Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai - ESSENTIAL

Yousafzai, Malala Malala’s Magic Pencil, illustrated by Kerascoët. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Little, Brown and Company, 2017. $17.99. 9780316319577

Malala grew up watching a television show where a boy had a magic pencil that could draw things and they became real.  Malala always wished for a magic pencil, but one day realized that she could make wonderful things happen without magic.  She saw a girl working in a garbage dump and wondered why she wasn’t in school.  When her father explained that not everyone gets that opportunity Malala decided to make a difference.  She started writing speeches and travelling around her country, getting quoted in international newspapers, even risking her life when “dangerous men” tried to stop her.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has condensed her life story into this marvelous picture book.  The ink and watercolor illustrations are beautiful - shiny and golden to represent the magic.  This is a perfectly age appropriate retelling of Malala’s story - just the hopeful, world-changing part, and her wonderful voice rings true.

EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian

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