Linus The Little Yellow Pencil (Hardcover)

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By Scott Magoon, Scott Magoon (Illustrator), Scott Magoon (Cover design or artwork by)
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2022 Nominee! Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

— From West Woodland Book Fair 2021


A kid-friendly tale of two ends of the same pencil learning to get along!

Linus and his eraser, Ernie, don't always see eye to eye. But with the family art show drawing near, these two will have to sharpen their collaboration to make something neither one could do on their own! 

This cheerful ode to art points out the power of sharing the creative process and sticking with it.

About the Author

Scott Magoon is also the author and artist of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!, as well as Breathe, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Read Aloud and a Best Book of the Year by the HuffPost and Chicago Public Library. He also illustrated the beloved series Spoon, Chopsticks, and Straw by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The Nut Family stories by Eric Litwin, Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes (a Schneider Family Book Award winner), and Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman. Scott lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. His website is

Praise For…

"Humor shines through as puns punctuate the pages, which are also filled with expressive and energetic drawings. This book has an important message to embrace the creative process, wrapped up in the package of one punny picture book."—School Library Journal

"Magoon's digital artwork uses scanned paper textures manipulated in Photoshop, with color used masterfully—the result emphasizes the different looks achieved by using the various art supplies. The simple but expressive faces on the implements are standouts. Magoon gets his message across: Be the best you can be."—Kirkus Reviews

"The narrative is packed with art-related puns ("bristling with envy"; "brush aside"; "drawn to the very edge"; "Go, get that lead out"), and the digitally created illustrations are filled with movement and color. The idea of the two ends of the same pencil learning to get along will appeal to children as they watch what the pair are able to create together with a bit of cooperation."—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368006279
ISBN-10: 1368006272
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 32
Language: English
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