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School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Eraser is tired of cleaning up after bossy and arrogant Pencil; she knows she is destined for more. She shares her desire to be creative with her encouraging friends Ruler and Sharpener. When the school supplies begin working on a big science project, Eraser may get her chance to shine. Educators will identify and appreciate Eraser's growth mind-set and all readers will find comfort in the opportunity to embrace second chances. The story is reminiscent of the Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit, but with different perspectives and complexities. Pastel illustrations and the use of curvy two-dimensional shapes bring everyday school supplies to life. VERDICT A delightful picture book that emboldens readers to embrace mistakes and elevates the eraser to hero status. A fun addition for storytimes and classroom read-alouds.—Jewelee Painter, Springfield Elementary School, Rilleyville, VA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/2018 Finally, the mighty Eraser gets her own book and distinctive voice in this desktop drama. While other anthropomorphic school supplies (Pencil and her friends are smart and creative, Tape and Glue get everyone to stick together, etc.), the disgruntled, pink rubber Eraser spends life actively sweeping up art and math mistakes as part of the cleanup crew. When the others gather round for a science project meeting, a hurt Eraser is denied a place at the tissue-box table. Tired of being Pencil’s “pooper-scooper,” Eraser leaves in a huff, landing in a trash can full of crumpled first drafts on heaps of paper, who chortle, “Mistakes . . . make us GREAT!” Puns abound in the clever writing. The lively and expressive cartoon characters’ features and figures are done in ink, watercolor, and brush pens, which animate their pedestrian functions into art. Fun for kids who spend important learning time with these objects. A cool companion to Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ now classics The Day the Crayons Quit? (2013) and The Day the Crayons Came Home? (2015). - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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