The Magic Pencil
Written by: Young NZ author Ben Spies
Illustrated by: Robert Spies
A school boy. A magic pencil. One chance to save the world.
When Bob finds an innocent-looking pencil on his way to school, little does he realize his life will never be the same again. Anything it draws magically comes to life.
Unknown to Bob, a dangerous gang of villains are not far behind. Desperately searching for the Magic Pencil, the Fakeys want to use the power of the pencil to take over the world and they will let nothing stand in their way.
In a race against time, can Bob and his friends stay one step ahead of the Fakeys to save the world?
The Magic Pencil is an extraordinary adventure full of action and imaginative scenarios.
If you like Roald Dahl and David Walliams' books, then you'll love this novel by Kiwi junior author Ben Spies.
The Magic Pencil is written by 10 year old author Ben Spies. The true point of difference in Ben's books is that they are written by a child, for children. Through a child's eyes and with a child's voice.
Order your copy of The Magic Pencil today and embark on Ben's latest adventure
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben Spies wrote his first book, Weirdo, when he was nine years old. The Magic Pencil followed soon after at age ten. The true point of difference in Ben’s books is that they are written by a child, for children. Through a child’s eyes and with a child’s voice.
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Publication Date: June 2017
Category: Children’s Fiction/Children/Teenager/Junior Fiction/Kids Other
Publisher: Spies Publishing
Edited by Richard Bradburn
Cover by Luke Kelly
Typesetting by Luke and Vida Kelly
The Magic Pencil
Reviewed by: Louana McCormack
Reviewer's Job title: Librarian
Reviewer's School Name: Opaheke School
What has time travel, dinosaurs, rockets and explosions and policemen you can't trust? The magic pencil! It's an action packed adventure that is all the more impressive when you discover the author was a mere 10 years old when he wrote it, something I am still marveling over! It's written by a child for children with an authentic voice. Young readers will be hanging on every word and dreaming of having their own magic pencil. Personally I found it lacking in descriptive detail, but that is something younger readers won't notice, they will be drawn in by the fast plot, twists and turns that make this book one that will be handed on to friends as a 'must read'.
The quirky illustrations by Robert Spies (Ben's dad) perfectly compliment the story as do the large and varied font for the onomatopoeia – splat, hsssssssssss and the aaarrrggghhs! They break up the text perfectly and will appeal to the reader. 'The magic pencil' is a book I'd be promoting to reluctant readers, there is a lot of dialogue, making it easy to follow and I think merely mentioning the author's age will have them intrigued, I was! I wouldn't hesitate recommending this book to it's target audience of 8-12.
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