A Giant Pencil

Connor Wilson
Magic Dreams Publishing (2012)
ISBN 9781937148126

Reviewed by Marten Weldon (age 7) for Reader Views (1/ 13)

“A Giant Pencil” by Connor Wilson was the story of Billy who was one of the youngest kids in a big family.  Billy felt like everyone – his brothers and sisters, his parents, kids at school, his teacher -  fussed about him and picked on him.  He found a giant pencil.  It was even bigger than Billy.  After school when Billy went back home and Biscuit came running over barking at him, Billy had a good but evil thought.  He turned the pencil around and with the eraser side of the giant pencil he started to erase Biscuit.  Then, the barking stopped.  When he was back at home, his sister Claire told Billy to put away his bike.  Billy smiled and held the eraser toward her and erased her.  And then he decided to watch TV and a brother was sitting in a chair watching TV and wouldn’t let Billy watch his favorite show…..so Billy erased him.  In a short time, Billy had erased all his family members; even his mom and dad were erased.

That night Billy didn’t sleep very well.  All the shadows looked scary and he heard lots of creepy sounds because he was alone in the house.  He went to school and erased everybody and even the school (but he did leave the playground because he thought that it would be fun to play on since there wouldn’t be any kids picking on him or teachers yelling at him).

But the playground wasn’t any fun without his sister.  Actually, he was pretty lonely and not having much was fun.  He finally started to cry.  But luckily he realized the pencil had another end.  You will have to read the book to find out what he did with it.

“A Giant Pencil” by Connor Wilson was a really good book.  I recommend it to kids who are picked on or who are the youngest in their family. It was a very interesting story.  It is hard to believe it was written by a nine-year-old!

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