Friday, May 8, 2015
My Pen, by Christopher Myers. Disney-Hyperion, Hachette. 2015. $17.99 ages 4 and up
GIANTS OF OLD MEN
WHO HAVE SEEN
THEN MY PEN PUTS
THESE GIANTS IN THE
WARM, SWEET HANDS
OF THE SMALLEST
My word! What a tremendous work of art this is. It is a perfectly crafted testament to the power of the imagination! Christopher Myers shows his captivated readers just what a pen can do.
A young boy asserts that there are many 'rich' and 'famous' people who can make him feel without worth, until he remembers that he has power in his pen. He then proceeds to show us the remarkable artistic ability he has and how that creativity emboldens him. In a very honest voice, he shows us that his vulnerability is real; he also knows that his pen can change the way he feels in the face of it.
There are so many places that his pen can take him: to the clouds, dinosaur riding, sailing to Africa. While his pen has some worries, they can be overcome with love and affection. Despite its seeming insignificance, there is much that it can do. The adventures are unlimited, the possibilities joyful. But, not always right!
Using pen and ink Christopher Myers conjures the grand world of the imagination and the abundant beauty of the creative spirit. I have pored over his illustrations endlessly with awe and great admiration!
"There are a million pens in the world
and each one has a million worlds inside it.
So if you have a pen, see what you can do -
let those worlds inside your pen out!"
What a glorious invitation!