“There once was a girl named Arabella”
We loved how the story started like a fairytale. A simple statement that sets the scene!
Arabella was the only child of the Duke and Duchess. She was granted a royal wish every year.
Arabella’s wishes were for fanciful things, wishes a child could relate to; like a pink dog
Arabella 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.
But life was too quiet, too calm and Arabella was sad. How can she get Avery back?
Anyone 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.
Stephanie 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 dynamics.
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. Alliteration is used at times to give a fun rhythm to the story; Dainty dolls dines, Pretty princesses paraded.
The 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 and imagination.
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: EK Books (1 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925820017
- ISBN-13: 978-1925820010
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.1 x 26.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)