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My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil: And Other Funny Classroom Portraits Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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The main character of this book, a little girl, grows a bit weary of her grandma's incessant questions about school. Instead of giving the same old boring answers, she decides to spice it up a bit with some unique homemade illustrations. She gathers up all sorts of supplies from around the house that exemplify the people in her life.
On each page, she answers one of her grandma's questions by describing who she will be illustrating by naming their characteristics and laying out the supplies she will be using. With a flip of a page, we see the assembled creation! We loved looking at the finished projects and noting where she used each piece. Magnifying glasses become eyeglasses, a handful of colored pencils are transformed into a wild hairstyle, and walnuts form a turtle shell.
This is the sort of book that strikes me as being incredibly clever. Kids can learn how to apply descriptive adjectives - happy as a balloon, graceful as a ballet slipper, etc, to the people in their own lives. Plus, there is a great use of color, so the outcome is a really happy, imaginative type of book. We loved it!
But when the author's previous book was "My Dog is as Smelly as Socks" - we knew to expect good things. Hanoch Piven has received countless portraits from classrooms all over the world that have been inspired by his collage portraits. His artwork has appeared in the New York times, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fun book, and I loved the real word items in the illustrations!Published 3 months ago by mbglazener
Bought it for my 10-year-old granddaughter, but it's written for a younger audience. Still used it to expose her to figurative language.Published 8 months ago by Retired and Happy!
I ordered two of Hanoch Piven's art books after I saw an exhibit of his work. Fair price and fast delivery from Amazon! Wonderful illustrations with found objects and collage.Published 23 months ago by Leah A.
Fun for kids to see all the ways the author takes objects and makes the characters' personalities into their look. Very creative!Published 24 months ago by ANT
Kids love this book! Use it to teach similes or inspire kids to do their own collage art - of themselves, someone they know, or a character from another book.Published on May 11, 2014 by Cheryl Kremer
Great for teaching similes! My class enjoyed it. Illustrations were perfect.
Will use year after year. Happy with purchase. Get it.