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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful and fun book I plan to use in my workshop presentations on writing! And, this book was in MINT condition!Published 5 months ago by Carolyn McMahon
Original book.. My 7 and 5 year old were laughing out loud. Got this one from the library, but we will be buying!Published on October 23, 2013 by Khristine Yoon
Read it over and over and my 6 year old was still laughing.
Who knew a pen could be so likable and funny.
This is a nice story. I read it to a 3 year old and a 5 year old in a bookstore and it was fun to see the kids laugh at the pen's antics.Published on April 10, 2013 by Rankin it
This story is adorable, sweet, and wonderfully imaginative. I truly enjoyed reading it. I bought it for my 7-yr-old niece.Published on February 17, 2013 by Annie
This is the story of a pen that refuses to write the words that the person holding the pen wants him to. This makes for some pretty hilarious situations. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Melissa Sack