Arabella and the Magic Pencil
Illustrated by Shaney Hyde
Publisher: EK Books
Publication date: 1st September 2019
RRP: $24.99 AUD
Format read: Hardcover
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
Arabella is a very happy only child living a perfectly pleasant life.
Until she gets a baby brother who utterly upsets everything!
So Arabella erases Avery with her magic pencil. Problem solved.
She's sure her life will go back to being perfect now....wont it?
A fun-filled look at sibling rivalry and creative problem-solving!
once was a girl named Arabella”
loved how the story started like a fairytale. A simple statement that sets the
was the only child of the Duke and Duchess. She was granted a royal wish every
wishes were for fanciful things, wishes a child could relate to; a pink dog
(that gave Dot a giggle). Dot’s wish was a real live unicorn.
didn’t wish for a little brother but that’s what she got. She loved Avery but
he made lots of noise and ruined all her games until one day Arabella got so
annoyed she made him disappear.
life was too quiet, too calm and Arabella was sad. How can she get Avery back?
who has ever been a sibling probably knows what it feels like to wish that
their irritating brother or sister would just vanish for a little while.
remember when Jay first arrived on the scene Dot was not at all impressed and
even drew family pictures without him in it. Luckily our young memories are
short and she doesn’t remember ever not wanting her little brother around.
Ward has produced a story that will never age. Sibling rivalry will be with us
as long as little brothers and sisters keep arriving to change the family
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a
charming story filled with magic and wonder to enhance a child’s imagination.
The story includes words to extend the child’s vocabulary and Dot was quick to
ask the meaning of ‘mayhem' and ‘acoustics’.
Alliteration is used at times to give a fun rhythm to the story; Dainty
dolls dined, Pretty princesses paraded.
watercolour illustrations are a feast for the eyes. Shaney Hyde has given the
story extra meaning through little touches in her illustrations. A royal bird
(wearing a crown) can be found on each double spread, Arabella in her tent,
headphones on, listening to music, Avery’s little blue dinosaur makes quite a
few appearances, dragonflies, ladybugs, singing flowers all displayed in
beautiful pastel colours until Avery disappears. The colour also disappears
leaving Arabella and her surroundings in a sepia tone.
Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a wondrous picture book, not only for a young girl or boy who has had a new
sibling enter their world but for any girl or boy who is enthralled by magic
had a lot of fun colouring and playing with the Arabella and Avery paper dolls.
Stephanie’s website to download the paper doll activity sheet and colouring
note: Jay stomped around the room making dinosaur noises while we read the
book. (little bothers 🤣🤣)
About the author:
Stephanie Ward is an award-winning children's author and reviewer who splits her time between London, Seattle and Sydney. She spent 15 years in public relations before deciding to dedicate herself to what she loves - writing stories for children. Stephanie has five award-winning picture book manuscripts.
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About the illustrator:
|Photo credit: EKBooks|
Shaney Hyde is an Early Childhood Teacher from Melbourne who runs art workshops for children and draws inspiration from her own playful childhood. Arabella and the Magic Pencil is the first book she has illustrated, fulfilling a long-held dream.