Sara Varon's My Pencil and Me is a playful picture book that’s perfect for young artists, writers, and makers—especially if they struggle with confidence or writer's block.
Sara loves to draw and tell stories, but sometimes it can be difficult to get started. What if she doesn't have any good ideas or her drawings turn out terrible?!
Lucky for Sara, she has a friend who is always by her side—her pencil. With a little help from Pencil, Sara learns it's okay if her story isn't perfect, as long as she's using her imagination and having fun.
Varon (Hold Hands) isn't just the author of this how-to picture book she's the protagonist, too, drawing herself as a character who, stumped for a story, takes the advice of her dog, Sweet Pea, and asks her pencil for help. Pencil is a worthy aide ("Aw, forget about the eraser! It doesn't need to be perfect"), and the protagonist is soon sketching \nan action-packed baseball tale of friends vs. brightly colored, adorably eclectic monsters. It's all fun and games Varon depicts herself as a power hitter until Pencil insists that "nobody likes a book where everybody gets along" and is accidently snapped in two. The monsters take over the narrative, turn Pencil into a magic bat, and write themselves a massive victory. "Best story ever!" the winners declare, and the powers that be seem to agree: a few pages later, the meta book has a primo spot in a real bookstore window. The creative process its pains, its joys, and its so-crazy-it-just-might-work moments has found a thoroughly funny chronicler in Varon. Ages 3 6. \n