"This is no ordinary pencil," says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel's bed. "It's magic."
Everything Daniel draws with his pencil - flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo - comes to life. It's pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie.
Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.
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Four Kids - Four Thumbs Up
We listened to Daniel the Draw-er while on a short car trip. My kids (ages 4, 6, 9, 11) were enthralled the entire time. There was a lot of giggling going on in the car. As an adult, I enjoyed the book because of some of the funny references my kids might not have caught. The author did an excellent job of bringing Daniel and his friends to life. I hope there's a sequel!
DANIEL - loved his inner dialogue
- Anonymous Reviewer
Can't wait to share with my first grader!
My favorite thing about Daniel the Draw-er were the vivid characters -- particularly the characters that were drawn by Daniel's magic pencil, but I also loved the sister's boyfriend. The humor caught me off guard sometimes and really made me laugh out loud. The superhero, Super Amazing Pants (SAP), and especially his nemesis, Doctor Short Shorts had the funniest names I've seen in fiction in a long time, and I like the way that Annie's drawing incorporated this slow realization that she's actually a real girl.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants, except that Daniel the Drawer has humor that's less disgusting. It compares because it's definitely aimed at the same group of kids. It speaks to them on their own level. It's even in first person, getting you that much closer to the kid in the story, sort of like a diary.
No, this is the first time I've heard his voice on audio book. I liked the voices he did for everyone except for Annie and Daniel. I think he slowed it down a little bit too much or something for them. It was hard to get past it enough to get into the story.
Yes! I didn't have the time to do it that way, but it only took me three sittings.
The theme of the book was lovely, too. I caught a couple of simple threads that will teach kids how to be confident about making new friends, and how to be nice to and value the ones they already have. When Daniel started to notice the slightly girly differences in the tomboyish Annie, he decided it was okay, and he still wanted to be her best friend. Annie is a real girl after all. This is adorable.
Some of my favorite quotes: "I'm pretty sure nobody's ever been marshmallowed to death."
"Annie has a certain reputation to keep. One that involves a taste for creepy, crawly, and peanut-buttery things. If anyone besides me found out there's an actual girl hidden inside, she'd never live it down."
"I'm sure you meant to say, 'Come in, Best Mother in the World,' didn't you?"I shrug
"It's okay, because none of us are perfect. All we can do is our best. Even if our arms are crooked or if we're missing one of our four eyes, if we're helping someone else, we're perfect."
This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.