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This is an alternate cover edition for B00JAXJF86 "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." Everything Daniel draws with his pencil--flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo--comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) This is an alternate cover edition for B00JAXJF86 "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." Everything Daniel draws with his pencil--flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo--comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie. Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.


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This is an alternate cover edition for B00JAXJF86 "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." Everything Daniel draws with his pencil--flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo--comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) This is an alternate cover edition for B00JAXJF86 "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." Everything Daniel draws with his pencil--flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo--comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie. Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.

30 review for Daniel the Draw-er

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I absolutely loooooove this book. Daniel the Drawer is S.J. Henderson‘s debut MG. There are so many things to love about this novella. Let me sum it up in list format: 1. It’s a quick read. Not just because it’s a novella, but because of the non-stop action. At no point does the pace lag or the plot slow down. Daniel is on one adventure after another. 2. The voice is amazing. Really, truly stellar. S.J. has nailed the nine-year-old male voice. I absolutely love the way Daniel describes his world, I absolutely loooooove this book. Daniel the Drawer is S.J. Henderson‘s debut MG. There are so many things to love about this novella. Let me sum it up in list format: 1. It’s a quick read. Not just because it’s a novella, but because of the non-stop action. At no point does the pace lag or the plot slow down. Daniel is on one adventure after another. 2. The voice is amazing. Really, truly stellar. S.J. has nailed the nine-year-old male voice. I absolutely love the way Daniel describes his world, his drawings, and the people in it. 3. It’s hilarious and adorable. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds. Daniel is a funny kid and gets himself into some pretty sticky situations. Not surprisingly, can you imagine what you would have done if you were nine and discovered a magical pencil that brings everything you draw to life? 4. There’s a very subtle, but good message, underneath the story. I hate it when stories are so blatant about the message. It happens a lot with kids stories. Parents are trying to teach the audience a lesson, and when they are they go a little overboard. But with this story, the message is there, but it’s important to the plot so it’s not blatant. 5. The voice!! I know, I already said it, but seriously. I am a sucker for a vibrant voice, and there’s a very real, very awesome voice to this story. 6. The drawings. They’re so crazy inventive. I could totally imagine a nine-year-old boy drawing Octobear — a half octopus, half teddy bear creation. Or Pi-zzabot, a robot that makes pizza and solves your math homework. Loved it. I could go on and on, but really the bottom line is this: buy the book. Read the book. Especially if you have kids around Daniel’s age. Find more of my reviews on YA Asylum

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Eccles

    I absolutely adored this tale of a nine-year-old boy and his magic pencil. It's a story of growing up, learning how to share, and developing friendships. Daniel, the quintessential boy, doesn't like homework or meatloaf, so he sets out to draw and thus create his own pizza making, math homework doing machine - the Pi-zzabot. Who wouldn't want that? Throughout the story, he and his only friend Annie create many fun objects and creatures that spur the imagination and keep readers wondering what the I absolutely adored this tale of a nine-year-old boy and his magic pencil. It's a story of growing up, learning how to share, and developing friendships. Daniel, the quintessential boy, doesn't like homework or meatloaf, so he sets out to draw and thus create his own pizza making, math homework doing machine - the Pi-zzabot. Who wouldn't want that? Throughout the story, he and his only friend Annie create many fun objects and creatures that spur the imagination and keep readers wondering what they will think of next. I truly could relate to Annie. I can remember being a tom boy, swearing off dresses, and anything the color pink. She ate a worm; I fried ants with a magnifying glass. (Sorry ants!) This story is enjoyable for people of all ages, which is truly amazing. Sometimes I have trouble getting into middle grade books, but not this one. It was funny, entertaining, and creative. The audio version is the perfect listen for your next little road trip. For more reviews, please visit The Writer's Block.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Henry Sheppard

    Pi-zzabot. A pizza-making robot. Now you’re talking! Here’s a story, full of imagination, childhood angst, and maybe a small lesson. Pizza. Bullies. An imaginary cat and assorted aliens. Pizza. A tomboy. And Daniel, a real boy, navigating life one crisis at a time, including a pizza overload complication. I still want to know how the author determined that it takes eighteen pizzas to reach one’s limit. Is there another story there? * Note: This was book was provided free to me in exchange for an h Pi-zzabot. A pizza-making robot. Now you’re talking! Here’s a story, full of imagination, childhood angst, and maybe a small lesson. Pizza. Bullies. An imaginary cat and assorted aliens. Pizza. A tomboy. And Daniel, a real boy, navigating life one crisis at a time, including a pizza overload complication. I still want to know how the author determined that it takes eighteen pizzas to reach one’s limit. Is there another story there? * Note: This was book was provided free to me in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    It was an amazing read. It has magic in it, which is one of my favorite things to read about. Lots of creativity in this book. It teaches kids an important lesson about sharing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    Daniel loves to draw, but he is a loner. He has one good friend in school, Annie. She is a tomboy who suits him fine. Every day Daniel’s mother asks if he has made any new friends, but Daniel is perfectly happy spending his time with Annie, and working on his favorite pastime, drawing. At home, Daniel is tormented by his sister, Lila’s, boyfriend, Tommy. One day, Daniel breaks his pencil while drawing and goes searching for a replacement. He finds a pencil stump in the attic. When he begins drawi Daniel loves to draw, but he is a loner. He has one good friend in school, Annie. She is a tomboy who suits him fine. Every day Daniel’s mother asks if he has made any new friends, but Daniel is perfectly happy spending his time with Annie, and working on his favorite pastime, drawing. At home, Daniel is tormented by his sister, Lila’s, boyfriend, Tommy. One day, Daniel breaks his pencil while drawing and goes searching for a replacement. He finds a pencil stump in the attic. When he begins drawing, Daniel is astounded when the cat he draws comes to life. Daniel continues to draw a pizza robot, aliens from the planet, Beezo, October, who is half octopus and half bear, and SAP, smart amazing pants. Daniel eventually tells Annie about his treasure. She is angry that he won’t share it with her. Now Annie ignores Daniel. He is sad and frustrated. Daniel confides in his mother. She gives him some good advice. One day Annie is bullied on the school playground. How will Daniel react? Will Annie ever forgive Daniel? This is a fun middle-grade read. It has lots of humor, fantasy, authentic sibling and peer-school conflicts, and two nicely developed protagonists in Daniel and Annie who face common preteen problems. It also discusses how to handle bullying. Recommended especially for boys and girls ages eight through twelve.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anindita, A Bohemian Mind at Work

    I have received an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review. The review has originally appeared in A bohemian mind at work. I liked the books so much that I have purchased them from Amazon I read middle-grade books a long time ago. Recently, I have started reading bedtime stories to my daughter. When I found this book, I wondered if I would like it or even finish it. Not only did I finish it, but I have also thoroughly enjoyed it. S.J. Henderson has taken us back to our childhood by unleashing the I have received an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review. The review has originally appeared in A bohemian mind at work. I liked the books so much that I have purchased them from Amazon I read middle-grade books a long time ago. Recently, I have started reading bedtime stories to my daughter. When I found this book, I wondered if I would like it or even finish it. Not only did I finish it, but I have also thoroughly enjoyed it. S.J. Henderson has taken us back to our childhood by unleashing the highly imaginative, super creative, 9-year-old boy, Daniel's world on us. Ms. Henderson has used simple language keeping the age group in mind. I read excerpts from the book to my three-year-old, she liked it. The narrative runs at a fast pace, with intervals of leisure. One time, you are in an 'I-don't-know-what-to-do, so-cry-for-mommy' situation. Next moment, you are sitting on your bed and drawing an apology gift for your friend. A fantasy world of a magic pencil, Pizza-Bot, aliens, other crazy creatures the author, or rather her creation, Daniel has conjured, makes this book a complete package. The author has our attention from the very first line. "Did you make any new friends at school today? Isn't this the question we have been asked over and over again when we were school going little monkeys? I ask my daughter, and she likes it, but she is only three. Daniel, the lead character, is a normal(ok, not so normal, but we have all 'been there' if we haven't 'done that'), 9-year-old boy, with only one friend he acknowledges. His family is entertaining and usual, with mildly protective parents and annoying older sister with a pain in the you-know-where, boyfriend. Then there is 'gross meatloaf'. Daniel's mother is a perceptive woman, but so is everybody else's. I am sure that the author, Ms. Henderson, being a mother of boys, horses, cats, and God-knows-what-else, is well experienced in the 'mommy-instincts' department. Daniel's mom wisely suggests he makes new friends instead of hanging out with 'Annie' all the time. By the way, you need to read the book to know how weird Annie is. I had a paper chewing friend in school. She was safer than that the earthworm-eating, peanut butter-loving Annie. Still, I think Annie would have made a better friend. Ah, I got lost again. See, this book does that to you. It makes you forget you are a woman, somebody's mother, and not a 9-year-old little girl. So, by now you understand that Daniel has a miserable life. Well, as miserable it can be, for a sheltered and loved, 9-year-old. So, what happens next? Daniel finds magic in his life. We all do, at least once in our lives, many many times in my life, no questions please(imagine my evil smile here). The rest of the book is about that magical change in Daniel's life, his struggle with power and how that affects his life. Spider-man's uncle, a sensible man, said, "With great power comes great responsibilities." Daniel learns that in a hard way. I have told you a large part of the story already. You have to read the book to find out the rest. Do Daniel and Annie stay friends? Can Daniel manage the 'little mishaps' with his creations? Does magic become a part of Daniel's life? Read the book folks, nothing to lose. Daniel the Draw-er is a book anybody will enjoy. If you are a child or have a child hiding inside you, this is the book for you. We lose most of the active imagination and creative streak we all had as children, by the time we reach an age of parenthood and responsibilities. Consider this book as a temporary portal to those magical days when our only worry was about keeping Annie's friendship or managing imaginary creatures that came out of our magic pencils and drawing books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Burkhead

    Daniel is a draw-er. Or at least according to his sisters dense, and a bit rough, boyfriend he is. Daniel prefers the term artist, but he's not about to set the record straight. His arm is too sore and sure to fall off from all the "buddy" punches he receives on a regular basis. Daniel keeps his head down and uses stealth mode (Armadillo!) to stay out of his sister's boyfriends way. Daniel also has one friend, Annie, and that's all he believes he needs. His mom pressures him to make new friends, Daniel is a draw-er. Or at least according to his sisters dense, and a bit rough, boyfriend he is. Daniel prefers the term artist, but he's not about to set the record straight. His arm is too sore and sure to fall off from all the "buddy" punches he receives on a regular basis. Daniel keeps his head down and uses stealth mode (Armadillo!) to stay out of his sister's boyfriends way. Daniel also has one friend, Annie, and that's all he believes he needs. His mom pressures him to make new friends, everyday asking if he made any new ones at school that day, but Daniel already has one so why find another? (Moms, they're so demanding) On one particularly fateful day, Daniel was drawing his newest creation, (A cat with a jet pack! Awesome!) when his pencil breaks. In a world of pens and computer animation Daniel has trouble finding a replacement for his broken pencil. Pushed to extreme measures, he goes to the attic. In that place of abandonment and restriction (you open one or two mint condition toys up there from your dads old toy box and you're banned from the attic forever) Daniel finds a pencil lovingly wrapped and packed away in the safety of a wooden box and takes it to finish his drawing. What could go wrong? With this pencil, Daniel finds his drawings come to life! He draws all the things he ever wanted and best of all he has his best friend Annie to share it with. Though, he doesn't seem to share as well as he thinks he does. With great power comes great responsibility and when Daniel comes too close to losing his best and only friend he struggles to find a way to fix what damage has been done. Daniel the Draw-er is a great young readers book. It's a short read making it perfect for beginning readers with an exciting and imaginative story. I read it straight through and I know my nephew will too. Lots of good lessons, sharing, acceptance, how to help a friend in case of bullying. Written from Daniel's perspective, every reader can follow his story on a first hand account and learn from his mistakes. It's great to have one best friend, but it's even better to have more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara Burr

    As the mother of a boy who is just starting to read chapter books on his own, this book is right up his alley. I can't wait to share it with him. He really enjoys the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and I think this falls right into the same camp with humor that is much less gross. I had no question that I would be giving it five stars. I listened to the audio version of the book, and although the audio reader's voice wasn't my favorite, especially for Daniel, once I got used to that, I thoroughly e As the mother of a boy who is just starting to read chapter books on his own, this book is right up his alley. I can't wait to share it with him. He really enjoys the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and I think this falls right into the same camp with humor that is much less gross. I had no question that I would be giving it five stars. I listened to the audio version of the book, and although the audio reader's voice wasn't my favorite, especially for Daniel, once I got used to that, I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to the book. Henderson has won my heart with Daniel. The characters in the story were vivid and caught my attention well. I loved the mission to avoid the sister's boyfriend, and the aversion to mom's meatloaf. I laughed out loud when I got to the superhero, Super Amazing Pants (SAP), and especially his nemesis, Doctor Short Shorts. The whimsical creations in the book are fun and will spark the imaginations of the children who I imagine will enjoy this book for years to come. I hope it will be in elementary school libraries and first and second grade classrooms all around the country. The theme of the book was lovely, too. I caught a couple of simple threads that will teach kids how to be confident about making new friends, and how to be nice to and value the ones they already have. When Daniel started to notice the slightly girly differences in the tomboyish Annie, he decided it was okay, and he still wanted to be her best friend. Annie is a real girl after all. This is adorable. Some of my favorite quotes: "I'm pretty sure nobody's ever been marshmallowed to death." "Annie has a certain reputation to keep. One that involves a taste for creepy, crawly, and peanut-buttery things. If anyone besides me found out there's an actual girl hidden inside, she'd never live it down." "I'm sure you meant to say, 'Come in, Best Mother in the World,' didn't you?" I shrug "It's okay, because none of us are perfect. All we can do is our best. Even if our arms are crooked or if we're missing one of our four eyes, if we're helping someone else, we're perfect." *** This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela Lambkin

    I give this book five stars for such a great children's' book of the adventures of Daniel and his magic friends he created with a special magic pencil that he found after throwing out the one and only pencil he happened to have after breaking the point while drawing. He asks his sister if she had a pencil he could have and she said "no" so he went up to their attic and searched around it looking for one, when low and behold he finally spots a pencil among other items left up there and most of it I give this book five stars for such a great children's' book of the adventures of Daniel and his magic friends he created with a special magic pencil that he found after throwing out the one and only pencil he happened to have after breaking the point while drawing. He asks his sister if she had a pencil he could have and she said "no" so he went up to their attic and searched around it looking for one, when low and behold he finally spots a pencil among other items left up there and most of it probably forgotten it was there and the fact that he knew he really was not suppose to be up in the attic but had a reason why he did not wish to go to his parents at that time. Once he gets back in his own room he begins drawing again only to find that the things he draws on his pad comes to life,see? But you wil have to buy this book"Daniel the Draw-er" if you want to find out all about his adventures and how he handles them.nI recommend this book for young readers perhaps in grade school or anyone who loves adventure stories and a boy and his friend(a girl) and his creations he draws with his new magic pencil! I received this book free and in exchange I am redoing a review that I had accidentally messed up and got two different books and author's books confused and wound up missing the target you might say and did the wrong review on the wrong author's book,see? Please forgive me all for this mistake,alright? Great work S.J.! By Angela

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hamer

    A book for children aged six and upwards, and also for those who are kids at heart! "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." We see the world through the eyes of Daniel, a quirky nine-year-old boy, as he discovers a magic pencil in his attic. This is indeed no ordinary pencil, for whatever Daniel draws takes on a life of its own. His creations include Octobear, half teddy, half octopus, and Pizza-bot, a robot who can make pizzas whi A book for children aged six and upwards, and also for those who are kids at heart! "This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. "It's magic." We see the world through the eyes of Daniel, a quirky nine-year-old boy, as he discovers a magic pencil in his attic. This is indeed no ordinary pencil, for whatever Daniel draws takes on a life of its own. His creations include Octobear, half teddy, half octopus, and Pizza-bot, a robot who can make pizzas while solving algebraic equations. Daniel goes on one fun-packed adventure after another with his new creations, taking his best friend, Annie, along with him. As much as Daniel enjoys sharing his adventures with Annie, they test their friendship, and he starts to worry that he has lost her. During the battle to win her friendship back, he learns important life lessons, which we could all learn from. S. J. Henderson immerses us in the world of Daniel, and his magical creations. The humour carries the story along at quite a quick pace. I read this book in one sitting, and would have loved to read more. By the end, I felt sad to be saying good-bye to Daniel. This is S. J. Henderson’s first book; I certainly hope she is planning a sequel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elise Abram

    Nine year old Daniel likes to draw. When he finds a magic pencil hidden in the attic, the things he draws come to life. He shows the pencil to best friend Annie who gets jealous and stops speaking to him. Poor Daniel is heartbroken; he misses her terribly and his newly drawn "friends" don't fill the void. Will Annie ever forgive him? What will happen if anyone ever finds out about the creatures he draws turned real? Daniel the Draw-er was a quick and whimsical read. Like most children, Daniel has Nine year old Daniel likes to draw. When he finds a magic pencil hidden in the attic, the things he draws come to life. He shows the pencil to best friend Annie who gets jealous and stops speaking to him. Poor Daniel is heartbroken; he misses her terribly and his newly drawn "friends" don't fill the void. Will Annie ever forgive him? What will happen if anyone ever finds out about the creatures he draws turned real? Daniel the Draw-er was a quick and whimsical read. Like most children, Daniel has trouble fitting in and doesn't understand most of what his parents tell him. He is bullied, both by the kids at school and his older sister's boyfriend, and wishes for a way out. He plots of ways his drawings can help him in his situation, but learns there is strength in numbers, and the only true bully repellent is friendship. Henderson's writing style is light and simple, not a bad thing when your audience is middle-grade. Daniel the Draw-er is sure to help get young readers hooked on reading and writing. After all, isn't that what writers do? Imagine our creations real? Mamabear gives this book: five-bearsNote: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Rodrigues

    Full and detailed review at http://cynthology.blogspot.com/2015/0... Daniel the Draw-er is a charming book for children that holds appeal for grownups too. Written as the first person present tense account of Daniel, the book is sure to appeal to readers. Nine-year-old Daniel is a remarkable voice. He has just the right mix of naiveté and the ability to see through the pretense of the adults around him. He makes observations about adults, how they are supposed to be smart, but aren’t always. How Full and detailed review at http://cynthology.blogspot.com/2015/0... Daniel the Draw-er is a charming book for children that holds appeal for grownups too. Written as the first person present tense account of Daniel, the book is sure to appeal to readers. Nine-year-old Daniel is a remarkable voice. He has just the right mix of naiveté and the ability to see through the pretense of the adults around him. He makes observations about adults, how they are supposed to be smart, but aren’t always. How they are always making pronouncements about what is or isn’t healthy for children. Even as he speaks of big things, he remains a child, his childishness seen through the little details, the way he drinks straight from the carton and wipes his milk moustache on his sleeve. I read this story out loud to La Niña and El Niño and both gave it a delighted thumbs up. They giggled through the reading, particularly when Pi-zzabot and Mr Whiskers, the cat, came on the scene. Of course, I exercised parental discretion when reading Daniel’s observations out loud, toning them down suitably to suit the ears of my wee ones, and omitting passages that might shock them. Or give them ideas.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Wyckoff

    This book sounded interesting and I was excited to receive a copy of it through First Reads. Unfortunately, it was not all that I had hoped. Overall, the writing was okay, but rather coarse. It seemed too rigid and formal in many places, and some of the dialogue felt stilted. The plot was simple and direct, with few deviations or subplots. While part of that has to do with it being a lower middle grade book, it was more than that. I was not surprised by anything that happened in terms of the und This book sounded interesting and I was excited to receive a copy of it through First Reads. Unfortunately, it was not all that I had hoped. Overall, the writing was okay, but rather coarse. It seemed too rigid and formal in many places, and some of the dialogue felt stilted. The plot was simple and direct, with few deviations or subplots. While part of that has to do with it being a lower middle grade book, it was more than that. I was not surprised by anything that happened in terms of the underlying storyline. To me the biggest issue, and which almost drove this down to a solid two stars, was the lack of illustrations. This book is not only middle grade, but about a boy who is constantly drawing. It needs illustrations! Lots of them! But other than a relatively basic drawing on the cover, there is nothing at all. The story was nice enough, but when compared to other books, I feel I am being generous at rounding it up from two and a half stars to three.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rohi Shetty

    What I liked best in this book is the unique narrative voice of Daniel - he's exceptionally funny without trying too hard. I started this book and then I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny one-liners and twists and turns. Also, great cover. Some of my favorite lines in this book: "If I owned a cape I would make sure it flapped in the breeze behind me the whole time, but capes weren’t on the shopping list for school clothes this year." "...Annie always smells like peanut butter and wears her b What I liked best in this book is the unique narrative voice of Daniel - he's exceptionally funny without trying too hard. I started this book and then I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny one-liners and twists and turns. Also, great cover. Some of my favorite lines in this book: "If I owned a cape I would make sure it flapped in the breeze behind me the whole time, but capes weren’t on the shopping list for school clothes this year." "...Annie always smells like peanut butter and wears her brother’s old jeans. Back in kindergarten she ate an earthworm and that’s when I knew she was the one." "Dad must have carried me down here in the middle of the night. He’s officially my least favorite parent." "Set fire to one kitchen and everyone freaks out." Highly recommended for all children - from 6 to 106. (I received a free copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teressa

    "One of the Cutest Children's Stories I've Heard" DANIEL THE DRAW-ER was incredibly cute with adorable characters. He's actually an artist who'd drawn a white cat that came to life and began talking to him. The cat's name was Whiskers and he told Daniel that his pencil was magic. In fact all his characters had come to life in this incredibly cute story. There's also something to be learned here about friendship. S. J. HENDERSON is a terrific children's author. I love listening to children's books "One of the Cutest Children's Stories I've Heard" DANIEL THE DRAW-ER was incredibly cute with adorable characters. He's actually an artist who'd drawn a white cat that came to life and began talking to him. The cat's name was Whiskers and he told Daniel that his pencil was magic. In fact all his characters had come to life in this incredibly cute story. There's also something to be learned here about friendship. S. J. HENDERSON is a terrific children's author. I love listening to children's books and this one was especially good combined with the outstanding narration by JAY PRICHARD. His voice makes the characters come to life and almost leap right from the story. His spectacular vocal skills made this a fun listen. I know my grandchildren will love this. It was attention holding and each character stood out. Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Tortorello

    What a fun book to read! As a teacher, I come across "reluctant readers" quite often. Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson will certainly grasp the attention of those readers. Daniel's mom thinks it's important for Daniel to make some new friends, but he is very happy with having one friend, his very best friend, Annie. Annie is a down-to-earth fun character who isn't afraid to get dirty, eat worms, or hang around with a boy. And, in this day and age of technology, it is nice to read about a boy What a fun book to read! As a teacher, I come across "reluctant readers" quite often. Daniel the Draw-er by S.J. Henderson will certainly grasp the attention of those readers. Daniel's mom thinks it's important for Daniel to make some new friends, but he is very happy with having one friend, his very best friend, Annie. Annie is a down-to-earth fun character who isn't afraid to get dirty, eat worms, or hang around with a boy. And, in this day and age of technology, it is nice to read about a boy using his own imagination. Daniel is content drawing pictures of cool inventions, but when Whiskers the cat comes to life and tells Daniel his pencil is not an ordinary pencil, the magic and adventure really begins!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Port

    This was a fun and witty read! Daniel is stuck between wanting total control over the magic pencil he has found and wanting to keep his only friend, who desperately wants to borrow it. His mother would like him to have more than just one friend, but how can you top a girl who will eat worms on a dare? In the meantime, he deals with his big sister’s mean boyfriend and has adventures with the creatures he creates. My 8 year old got a kick out of the many predicaments Daniel got himself into, and I This was a fun and witty read! Daniel is stuck between wanting total control over the magic pencil he has found and wanting to keep his only friend, who desperately wants to borrow it. His mother would like him to have more than just one friend, but how can you top a girl who will eat worms on a dare? In the meantime, he deals with his big sister’s mean boyfriend and has adventures with the creatures he creates. My 8 year old got a kick out of the many predicaments Daniel got himself into, and I expect there will be more adventures of Daniel the Draw-er to come! This book seems ideal for ages 8 to 11, and will have special appeal for any child (girl or boy) who likes to draw.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Sarff

    Checked this out from the Kindle Lending library. Both and I my son enjoyed it quite a bit. It had a certain nostalgic appeal to the way it was written. The two main characters Daniel and his good friend, Annie, reminded me a little bit of the couple at the beginning of UP. As many reviews have pointed out, Danny has a magic pencil. Everything he draws comes to life and causes a lot of mischief. I especially liked Whiskers, the cat and I enjoyed the part in the book where the little boy decides Checked this out from the Kindle Lending library. Both and I my son enjoyed it quite a bit. It had a certain nostalgic appeal to the way it was written. The two main characters Daniel and his good friend, Annie, reminded me a little bit of the couple at the beginning of UP. As many reviews have pointed out, Danny has a magic pencil. Everything he draws comes to life and causes a lot of mischief. I especially liked Whiskers, the cat and I enjoyed the part in the book where the little boy decides that having a talking cat is way cooler than his cape. My son and I read it in two sittings. I highly recommend this book for ages 9 and younger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    With Daniel the Draw-er, S. J. Henderson has created a wonderful children’s book. Daniel learns that actions have consequences, and that friendship is a valuable gift. Daniel the Draw-er is a heart-warming and fun read – there are no lags. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. Daniel the Draw-er is a great story not only for children – a truly enjoyable re With Daniel the Draw-er, S. J. Henderson has created a wonderful children’s book. Daniel learns that actions have consequences, and that friendship is a valuable gift. Daniel the Draw-er is a heart-warming and fun read – there are no lags. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. Daniel the Draw-er is a great story not only for children – a truly enjoyable read. This is a book to read, read again, and/or give as a gift.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reads A-Lot

    Daniel is a witty, frank, and precocious boy with a wild imagination. Then a magical pencil allows him to draw anything to life. This reminds me of the lovable story, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Daniel and Annie embark on a crazy adventure. Sometimes the things Daniel came up with were too far-fetched and silly. For example, SAP (Super Amazingpants)???? Fighter of Crimes of Fashion? Of course, not all drawings worked out. A great, fun story for kids! A quick and easy read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Collins

    I read this book with my 11 year-old son, Daniel. I thought it was fantastic. The grammar and language use is perfect for the target audience, it's fun, funny, exciting (at least at an appropriate level for middle grade), and teaches some great morals. It's a pretty quick read (I finished it in about an hour), so it should even work well for kids who have trouble sitting still. I'd recommend it for the 4th-6th grade crowd, or thereabouts. I read this book with my 11 year-old son, Daniel. I thought it was fantastic. The grammar and language use is perfect for the target audience, it's fun, funny, exciting (at least at an appropriate level for middle grade), and teaches some great morals. It's a pretty quick read (I finished it in about an hour), so it should even work well for kids who have trouble sitting still. I'd recommend it for the 4th-6th grade crowd, or thereabouts.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Griffiths

    ​S.J. Henderson's "Daniel" is a super book. Quite unique, though it did remind me of the Magic Bed series.Great adventures (remember the times we explored the hidden places we were barred from) lots of action and excitement, and subtle messages for our young persons, definitely not in your face which can often ruin some children's stories. It's humorous, imaginative and artiistic in it's own right. Well done Ms Henderson, I'll be happy to recommend this book. ​S.J. Henderson's "Daniel" is a super book. Quite unique, though it did remind me of the Magic Bed series.Great adventures (remember the times we explored the hidden places we were barred from) lots of action and excitement, and subtle messages for our young persons, definitely not in your face which can often ruin some children's stories. It's humorous, imaginative and artiistic in it's own right. Well done Ms Henderson, I'll be happy to recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz Haverstick

    A thoroughly enjoyable story. Daniel's mishaps, adventures, and lessons are relatable to kids of all ages. I can't wait to read it to my 5 year-old step-son, and I know my 7 year-old step-daughter will devour it. A thoroughly enjoyable story. Daniel's mishaps, adventures, and lessons are relatable to kids of all ages. I can't wait to read it to my 5 year-old step-son, and I know my 7 year-old step-daughter will devour it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a funny story with a message about friends. I fell in love with Daniel and his story, so I shared him with my sons. They loved the story as well, and I loved the laughter they had when I read it. Hope there is more to come!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This book was adorable! The voice, the drawings, everything! I don't read much MG anymore, but this quick and awesome read was worth it! I laughed out loud and really enjoyed it the whole time. Now I want my own magic pencil :) This book was adorable! The voice, the drawings, everything! I don't read much MG anymore, but this quick and awesome read was worth it! I laughed out loud and really enjoyed it the whole time. Now I want my own magic pencil :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    What a fantastic read! SJ Henderson really knows her stuff of getting into the mind set of a 9-year old boy. Daniel's dialogue is spot on and really funny at times. I found myself laughing out loud many times. The imagination of both the author and writer is wonderful!!! What a fantastic read! SJ Henderson really knows her stuff of getting into the mind set of a 9-year old boy. Daniel's dialogue is spot on and really funny at times. I found myself laughing out loud many times. The imagination of both the author and writer is wonderful!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Courtenay Grabowski

    My eleven year old son read this. He says, "It is well written and funny. Sometimes I would like a little more detail, but overall I really enjoyed the book. I am glad that I read it and will share it with my friends!" My eleven year old son read this. He says, "It is well written and funny. Sometimes I would like a little more detail, but overall I really enjoyed the book. I am glad that I read it and will share it with my friends!"

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    This was a well-written story of friendship for young readers about nine-year-old Daniel, his best friend Annie, and a magic pencil that brings to life whatever Daniel draws. Great fantasy that I wish I could have read as a child!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krysten Hager

    The author definitely has the narrator's voice down. This was an entertaining and fun read. Definitely would recommend it. The author definitely has the narrator's voice down. This was an entertaining and fun read. Definitely would recommend it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mahara

    Such witty fun. A world where anything is possible and families are irritating. Easy to connect to. Lots of laughs. :)

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