Pencil: A Story with a Point

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Pencil: A Story with a Point

By Ann Ingalls
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Picture Book for Children Ages 5–8
ISBN: 978-1-77278-047-5 (HC)
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 10.6875 x 8.75 inches / 27.15 x 22.23 cm
Pages: 32

Publication Date: February 15, 2019

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

In a digital world, a perfectly punny celebration of imagination and hands-on creativity

Pencil and his boy Jackson are a great pair: they draw, they sketch, they scribble. But then Jackson gets Tablet and Pencil finds himself dumped in the dreaded junk drawer; he just can’t compete with Tablet’s videos, games, and movies. How will Pencil ever reclaim Jackson’s attention? With the help of some new pun-loving junk-drawer friends (and a drooling, pencil-chomping dog), Pencil sketches out a plan to draw Jackson back into their friendship.

A former educator whose first book was shortlisted for a Crystal Kite award, author Ann Ingalls uses kid-friendly puns and an upbeat tone in this story that celebrates friendship, collaboration, and unplugged fun. Buoyed by award-winning artist Dean Griffith’s always-exuberant illustrations, Pencil: A Story with a Point is a gentle reminder that technology is no match for imagination.


“Veteran author Ann Ingalls has produced a book with…much lighthearted play with language that will delight younger readers just learning about verbal humour as well as teachers who could use this book as a lesson on the pun as literary device….[Dean Griffiths] has filled the pages of Pencil with familiar objects which are candy-colourful and plastic in their contours, as well as expressive images of the two dark-eyed, dark-haired children…”—CM Magazine