Review: The Giant Pencil by Connor Wilson
The Giant Pencil by Connor Wilson.
Magic Dream Publishing
Publication Date: August 2012
List Price: $12.95
Review: Connor Wilson, a mere 9 years old, has demonstrated incredible talent in the publication of his first book, A Giant Pencil. As officially the youngest traditionally-published fiction writer, Wilson will undoubtedly reach the hearts of both young and old in his book.
A Giant Pencil incorporates ideas from Harold and the Purple Crayon as he traces a day in the life of a typical boy. Billy is a grumpy boy. He, like many boys, feels as if the whole world it against him. He feels that his family does not want him, the kids at school do not want him around, his teacher is mad at him, and even the lunch lady doesn't like him. When Billy thinks he just can't stand it anymore, he finds a pencil - a giant pencil that falls from the sky that will change everything! But, is change always good? Billy quickly finds out.
Absolutely charming is how readers will describe A Giant Pencil. People one day or another all feel like the world is filled with others who are against them, and this feeling of doom is particularly strong in children. Children everywhere have complained that someone doesn't like them, or that someone is ignoring them, or that someone is mad at them, and for a child that is devastating. Billy's journey with the giant pencil teaches children a powerful lesson about life, one that every child and adult alike need to remember. Connor Wilson has a bright future ahead of him. He has a knack for the written word and is someone who will undoubtedly connect with a younger audience. It is refreshing to have a book written for children from the viewpoint of a child. Because Wilson is living life as a child and writing for children, he most certainly will share a book that will appeal to the mind of a child. But what Wilson also did, is he wrote a book that will appeal to all readers. Well done, Connor!
Review written by Margo Nauert (6th grade teacher).
Radio Interview with Connor Wilson about his book and experiences as the youngest fiction writer
On Monday July 1st, syndicated book reviewer Gary Roen joined WELE radio host Bobbie Thomas for an interview with Connor. They talked about his experiences since the release of his book A GIANT PENCIL, what it's like to be the youngest writer, and what is next for Connor. Expect to hear a bit about his new book EMMA'S FRIEND and other fun news.
The program was broadcast on WELE in Ormond Beach FL and was also streamed live through internet radio. Click here for a recording of Connor's interview.
A GIANT PENCIL is the Best Book by a Young Author for 2012!
Reader Views Literary Awards has announced it's selection of A GIANT PENCIL for the Reviewers Choice Award for the Best Book by Young Author for 2012. Connor is the youngest traditionally published author ever selected for the award which considers all books by authors 18 years or younger.
Check it out at the press release here
Click here to view Connor's Good Day TV interview: