Staff Pick: Chalk

“It’s a gloomy, rainy day as three young friends head to the playground. The adventure begins when they discover a mysterious bag hanging from the mouth of a bouncy dinosaur on a spring. A peek inside the bag reveals a stash of multi-colored sidewalk chalk.

The first girl draws a picture of the sun and voilá – its blinding light rises into the sky to chase away the dark clouds and the rain. The second girl draws a flock of butterflies that sprout wings and rise from the pavement to fill the sky with color. Then the mischievous boy chooses a green chalk and draws a ferocious T-Rex. What do you think will happen next?

Each of the illustrator’s realistic drawings was painted by hand using acrylic paint and colored pencils. The children’s expressions are so vivid that you too experience the joy, wonder and fear as the story unfolds. The book has no words but still works well for story time. The large, colorful illustrations will stimulate children’s imaginations and inspire creative thinking as they ponder what comes next in the developing story.” Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, K-3 Nominee.

Recommended by: Linda Tegmeyer – Brightwood Library

More books with illustrations that have magical imaginary results:

Jumanji Tuesday Harold and the Purple Crayon

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