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My pen rides dinosaursand hides an elephant in a teacup.What can your pen do?Acclaimed author and illustrator Christopher Myers uses rich black-and-white illustrations to bring a sketchbook to life, showing that with a simple pen, a kid can do anything!...

Title : My Pen
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ISBN : 9781423103714
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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My Pen Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-02-19 17:35

    قدرت خلاقیت و تصور، فقط با یک خودکار و یک کاغذ.تصاویر سیاه و سفید هستن و جزئیات از دقت خوبی برخوردارند.روایتش ساده و کوتاهه و به تصاویر میخوره. جزو کتاب های تصویری خوبیه که میتونین برای بچه ها بخرین :)

  • Laura
    2019-02-01 22:43

    ”MY PEN TAP-DANCES ON THE SKY AND DRAWS CLOUDS WITH ITS FEET.”My Pen by Christopher Myers exhibits a world of imagination. The black and white pages hold the beauty, magic, and power of art and creativity. With a pen in hand, anything can happen. You can do anything or go anywhere. Just draw, draw, draw! Draw an elephant in a teacup. Tell the world how you feel about the world. Or show your heart to your family and friends. Love, insecurity, faith, fear, and so much more can spring to life in the lines, shapes and shades of a pen. Art is a language all its own and Mr. Myers captures that magical language and power and artistic freedom perfectly. His pen can tell a story, make mistakes, and even hide from him at times. But through it all, the wonder is endless and dazzling!”THERE ARE A MILLION PENS IN THE WORLD AND EACH ONE HAS A MILLION WORLDS INSIDE IT.SO IF YOU HAVE A PEN, SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO– LET THOSE WORLDS INSIDE YOUR PEN OUT!”An inspirational read for any kid with a pen. For anyone with a pen!

  • Brenda Kahn
    2019-02-01 22:26

    This was featured at the Disney preview at midwinter today. There were lots of "ohs" uttered as each page of this powerful paean to imagination was read aloud. I revisited it as soon as I returned to my hotel room and love it more with each reading. It is gorgeous. It is powerful. It's a book I'll be giving to my art teacher and other teachers with the hope that they never forget to nurture this hope. The pen and ink illustrations at once simple and metaphorical invite lengthy contemplation. I cannot wait for the release of this gem.

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    2019-02-16 19:27

    Wow.Christopher Myers really brought his A-game with the pen and ink illustrations in this picturebook. Just incredible illustrations on every page and an invitation to explore your world with art.Certainly there are other books that refer to the use of writing utensils and imagination like the ever-famous Harold and the Purple Crayon but this is by far the best I have read.

  • Carrie Gelson
    2019-02-02 19:29

    This book. Wow. I left this at the bookstore but haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I always say there is power in the pencil (or pen, or marker, etc) - this book celebrates the creativity on the page. But on the page is so much more. I know this book will soon become part of my collection. I want to share it with each group of children I teach for forever . . .

  • Relyn
    2019-02-05 16:48

    I can not overstate my love of this book. It is nothing short of an ode to imagination that is wildly, delightfully accessible to children. This book makes your fingers itch to pick up a pen and create new worlds of your own - just like Christopher Myers challenges you to do. Classroom ConnectionWriting: I plan to use this book to kick off our unit of study about illustration. Character Lesson: This book would also be a great starter to a discussion about seeing the world a little differently and appreciating other people who do just that.

  • Eve Nicholson
    2019-02-08 23:55

    My son brought this book home from school today, and I have fallen in love. He loves it, but he asked me why I love it. I love it for the incredible illustrations. I love the words and worlds it holds. I love it for the insights and inspirations. I love the message it shares. And I love that after we read it, my son went to find a pen and asked what worlds he might find inside it.

  • Shamekia
    2019-02-03 17:38

    The illustrations are indeed gorgeous. I'm not impressed with the story-there is no story actually, this is more along the lines of an illustrated poem. I feel that Myers is gunning for a Caldecott Medal next year with this one; it feels slightly pretentious. It insists on itself. I do love how the main character seems to me racially ambiguous. He also doesn't have a name; these things help make the book that much more accessible for children.

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-01-30 21:33

    Hard to pick a favorite image among these lovely drawings--"My pen has x-ray vision," probably. I love the precision of his line work here and all the variety he shows using negative space and surprising images. Makes me want to draw.

  • Ambree
    2019-01-31 15:32

    I love love love this book. It is beautifully written and illustrated. It made me think of how we all feel "small" sometimes. This book will encourage children to use their imagination and also inspire to believe in themselves and their greatness.

  • Janet
    2019-01-20 16:29

    MY PEN is an exquisitely drawn picture book for all ages, an exploration of how much creativity and strength we have when we express ourselves through the arts. I love this so much.

  • Cassidy Flood
    2019-02-14 23:34

    Very different than Myers’ other works, but it was good. I liked the story that went along with it

  • Linda Gill
    2019-02-05 16:31

    An artist...Christopher Myers draws his way through a book and into the creative part of each one of us as we read and ponder each page. His pen creates the adventures, so it seems. The detail is incredible, literally drawing you right into the scene and into the adventure itself.Christopher Myers begins by sharing how small one may feel compared to the rich and famous. But, then, he remembers..."I have a pen.""My pen makes giants of old men who have seen better days. Then my pen puts these giants in the warm, sweet hands of the smallest girl." One gift, one adventure turns into another, and another.He illustrates what he sees...nature, wars, technology. He draws feelings such as love. He draws who he thinks he is each day. He draws "stories in the margins of the page,...."He reminds us that we each have stories. These stories can be told in our own personal ways, but we should tell them. I am reminded of a saying that "When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground."** I think Mr. Myers is saying something along those veins.Mr. Myers draws and he writes. Others may teach. Some may nurse. Some invent things. Others create new technology. Everyone has at least one gift. Don't think you're anything less than what and who God created you to be. You are a gift in yourself. Share with others who and what you are.Reading Level: 3 - 5 YearsI have to add that I believe Mr. Myers is drawing and writing for all ages...ALL AGES, young and old.Author/Illustrator:Christopher Myers was born in Queens, NY. His father is the acclaimed author, Walter Dean Myers."Christopher Myers credits his appreciation of the importance of images to observing the objects and photographs his parents would bring home from auctions and flea markets: “little histories;” “other people's memories that get left behind.” His own family images have had quite an impact, as well - as in a black-and-white photograph of his grandfather with a telling smile on his face. 'He was a storyteller. His thick, dark, calloused hands told stories. My father tells stories. I tell stories. I'm fascinated with work, what work is, who does work, how much our identities are wrapped up in what we do with our hands. Shoeshine boy, ditchdigger, painter. My grandfather laughed at my father's hands because they were too soft. Still I think he was proud of the fact that my father didn't have to work with his back. This is progress.'”"Myers has made his career working with his hands in yet another way, creating his own images in collage, photos, woodcuts, and other artistic media. A graduate of Brown University, he has participated in the exclusive Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program. Myers began his children's book career doing research to help his father, and went on to illustrate the elder Myers' "Shadow of the Red Moon." In 1998, the two collaborated on "Harlem," which was named a Caldecott Honor Book as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Myers' solo effort, "Black Cat," was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.""In addition to his fine art and illustrative work, Christopher Myers is a clothing designer. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York." ***His drawings are black and white, pen and ink. Outstanding. Detail is truly amazing.Cover Drawing: From #MyPen/Pinterest --** Quote: Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1901-1991), a Malian writer and ethnologist, is credited for saying before UNESCO in 1960: “En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle.” ("In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.") The saying means that African oral history is especially valuable and suffers a great loss with the death of each elder. “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” is a popular form of the saying that has also been used by American genealogists and historians.*** bio from

  • Tasha
    2019-02-15 22:44

    A new picture book from an award-winning illustrator which shows the power of art in a child's life. Using powerful sketches, the book talks about the freedom and self-esteem that comes from creating art. Myers also speaks to the importance of imagination and creativity, showing an elephant in a teacup and the protagonist riding a dinosaur. He plays with different perspectives and plays the simplicity of ink and pen art against the complexity of world problems that art also speaks to. Even mistakes and errors are embraced along the way, showing children that the goal is not perfection but the experience of creation. Beautifully written and illustrated, this picture book is a compelling look at creativity and art. The words in the book demonstrate the various aspects of art, showing a playfulness throughout but also allowing moments of gravity and seriousness as well. The book ends with an encouragement to the reader to pick up a pen and see what worlds they discover inside it. The real focus of this picture book is the art, which is incredibly beautiful. Done in pen, of course, the art is detailed and distinctive. The boy's face is expressive throughout, as he takes imaginary travels and as he responds to making mistakes on the page. Thanks to the creative subject, one is never sure what is going to be revealed on the next page. With art of this quality, it's a delight to turn the pages and discover each new image.Share this with art teachers or in units that encourage creativity. Then have pens ready for children to create their own art on the page, blots and all. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Amy
    2019-02-04 23:43

    Popularity/appeal rating: 3.5Quality rating: 5In a one-sentence nutshell:There are a million pens in the worldAnd each one has a million worlds inside it.So if you have a pen, see what you can do -Let those worlds inside your pen out!Stunning, high-contrast black and white illustrations that reminded me of Chris VanAllsburg or MC Escher. I think this one will be a 2016 Caldecott contender (it was published in 2015, right?). I also loved the idea that (if you're an artist) your pen contains entire worlds - you just have to let them out. That's how I feel about books & reading. I also liked how Myers includes the idea of failure and how it's part of the creative process. I don't think this one will become a favorite among kids, but it's worth reading for the illustrations and for the encouraging sentiments about creativity.Love this illustration about the creative process going awry.

  • Amanda Vaughan
    2019-02-06 23:44

    As an educator, one of the greatest challenges I face is making my students believe in themselves and their abilities. This book is an awesome way of showing students they can do and be anything they want, they simply have to make the choice to do it! The book begins with "There are rich people who own jewels and houses and pieces of the sky. Sometimes I feel small when I see those rich and famous people." This is a feeling we can all relate too. With children, though, these feeling are difficult to express in an appropriate manner. I used this book to teach my students that, no matter how they feel, small or big, amazing or inferior, they have a tool that no on can take away from them; a pen that can put words and pictures on paper to express what they need to say. I love reading this story over and over. Each time, I find something new in the words on the pages and in the black and white sketches that seamlessly flow through the story. This story can be shared with children of all ages. I think the best understanding would come to children in grades 3 and above.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-30 22:33

    “Sometimes I feel small,” Christopher Myers laments, “when I see… rich and famous people.” “But then I remember I have my pen.”His pen, powered by imagination, has the power to create worlds and transform reality. It “tap-dances on the sky/ and draws clouds with its feet.”This is a gorgeous picture book full of hope, imagination, and most importantly, inspiration. It’s a reminder that art is cathartic, empowering, and it is a process. All artists, even accomplished ones, “[don’t] always get it right.” With your pen (or pencil, paint, or musical instrument), you can create magic; you can do anything.With incredibly detailed and dynamic black-and-white illustrations, Myers takes readers into a surrealistic sketchbook where possibilities abound, and he implores all who read to “let those worlds inside your pen out!” Let’s! Ages 3 & up.

  • Debrarian
    2019-02-14 23:34

    In a series of doodly, Magritte-y, creativity-inspiring black-and-white ink drawings, a boy shows the many ways his pen helps him capture, make sense of, and imagine the world. The sketches are accomplished and complex but also playfully loose in a way that seems inviting and empowering to the budding artist. Sketches on the next-to-last illustrated page are intentionally childlike in a clear invitation to young readers. Considerations:- The hand-lettered font is not the easiest in the world to read. An obstacle or alluringly artistic?- The text is both simple and poetical - I'd like to discuss it with kids and see what they make of lines like "my pen is smart as a snowflake" and "my pen worries about all the wars in the world." Without discussion, will the words resonate? Read for librarian book group.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-27 20:30

    This is one of those gorgeous "everybody" books, but those who love to draw will especially cherish it. Christopher Myers is mind-bogglingly artistic, and seeing what his pen can do made me wish I had a pen like his. I like that the last pages show more simplistic art, and make it not so much about the "talent" of the artist, but about the worlds inside each pen that are longing to be let out. Wonderful!

  • Wendy
    2019-01-27 15:41

    What a fabulous book to give to an artist, whether they be 2 or 102! The pen is a powerful instrument and Myers inspires his readers to seize that power and create wonderful things. "My pen makes giants of old men who have seen better days. Then my pen puts these giants in the warm, sweet hands of the smallest girl." Imagine!

  • Crystal
    2019-02-07 18:45

    Christopher Myers has created a book that celebrates creativity. He shows what a pen can do and what worlds can be imagined while using a pen. The worlds he imagines are sometimes surreal and sometimes very down to earth. I appreciated that he showed elaborate drawings, but also, on the final pages, shared art that was very much like young elementary school work.

  • Amy
    2019-01-23 20:37

    A fascinating and beautiful look into the mind of an artist. A brilliant way to encourage young (and old) want~to~be artists to express themselves through their creativity and art. Meyer's pen and ink illustrations add to the meaning and depth of his amazing book. I adore his dedication: "To the people who make things, and to the people who share them."

  • Karen A.
    2019-01-28 23:46

    A strong entry into the picture book ilk of 'Harold and the Purple Crayon'. The statement that sometimes you wish for things other people have but you don't need to if you have a pen...and imagination is a great message for all ages!!

  • Denise
    2019-02-10 16:32

    Fabulous illustrations! Great book!

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-01-20 18:29

    This picture book for young kids is filled with wonderfully detailed drawings, but I was not drawn (pun intended) into the text on the pages. Ah well.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-30 18:34

    Imaginative and powerful, this book reminded me of Oh, The Places You'll Go mixed with Harold and the Purple Crayon.This is a must see/read for PreK-2+.

  • Janie
    2019-02-04 23:43

    beautiful illustrations, deep thoughts, and evocative overall

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-14 18:53

    This is the book to beat for the 2016 Caldecott Award!

  • Erin
    2019-01-24 17:27

    Shows all the magical things one can do when they use pen and ink. Writing and drawing opens up a world of creation.

  • Katie
    2019-02-04 22:27

    this book! the illustrations are gorgeous and the message is SO good. This book could be used with kids of all ages.