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The Little Red Pen Hardcover – April 18, 2011

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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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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; 1 edition (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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER 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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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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I bought this to read out loud to my son's second-grade class, and it was perfect for that. Although the reading level might be a bit below that, the theme (grading papers, so it's really something a kid would need to be in school to understand) and the ability to do character voices make it a fun book to perform. And the illustrations are great.
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It definitely served my purpose of using it to illustrate the concept of Anthropomorphism and having groups of children create their own. I left the book at the school for the first group did not have time for me to finish. Kids enjoyed the story.
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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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Fantastic book. I subbed in the library this week and read their copy to three classes. They all LOVED it. Must have for any teacher doing a folktale unit or comparing with The Little Red Hen. The kids got it, 100%.
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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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This book is for those who have cats, or dogs, or children or grandchildren, or some combination of those. My husband and I have 2 cats, and we have learned to live with the imperial prerogatives of cats. I had a very large dog for many years, and he wouldn't have stood a chance with these critters.
The book is funny, sometimes screamingly funny, for adults and children alike, and the illustrations bring the mayhem to life.
If you have, or are, a cat, you'll recognize yourself in this book; and if you are, or have, a dog, you will learn when it's time to run for cover. In either case, you'll laugh, and whoever is with you will laugh as well.
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