MY BEST FRIEND IS AS SHARP AS A PENCIL by Hanoch Piven

MY BEST FRIEND IS AS SHARP AS A PENCIL

And Other Funny Classroom Portraits
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

An exuberant and intriguing way to answer Grandma’s questions about school. The young girl narrator starts with her teacher, whose voice is “as sweet as candy (except when she is very excited)” and who smells “lovely as flowers.” These and other attributes of the teacher are illustrated with found objects: blue flower-shaped buttons, plastic letters, a piece of hard candy in a red wrapper. On the next page, against a bright, fuchsia background, there is a portrait of the teacher: Her face is a chalkboard, her mouth is that piece of candy, her hair is the jumble of letters and so on. The girl’s best friend has a sharpened-pencil mouth and a plastic microscope for a nose. Each figure—including the librarian, the art teacher and Sofia, “the wildest girl in my class”—is created on a matte gouache background with body and features made of collaged photographic images of these familiar objects. Great, inventive fun. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 11th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85338-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2010




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