BOOK OF THE WEEK: ONCE UPON A LINE

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.56.16 PMOne rainy night, Wally’s family finds an old steamer trunk in the attic. Inside is a pile of paintings drawn from a single line from an enchanted pen. They could only belong to Uncle George, who believed that all stories begin with one line and a rich imagination.

“The colorful, absurd, detailed illustrations feature a fantastical array of characters—many of them anthropomorphic animals—in an intriguing style that defies easy classification….The artwork is captivating, finding the pen stroke is challenging, and the text will spark some animated conversation.”—Kirkus Reviews

Award-winning author and illustrator Wallace Edwards explores the world of storytelling through a single pen line that grows Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.55.19 PMinto an image and the first line of a new story. Readers will be inspired to finish the simple stories that begin with “Once Upon a Line” or use the enchanted story line to tell their own unique tale. This makes it a perfect book for the primary classroom because it teaches inferencing and creativity.

Edwards is also well known for his previous books Monkey Business, The Cat’s Pajamas, and the winner of the Governor General’s award for children’s illustration Alphabeasts. Once Upon a Line is sure to also become a beloved Canadian classic.

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Pajama Press

9781927485781

Juvenile Fiction/Imagination & Play

October 1, 2015

Hardcover with jacket, $19.95

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