I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Malala’s Magic Pencil! See below for information about the book and author, and for my review!
About the Book:
Title: MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai’s first picture book, inspired by her own childhood.
Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever NobelPrize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
When I sat down to read this book with my Little, the cover and illustrations on the inside struck me. They’re so vivid and gorgeous, yet so understated in some places.
Through the story and illustrations, Malala communicates the story with which so many are now familiar: How she wanted to help girls be able to go to school, the Taliban’s attempt to silence her, and how she prevailed. Nevertheless, as we say so much anymore, she persisted.
The story is told perfectly for little ones. I was worried as we approached the part about the Taliban’s attempt on her life (my Little is 5 and that’s bit of a heavy topic), but it was very well done, both with illustration and explanation.
I appreciate the fact that this incredible story is now available to young ones like mine. It speaks of persistence, endurance, and holding on to a strong will even when people try to dissuade you from what you want to do.
I always defer to Little on these reviews, as the books are intended for him. He liked it. I should add the caveat that he likes almost every book we read. But there was a fairly uncharacteristic silence as we read it; he usually asks questions about what’s happening, or a picture, or a word. For Malala’s Magic Pencil, his eyes were glued to the pages the entire time we read.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL ASSETS, US Only.
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