Almost everyone has a best friend, but the truly lucky among us find a best pen.
Stewart and his best pen, Craig, met at camp last summer and became inseparable. It all started with a few letters home and grew into a friendship full of drawing, sword fights, fake mustaches, and even ransom notes (don’t worry, his sister’s doll makes it back in time for tea). But everyone who has a favorite pen knows that sometimes it gets lost and you can’t replace it with just anything. Dad’s pencil just won’t do, and the police lost-and-found proves to be zero help. Stewart looks everywhere for his best pen and can’t find it anywhere. It’s pen-demonium, if you will. Ultimately, Stewart ends up finding Craig in the most unlikely of places, bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion. The cartoon illustrations are surprisingly funny, depicting Craig as a cheap ballpoint with googly eyes atop an expressive face, arms, and a limber body. He’s not the only anthropomorphic writing tool in the book; Edwards’ world is full of them—a pen and pencil slump dejectedly next to their kids in detention, for instance. Kids will love seeing the shenanigans that Stewart and Craig get into as well as reading their humorous letters. Stewart and his family have beige skin; he and his dad both have straight, black hair.
A cute ode to the written word and the joy of having a favorite pen and pal. (Picture book. 6-8)