Graphic Novel Review: My Pencil and Me

Creator: Sara Varon

Publisher: First Second

Writing is hard. Lucky for Sara Varon she has her pencil. Her pencil is there for her when she doesn’t know how to get started or when she is worried that what she writes isn’t good enough. Don’t you wish you had a pencil like that? I do!

My Pencil and Me is chock full of great advice for young writers like go around and collect ideas with your sketchbook, your work doesn’t need to be perfect, and add some conflict to your story. Varon shares this great advice while also keeping the story fun and charming.

My Pencil and Me straddles the line between picture book and graphic novel. It physically looks like a picture book, but it incorporates comic book elements like speech balloons and panels. No matter how you classify it, this book would be a wonderful read aloud to launch a fiction writing unit or even independent writing projects.

I highly recommend you check out this playful graphic novel that teaches kids how to deal with writer’s block.

Teaching Considerations:

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Unit of Study: Fiction & Personal Narrative Writing
  • Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Published by Eric Hand

I'm an educator and literacy professional with a long-standing passion for comic books and graphic novels.

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