to match their dialogic voices....This book is recommended for any classroom and should find a home in most libraries."—School Library Journal

"Will keep kids engaged, while both words and pictures create distinct, hilarious, highly animated characters from everyday objects."—Booklist

"The authors work in lots of clever wordplay that will appeal to adult readers....Stevens’ delightfully expressive desk supplies were created with paint, ink and plenty of real school supplies. Without a doubt, she has captured their true personalities."—Kirkus Reviews


 

About the Author

Sister team Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel are the co-authors of many acclaimed picture books, including the popular Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!, The Great Fuzz Frenzy, and the recent Help Me, Mr. Mutt, winner of the 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Janet lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Susan lives in Fort Worth, Texas. You can visit them on the web at www.janetstevens.com and www.susanstevenscrummel.com

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I am an elementary school librarian and I have read this book to my K-2 grade classes.
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Great book for children as well as adults!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Pen is one of the most entertaining books I've read with my kindergartner all year. It is imaginative, fun, and pure whimsy. The red pen in this story is really not so little, and is a hard worker, always on task, and this proves kind of annoying to the other office supplies occupying the classroom. The little red pen is adamant that everyone get on board and help grade the papers left behind on the teacher's desk. Alas, the little red pen has an accident and ends up in the ...PIT (wastebasket)! Will the others rally around to help or will the red pen be forever doomed?

The story moves along at a frenetic pace. My kindergartner enjoyed reading this story with me, relishing the parts where she could do voice-overs for the various characters - the stapler, the paper clips, the eraser, the feisty Spanish-speaking pushpin, and many more. As we were reading this delightful tale, I kept thinking this would make a great animated short! Pure fun and entertainment, this is the kind of story that will have children begging for repeated readings!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What I liked about the book: I loved the illustrations. Stevens has done an excellent job giving life and animation to all the office supplies. I liked that there is a moral to the story - working together can get things accomplished. I also loved the humor. It is an excellent gift for educators.

What I didn't like: As I said, I'm not sure young readers will get the humor. But to be fair, even though I spend a great deal of time will elementary students, I am from time to time surprised by what they find funny. I will withold final judgment until I have a chance to share this with my students. I do recommend that you share the original story of the Little Red Hen with young readers before sharing this story.

Recommended for: Amazon lists the reading level at ages 4-8. I would certainly recommend it for adults, but I'll have to test it out with my students before I'm comfortable making a recommendation for students.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 3 of 5 (based on illustrations alone, I would have given it a 5. Janet Stevens is an incredibly talented artist.)
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Children had a great time comparing this to The Little Red Hen and Chicken Little. They did a comparison and contrast paper and then drew their favorite characters. Great read-aloud!
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By momdoc on February 10, 2014
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really cute story especially if you have a kid who is obsessed with their grades and the red marks their teachers make to correct their mistakes.
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By Melissa Shirk on January 9, 2014
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Great book to use when teaching personification. My third graders really enjoyed it. Fun dialogue and attractive illustrations to accompany the text.
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By Gary S. Sher on November 2, 2013
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Absolutely love the author and artist. They are daughters of a local friend. I have bought many of their other books for children's gifts.
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My husband and I keep seeing different things in this story even though we have read it to our son 40+ times. We had it checked out from the library, but had to buy our son his own copy. He loves this book. This will be our go to kids' birthday gift.
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I taught kindergarten at an after school program for 2 years and was given this book by a parent who worked in the publishing industry. My kids immediately loved it! It's silly and fast paced, and the illustrations are wonderful. I let my class vote on which books to read during story time and we read this at least twice a week for almost the entire year. Shockingly, even I wasn't sick of it. It's a great book for parents/teachers who like to do voices, lots of characters without a ton of narration. I recently added this to my own baby registry, knowing our son will love this book for years!
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