Friday, June 6, 2014

Daniel the Draw-er

5/5 Stars

Daniel is a draw-er. Or at least according to his sisters dense, and a bit rough, boyfriend he is. Daniel prefers the term artist, but he's not about to set the record straight. His arm is too sore and sure to fall off from all the "buddy" punches he receives on a regular basis. Daniel keeps his head down and uses stealth mode (Armadillo!) to stay out of his sister's boyfriends way.

Daniel also has one friend, Annie, and that's all he believes he needs. His mom pressures him to make new friends, everyday asking if he made any new ones at school that day, but Daniel already has one so why find another? (Moms, they're so demanding)

On one particularly fateful day, Daniel was drawing his newest creation, (A cat with a jet pack! Awesome!) when his pencil breaks. In a world of pens and computer animation Daniel has trouble finding a replacement for his broken pencil. Pushed to extreme measures, he goes to the attic.

In that place of abandonment and restriction (you open one or two mint condition toys up there from your dads old toy box and you're banned from the attic forever) Daniel finds a pencil lovingly wrapped and packed away in the safety of a wooden box and takes it to finish his drawing. What could go wrong?

With this pencil, Daniel finds his drawings come to life! He draws all the things he ever wanted and best of all he has his best friend Annie to share it with. Though, he doesn't seem to share as well as he thinks he does. With great power comes great responsibility and when Daniel comes too close to losing his best and only friend he struggles to find a way to fix what damage has been done.

Daniel the Draw-er is a great young readers book. It's a short read making it perfect for beginning readers with an exciting and imaginative story. I read it straight through and I know my nephew will too. Lots of good lessons, sharing, acceptance, how to help a friend in case of bullying. Written from Daniel's perspective, every reader can follow his story on a first hand account and learn from his mistakes. It's great to have one best friend, but it's even better to have more.

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