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The Obstinate Pen Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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“...a surefire readaloud selection…” ―BCCB

“In the hands of any person even remotely not to the pen's liking, it will write only such words as it wishes. These, to the delight of the reader, tend to be both comically candid and scathingly insulting.” ―Wall Street Journal

“In telling the clever story of a pen with a mind of its own, Dormer bridges the gap between youthful precocity and adult sophistication, and makes a very good point about artistic inspiration along the way.” ―New York Times

“Children will enjoy the warm humor and silly-but-smart writing in this book...” ―School Library Journal

“A book as much fun to engage as it is simply to follow.” ―Kirkus

“...in this congenial company [the obstinate pen] finds its true purpose in life.” ―Horn Book, starred

“Dormer's hilarious, spot-on watercolor-and-ink illustrations make a monsterful hit with Socksquatch.” ―School Library Journal on Socksquatch

“The writing debut of illustrator Dormer has plenty of comic sensibility to go along with his signature scratchy line-and-watercolor illustrations. . . . While youngsters will definitely enjoy listening to this one in a crowd, don't be surprised if they borrow it afterwards to reenact with a friend.” ―BCCB on Socksquatch

“Dormer's (Supersister) naïf cartooning and simple silliness make this the kind of book that will probably get requested again and again.” ―Publishers Weekly on Socksquatch

“All expectations fall at the feet of the monsters, and they do not disappoint.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Socksquatch

About the Author

Frank Dormer graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in illustration. He now divides his time between teaching and book illustration. He has created art for several children's books, including Socksquatch, his first book as both an author and illustrator.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie A. Baute on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you don't want to know what happens in this book, don't read this first paragraph. Otherwise known as *spoiler alert* Uncle Flood has a new pen. He is excited to use his new pen to write a story. Unfortunately, the pen has a mind of its own and instead wants to insult Uncle Flood. Of course this upsets Uncle Flood, and the pen ends up outside, right by a police officer. The police officer is happy to have the pen so that he can write a woman a ticket. The pen, on the other hand, thinks the police officer should kiss the woman. He obliges and gets rid of the pen. It ends up in the hands of Mrs. Norkham Pigeon-Smythe (like I could make that up!)who happens to be quite rich. She seems to sense that there is something special about the pen and is excited to use it to write her memoir. Instead of writing what she wants, about her lush life, the pen writes "Mrs. Floofy Pants has a spoon up her nose!" Most people would be upset about this. Not her. She thinks it's hilarious. After it writes some other funny notes, she puts it away somewhere no one would see it. Of course it then breaks out and is picked up by Uncle Flood's nephew, Horace. Wonder what he is going to try to write and what that obstinate pen is going to really write. Nope, he draws instead, and the pen lets him.

This story is funny, cute, and sweet. The words the pen actually writes are hilarious, and the reactions of the characters using it are pretty funny as well. Uncle Flood seemed to get what he deserved, the police officer's part was sweet, but Mrs. Norkham Pigeon-Smythe was hands down my favorite. While the ending was cute, it wasn't what I expected and seemed anti-climatic to me. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but the ending sort of fell flat for me.
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Format: Hardcover
Seriously, how could anyone NOT like a book with this title? And if you don't like it... well then, as The Pen might say, "you are a yam-headed organ grinder".
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*Spoiler Alert*

This book made me, an adult woman, cry. Let me explain. Horace's uncle likes to write, and when his shiny brand new pen arrives, he is giddy with excitement. The pen however, has different plans, and uses it's own voice in response to people's dictation. This upset some and inspired others. The obstinate pen ends up in the hands of a little boy who did not have lies to speak, or people to mock and hurt. In the hands of the boy named Horace, the obstinate pen let down its guard and helped the boy create pure beauty <3

I did hesitate to read some parts to my 5 year old daughter because the pen does speak its mind and makes fun of people's features etc. though I'm sure kids will find it silly, I don't find it appropriate to mock people's physical features.
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"The Obstinate Pen" is a whimsical story about a little pen with a mind of its own. The story follows the pen as it moves from owner to owner, mostly through er, "accidents." Each owner finds the pen won't write what he or she wills it to write. There's the bullying large man who settles down to write a story, only to find the pen refuses to cooperate, making him write rude things like "Your eyes are large like dinner plates!"

My favorite part is when the pen lands in the hands of a policeman trying to write out a ticket to a lovely young lady, and plays the role of Cupid:) Does the obstinate pen find a true home, a place with an owner that understands its needs? Read "The Obstinate Pen" to find out!
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Children, ages 4-8, will love this humorous picture book about a pen that won't behave. As each person tries to write a sentence, the pen writes a funny message of its own. The obstinate pen continues to frustrate its writers, until it finds a comfortable pair with a young boy, named Horace.
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By JP on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 6-year-old boy laughed out loud throughout this story. Yes, there is name-calling of a sort, i.e. "You have a big nose," but my boy understands that not everything in books is actually appropriate to say in reality. He enjoyed the silliness.
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Frank W. Dormer, <strong>The Obstinate Pen</strong> (Henry Holt, 2012)

Funny, smart, sarcastic book about a pen that knows its own mind and isn't afraid to say it. Every time someone picks up the pen and tries to write with it, the pen says something different, causing varying reactions in the story's characters. I would have liked to see this one a little longer; it suffered from the current strictures on books written for the pre-literary set (which seem to consist of "make it short", "make it shorter", and "make it shortest"), but what's here is good stuff. *** ½
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