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Once upon a time in pencil school, a teacher named Mrs. 2 told her class, 'Today we're going to write a story!' 'Yippee!' said the birthday pencil. 'Slammin?!' said the basketball pencil. 'Sharp!' said Little Red. So begins a hilarious re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of story composition, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000), and saves the day. This smart, entertaining book combines a lot of silly jokes with a satisfying story and an insightful exploration of children's writing process.
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About the Author

Joan Holub has hundreds of pencils. Some are red. Others are glittery, sporty or full of holiday cheer. They are all super sharp and good at writing books. They've helped Joan write over 130 books, including Zero The Hero (with Tom Lichtenheld) and Knuckleheads. Luckily, her pencils can stand on their heads because she does lots of erasing along the way! Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning River of Words and the Sibert Medal-winning Balloons Over Broadway.


"A very funny picture book that, I guarantee you, lots of savvy teachers will be eagerly sharing with students as part of the process of teaching creative writing." - Richie Partington MLIS, Richie's Picks "Every elementary teacher should have this book to begin their writing units."-- Play on Words "What a CLEVER, CLEVER story!"-- I Love to Read and Write Reviews "This clever adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood has so many levels of creativity and learning... Every elementary teacher should have this book to begin their writing units."--Play on Words "So rich in words and wry humor-written and visual-that one reading just isn't enough."-School Library Journal, starred review "Every writers' group should start with this story."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Style, humor, and solid writing advice."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "An easy, winning prompt for beginning writers to abandon their fears and take up pencils of their own."-Booklist "This is an A-plus venture all the way, one that celebrates words and stories and is sure to entertain wannabe writers."--BookPage "A fun twist on the familiar "Little Red Riding Hood" fairy tale and a word lover's delight."--Common Sense Media "Reluctant writers will relate to this fun tale of defeating doubt and will gain confidence to share their words, no matter what the obstacles."--Lee Littlewood, Cretor's Syndicate " A perfect prompt for beginning writers to borrow from Little Red's basket of words and try their own stories."--Book Links, 2013 Lasting Connections Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2013 "Full of fun and information. Teachers and aspiring young writers will embrace this lively story."-The Horn Book Magazine School Library Journal Best Books of the Year Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of the Year "This clever retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is quite the story in itself, and also gives children a framework on how to write their own stories."--Library Media Connection "Packs several grammar lessons into a story borrowed heavily from Little Red Riding Hood."--Cool Mom Picks "The youngest of readers will appreciate this gorgeous tree-shaped board

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