Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eraserheads by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

This fun and colorful picturebook combines imagination and art in the lesson that it's ok to make mistakes.

Each of the eraserheads specializes in erasing a certain kind of mistake. They each have a distinct personality and when one day they make their own mistake, they use their skills to work together and escape from the art that's been messed up.

The message of trying again and not giving up after making mistakes is firmly planted in the story, but it never strays into didactism. The unique eraser characters are enchantingly odd and the boy's art is childlike but enjoyable.

Verdict: A good story for reading aloud before art lessons or for art-focused storytimes.

ISBN: 0374399204; Published April 2010 by Farrar, Straus, Giroux; Borrowed from the library

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