Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

Henry and the Chalk Dragon

In the town of Squashbuckle, just about anything can happen, and when Henry Penwhistle draws a mighty Chalk Dragon on his door, the dragon does what Henry least expects--it runs away. Now Henry's art is out in the world for everyone to see, and it's causing trouble for him and his schoolmates Oscar and Jade. If they don't stop it, the entire town could be doomed! To vanqui...

Title:Henry and the Chalk Dragon
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ISBN:0986381888
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

Henry and the Chalk Dragon Reviews

  • Helena Sorensen
    Oct 13, 2016

    Wacky, hilarious, and wise. Henry and the Chalk Dragon is masterfully done.

  • Sara
    Mar 23, 2017

    I love this book. Really, truly, and sincerely love this book. In fact, I am practically jumping out of my skin with excitement as I try to gather my thoughts and explain why this is one of the absolute best read aloud books we have ever read.

    I love this book because it is delightful. It is funny. It is tender. It is oh so wholesome. It is really real. It is wildly imaginative. It is deeply empowering. It is tragically necessary for our times.

    Lest you think that any of those expressions are cli

    I love this book. Really, truly, and sincerely love this book. In fact, I am practically jumping out of my skin with excitement as I try to gather my thoughts and explain why this is one of the absolute best read aloud books we have ever read.

    I love this book because it is delightful. It is funny. It is tender. It is oh so wholesome. It is really real. It is wildly imaginative. It is deeply empowering. It is tragically necessary for our times.

    Lest you think that any of those expressions are clichés, let me respond by saying that maybe that is totally appropriate to this book. You see, this book has a very old soul. This story is telling truths that are old and considered cliché by our culture, but those which are still absolutely true. Tragically, these truths are stuffed down deep inside of us and we have been trained to scorn them.

    I follow Jennifer Trafton on Instagram and I have purchased a number of prints from her Etsy shop. She has a very gifted hand and her art is so vibrant that it fills me hope and joy. But I think that her true genius is in her ability to turn a phrase. Not only does Trafton have beautiful things to say, but she writes them in such a way that they roll off the tongue with maximum impact. A bit like the opera singer who can hit all of the high notes without fail, Trafton’s writing has the listening audience laughing, crying, gasping, and shuddering all in the same chapter. Her stories are meant to be read aloud. They delight and entertain while they teach and nurture the reader.

    This book is not to be missed.

  • Kate Willis
    May 27, 2017

    This book caught me up and flew me along on the back of a frightening, jungle green dragon. I met a little boy wearing raincoat armor, who (much like myself) was bursting with creativity and afraid to let the world see it. I met Jade (the secret agent? alien? poet? knight?), the adorable bus driver Mr. Bruce, a few adults who used to be “superheroes”, and Oscar the scientist with an art of his own. I grinned my head off over the literary references (La Muncha? Pimpernel? Bigger on the inside? El

    This book caught me up and flew me along on the back of a frightening, jungle green dragon. I met a little boy wearing raincoat armor, who (much like myself) was bursting with creativity and afraid to let the world see it. I met Jade (the secret agent? alien? poet? knight?), the adorable bus driver Mr. Bruce, a few adults who used to be “superheroes”, and Oscar the scientist with an art of his own. I grinned my head off over the literary references (La Muncha? Pimpernel? Bigger on the inside? Elementary?) and felt Henry’s icy cold (like a popsicle) fear when all his worst nightmares seemed to be coming true. And I cried over the beautiful thing that happened to his chivalry and how he began to think of people. This book warmed my soul and taught me it takes courage to be an artist.

    Best quotes (just so you get a sample of this author’s BEAUTIFUL style :D ): “Dragons aren’t scary--well, they are, but they’re a good kind of scary. They’re the kind of scary you

    to be scared of. People are the bad kind of scary, he thought. Dragons can only eat you, but people can laugh at you, and that is like being chewed to death by a smile.”

    “It’s a dangerous thing to open a door. But that, after all, is the only way to find an adventure.”

    “Oscar,” said Henry, gazing up at the circle of blue sky, “if this day were a chocolate-covered peanut, you would be the chocolate.” Oscar grinned. “And you would be the nut.”

    Altogether, I loved this fresh, adorable, and brilliant book. (Even just looking up those quotes whetted my appetite for the descriptions and made me bawl like a baby. :P )

    (Just a note to parents of small children, some of the action gets pretty intense and there are several fantastical things that happen.)

  • Carey
    Apr 22, 2017

    There is so much to love about this book. It should be required reading for every teacher, parent, pastor, child, teen, and whatever-something. The writing is clever, laugh-out-loud funny, and moving. I am at once encouraged, challenged, and inspired. I cannot imagine you'll be disappointed, so pick it up and read it. The artist in you will thank you, especially if you haven't chatted in a while.

  • Jonathan Aman
    Mar 27, 2017

    I wish this could be required reading in schools. I read it aloud to my 5 and 8 year old over 2 Saturdays. It would have been faster, but the times we had to stop for laughter were too many to track.

    It would be a travesty to minimize this to just a teaching tool. But, it has profound takeaways for both artists and those who may or may not seek to understand them. For kids, that could be the dreamers with artistic gifts, the bullies who mock them, and everyone inbetween.

    But Trafton brilliantly p

    I wish this could be required reading in schools. I read it aloud to my 5 and 8 year old over 2 Saturdays. It would have been faster, but the times we had to stop for laughter were too many to track.

    It would be a travesty to minimize this to just a teaching tool. But, it has profound takeaways for both artists and those who may or may not seek to understand them. For kids, that could be the dreamers with artistic gifts, the bullies who mock them, and everyone inbetween.

    But Trafton brilliantly pulls that off in a book that is just a blast to read. Whether it be the spelling of the family pet's name, the best friend's scientific creation (I'm being purposefully vague), or the protagonist's spot on views of adults, it's chock full of wit and hilarity.

    Buy it for your young readers and get in on the fun, yourself!

  • Lara Lleverino
    Apr 05, 2017

    Beautiful beautiful glorious story! If you love the infinite variety of God's creativity when he made and is making the human race you will love this book! If you love people that are unique and understand that everyone brings something to the table this book is for you!

    Every elementary school student should be read this book and long discussions should happen about how special the people they know might be. It would go a long way to eliminating bullying issues and cliques and mean girl problem

    Beautiful beautiful glorious story! If you love the infinite variety of God's creativity when he made and is making the human race you will love this book! If you love people that are unique and understand that everyone brings something to the table this book is for you!

    Every elementary school student should be read this book and long discussions should happen about how special the people they know might be. It would go a long way to eliminating bullying issues and cliques and mean girl problem.

  • Carol Arnold
    Jun 13, 2017

    What an entertaining story! It is a children's book of a young boy's imagination. While I did enjoy the story, it was not one of the children's stories that transcends generations. I really could have put it down at any moment and not gone back, but not because it was not a good book. I just didn't find myself so interested in a little boy's drawings coming to life. I do think that my grandchildren would love it.

  • Cheryl
    Jun 18, 2017

    Henry is an artist, afraid to show his art. In his room, his imagination runs wild and he fills his sketchbook with drawings of all kinds., including a dragon on the chalkboard on the back of his bedroom door. In his room, he is safe. But at school, when his imagination runs wild and he wants to draw laser-eyed bunnies for National Vegetable Week instead of ordinary looking bunnies, traced with a pattern no less, his imagination gets him into trouble. A falling out with his best friend Oscar add

    Henry is an artist, afraid to show his art. In his room, his imagination runs wild and he fills his sketchbook with drawings of all kinds., including a dragon on the chalkboard on the back of his bedroom door. In his room, he is safe. But at school, when his imagination runs wild and he wants to draw laser-eyed bunnies for National Vegetable Week instead of ordinary looking bunnies, traced with a pattern no less, his imagination gets him into trouble. A falling out with his best friend Oscar adds to his load.

    But then, the chalk dragon comes to life, leaves his door and chaos ensues. Henry must be brave for the only way to stop the Chalk Dragon is with courage and art.

    It's a fun book for kids (and this adult). In a society that relegates art as a waste of time,

    show the importance of imagination, friendship, forgiveness, and unintended consequences.

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