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Chalk [Kindle Edition]

Bill Thomson
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Book Description

A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.



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About the Author

BILL THOMSON lives in Southington, Connecticut, with his wife, Diann, and their three sons. He is Associate Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7148 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1st edition (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P3J4QU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it 13 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Purchased this along with a few other ebooks before going on holiday recently. I failed to pick up on the fact it has no narrative, no words to read. To be fair though going back to the item description its quite clear so that's my fault for not reading the decription thoroughly. However the kids loved it because every time I told the story, it was a little bit different. It inspired them to be imaginative after they got what the story was about and they probably asked me to 'read' this book more than any other while we are away. So why 4 stars and not 5. My view is that childrens books are there to encourage children to read. My 6 year old loves reading but wont touch this book unless I read it to her, but she loves it when I do, which is great because I love reading to the kids. The drawings by the way are amazing, although they are that good I do wonder if in fact they are computer generated...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wordless text 10 July 2013
By coop
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wonderful story - fuels the imagination :)
My children and I love it!

An excellent picture story book - probably ideal for 5yrs +
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  166 reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chalk up another homerun from Bill Thomson 26 Jun. 2010
By Bada - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'll admit that my family is made up of Bill Thomson groupies. My kids and I loved his three earlier books, which redefined what a children's illustration can be. My wife constantly pesters our local librarians to add his books with claims that he is the most talented illustrator never to win a Caldecott. Not yet, anyway.
In Chalk, a story about the mischief children can get into with magical chalk, Thomson ups his game. Clearly, the story line is better than past books, even without words. There is a lot of action, a narrative flow, and an open invitation for the readers to supply their words and interpretations. The guarded look back by the boy in yellow on the last page is priceless.
The illustrations too are different, although still extraordinarily detailed. There is a brighter palette with some striking colors. The insert drawings on a number of pages that remind one of the technique Jan Brett uses in The Mitten. The dinosaur playground ride is especially interesting. While everything else in the book is photo-realistic, the ride looks more like the computer generated images in Toy Story, an interesting contrast.
This book would be a great gift for any child ages 3-8.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This wordless story about the magical chalk and the things three children created will amaze the reader! 20 Jun. 2010
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The rain was coming down steadily as three children approached the dinosaur rider at the playground. There was a small shopping bag decorated with stars and moons hanging from its jaws. They took the bag and peeked inside only to find several pieces of colorful chalk. One of the little girls knelt down on the ground and began to drawn a picture of the sun. The raindrops suddenly disappeared as the drawing came to life and the sun began to shine. The children shielded their eyes from its brilliant rays. Smiles began to be seen on their faces as the sun rose high in the sky and smiled down on them.

One of the little girls removed her rain gear, took a piece of chalk from the bag and began to draw butterflies. Soon the air was full of monarchs as they emerged from their lined drawings on the ground. The children waved their arms in delight as the magical butterflies filled the air. The boy pulled a green piece of chalk from the back. He drew with an impish grin on his face because he was drawing a dino. All of a sudden his dino became a Tyrannosaurus rex. The children began to scream with fright and ran for shelter. How were they going to get out of this chalk dilemma they had created?

This wordless story about the magical chalk and the things three children created will amaze the reader. Although the story is wordless, the marvelously animated illustrations speak volumes. Each child who "reads" this book can create their own story, much like the create your own adventure stories for the older readers. The words will be different each time, but even the youngest children will enjoy their own creations, much like the children in this story. This is a fun, adventuresome book that will encourage creativity without having to give thought to mispronounced words or difficulty in reading a passage, because every rendition of this story will be perfect!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for any language 30 Jan. 2011
By Nia Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We checked this out from the library more than a few times--my kids, then 2 and 5 years, love it. I am buying this as a birthday gift for a cousin's 3 year old son who she has chosen to speak to exclusively in Spanish. Because of the language barrier I don't speak with the cutie patootie often and I was scared to buy a Spanish book as I am not fluent myself and therefore cannot vouch for a translated version of an English book I love. This book removed the language barrier. I know that she and he can discuss this book at length in whatever language they choose and they will enjoy it as much as me and my kids enjoyed it. The illustrations are breathtakingly real and the concept is so clever that I feel this is an excellent addition to anyone's collection. It is absolutely gift worthy, but more importantly, this book would work for anyone in any language. Enjoy!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our class voted this as the best immaginative, magical book! 28 Nov. 2012
By Ms. Pettit's Class - Published on Amazon.com
Our favorite wordless picture book is Chalk, by Bill Thomson. We chose Chalk for many reasons.

First, we chose Chalk because it was magical. For example, when any of the characters drew something it appeared and came alive (like the sun, the butterflies, and the dinosaur). Also when they drew the rain, the dinosaur melted away, and then a few seconds later the dinosaur vanished and never came back alive.

Another reason we chose Chalk is because the author used hand painting to illustrate the book, and it was not computer generated. The book had beautiful pictures that were well designed with lots of colors and a ton of detail. In addition, the author chose to use colors instead of black, and white. The illustrations were neatly colored, and they were shiny and unique.

The last reason is because the author chose to bring imagination alive by using chalk. They used a dinosaur and dinosaurs are extinct. They used monarch butterflies and rain to get the dinosaur to vanish. This book made our imagination more special. This book is really epic and stupendous. Most of all Chalk made our imagination even bigger. If we didn't read Chalk, our imagination would go down.

Finally, we had a great time looking at this wordless picture book. We enjoyed it so much that everyone voted for Chalk. Our minds exploded when the dinosaur came alive. If you like books with magic, realistic, detailed illustrations, and exquisite imagination then this book will blow your top off.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must need for every elem teacher!!! 8 July 2012
By Reading Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being an elementary school teacher I was introduced to this picture (wordless) book. Great for teaching: prediction, story structure/retelling, imagination for writing own version, intriguing to both boys and girls, leads to great "out on playground own chalk drawings" as fun spring board for own writing, etc Every family member will enjoy.. all ages! Really cool twist near end!
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