Academic journal article Language Arts

My Pen

Academic journal article Language Arts

My Pen

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My Pen Written and illustrated by Christopher Myers Disney/Hyperion, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4231-0371-4

Gorgeously simple in design and complex in meaning, Myers's picturebook gloriously captures perceptions of life and its imaginative possibilities in inventive prose and detailed black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations that range from the emotionally realistic (e.g., "My pen worries about all the wars in the world") to the whimsically surreal (e.g., "My pen rides dinosaurs and hides an elephant in a teacup").

Main character Aurelio reflects: "Sometimes I feel small when I see those rich and famous people. But then I remember I have my pen." And what an amazing tool! It shares intriguing similes ("My pen is smart as a snowflake") and engaging visual metaphors (butterfly-and-fountain-pen ribcages). In polysemous wordplay, the statement "My pen makes giants of old men who have seen better days" accompanies the visual juxtaposition of small Aurelio with a larger-than-life man in workday overalls. …

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