Andrew Drew and Drew

Barney Saltzberg, Author
Barney Saltzberg. Abrams Appleseed, $15.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0377-5
Reviewed on: 09/17/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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Wordplay of the title aside, Saltzberg’s ode to drawing is fairly earnest and straightforward in its prose. The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing. His pencil lines sweep across white pages (“Andrew doodled and doodled. Sometimes he noodled”), and his creations take unpredictable shape, revealed bit-by-bit by overlapping gatefolds (a staircase Andrew draws eventually forms a dinosaur’s spiny back, and a cross-hatched night sky turns into a trumpet-nosed winged beast in the final spread). Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
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