A magical pen causes creative chaos in this quirky, comic-style story from the Sid Fleischman Award–winning author of Milo.
Best friends Matt and Larry “Craz” Crazinski couldn’t be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published.
But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!—and quickly realize it’s no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life!
They start small with their drawings—bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don’t always end up as perfect as the art they create...
In this funny, slightly zany, and ultimately heartwarming story, Sid Fleischman Award–winner Alan Silberberg demonstrates the power of friendship—and that the best life is not always sketched out in advance.
Cartoons, text, and a hefty helping of magic convey the struggles of two best friends trying to find their place in middle school. Matt and Craz want to be cartoonists, but they can t break into the clubby school newspaper. Hoping to up their game, they search online for better supplies and are mysteriously rewarded with a pen that can draw wishes into reality. After they inadvertently make a fortune by including a bag of money in their latest comic strip, their eyes grow wide with the new power they wield ridding themselves of their nasty English teacher, for instance, by shipping her off to hang out with the pirates in her favorite book, Treasure Island. Silberberg (Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze) leavens the story s nonsensical elements with several poignant subplots. Matt draws a cartoon that reunites his separated parents, but Craz s wish for more shower time is less successful, erasing his four brothers and sisters. There s plenty to chuckle at, even if the book, like its title, is a bit longer than it needs to be. Ages 9 13.