Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finally! The Little Red Pen: a review

Stevens, Janet. 2011. The Little Red Pen. Ill. by Susan Stevens Crummel. Boston: Harcourt Childrens.

Finally!  I've been dying to get my hands on this book ever since I saw it during a spring preview webinar!  It was worth the wait.

You know the story of the industrious Little Red Hen, you know, the one who planted the seeds, raised the wheat, milled the flour, and baked the bread without any help from her lazy friends?  Well, look out, 'cause here comes the desk set version -  the Little Red Pen with her similarly unhelpful friends, Eraser, Pencil, Highlighter, Scissors, Stapler and SeƱorita Chincheta (don't you dare call her Pushpin!) - and they've got papers to grade! But unlike the traditional story, this Little Red Pen can't do it all on her own.  She's collapsed from exhaustion and fallen into  "The Pit of No Return!" (aka "The Trash")

With puns

"I have another bright idea," said Highlighter.

"What? Me, a bridge?" Ruler snapped. "I'm not budging an inch."

She's pushing!  Well, I'm a pushpin! 
and hilarious artwork, The Little Red Pen makes a point and gets an A+ in the grade book!

Written and illustrated by siblings, Janet and Susan, it must have been a lot of fun!
An Activity Kit is available from the publisher.

Highly recommended!


  1. Oh, I LOVE Janet Stevens! I can't wait to get my hands on this, thanks for reviewing it!

  2. What a fun idea! I love when traditional story are retold and modernized. I'll be looking out for this one.