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  • Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (1 April 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 132886684X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1328866844
  • Reading age : 6 - 9 years
  • Dimensions : 21.59 x 1.03 x 27.94 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 251 ratings

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"This entertaining history of how a universally recognizable object came to be tells of businessman and inventor Edwin Binney's 'knack for listening and making what people needed.' ...Biebow's first nonfiction picture book flows with conversational smoothness ... The attractive full-page-and, accordingly, brightly colorful -illustrations mix realism and whimsy" --Booklist

"A colorful addition to the shelves of picture books about inventors and inventions and all things STEAM" --School Library Journal

"What were the odds that I'd go goofy over the biography of the guy who invented the Crayola crayon? . . . This Natascha Biebow lady KNOWS how to pen a really good picture book biography . . . And the Backmatter, oh the Backmatter! Gorgeous full-color photographs of the process (which gave me flashbacks to old Mr. Rogers episodes), a one-page author bio, and the MOST impressive Bibliography I've seen in any picture book this year" - Betsy Bird, SLJ Fuse # 8

"Readers are likely to be fascinated . . . Back matter is attention-grabbing... with photographs of crayon production today" -- Publishers Weekly

"British author Biebow's first nonfiction picture book flows with conversational smoothness....The attractive full-page--and, accordingly, brightly colorful--illustrations mix realism and whimsy in Salerno's recognizable style." --Booklist

 "In this chatty, engaging picture book, Biebow provides the historical context around the invention of Crayola crayons....What [Caldecott Medalist] Jon Klassen achieves emotionally in his characters' eyes, Salerno manages with eyebrows here." --Kirkus

"Biebow conveys just how revolutionary this now-mundane product was at its inception....Salerno's illustrations of the Binney and Smith workforce, marching around the factory in color-splotched overalls and pursuing their experiments with the zeal of alchemists, keep the visual excitement building." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Natascha Biebow's favorite crayon color is periwinkle blue because it makes her heart sing. She loves to draw and make stuff, just like Edwin Binney. She lives in London, where writes, edits, coaches and mentors children's book authors and illustrators at Blue Elephant Storyshaping, and is the long-time Regional Advisor of SCBWI British Isles. This is her first non-fiction picture book. Find her at nataschabiebow.com. Steven Salerno has illustrated many popular picture books for children, including Brothers at Bat and The Fantastic Ferris Wheel. He lives and works in New York City. www.stevensalerno.com

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 June 2020