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Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.Inspired by a school essay their daughter Kate wrote in the third grade, the author and illustrator behind Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winner You Are (Not) Small have created a desktop drama about figuring out who you are, finding happiness, and the importance of second, third, and maybe even fourth chances.


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Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.Inspired by a school essay their daughter Kate wrote in the third grade, the author and illustrator behind Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winner You Are (Not) Small have created a desktop drama about figuring out who you are, finding happiness, and the importance of second, third, and maybe even fourth chances.

30 review for Eraser

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    In this children's picture book, the main character Eraser is feeling underappreciated. Overall, I thought this was just an okay read. I understand what the author was trying to do, but it felt a little underdeveloped and I think it would be confusing for the intended age group.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    As I was reading I felt like I've seen this thematic concept done in a less didactic and smoother way. And I'm very disturbed by the apparent "Indian" in a pipe cleaner "feathered" headdress dancing next to a turkey in the kumbaya scene. Why do illustrators need to include stereotypical and damaging representations? It ruins the rest of the book, as I cannot recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juliana

    This book was absolutely adorable! It's the tale of an eraser who's tired of only being around to clean up other messes. There are a bunch of school supply puns that made me smile and it was very clever. The eraser decides to leave and discovers that they're not there to just clean up messes. They're there to give everybody a second chance. It has a lovely message and really cute illustrations. Definitely one to read with your kids.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    My wife and I, in the midst of transition to empty nesters, like to read picture books to each other. We have a small sub-project right now where we read ones themed around pencils and erasers. This is the fourth and worst of the bunch. I have no specific complaints other than the main character just rubbed me the wrong way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    The artwork was cute but the message, though worthy, was heavy handed. Read it for the pictures and ignore the thin storyline.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I read an ARC of this picture book & it is gorgeous! Great illustrations & wonderful story. Anthropomorphic school supplies are classmates & all think they are great. Eraser learns that although she is different because she changes things, she is still unique and loved. Great message for children of all ages. I received it at the ALA annual conference where the author & illustrator were nice enough to sign it for my niece. I read an ARC of this picture book & it is gorgeous! Great illustrations & wonderful story. Anthropomorphic school supplies are classmates & all think they are great. Eraser learns that although she is different because she changes things, she is still unique and loved. Great message for children of all ages. I received it at the ALA annual conference where the author & illustrator were nice enough to sign it for my niece.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Eraser is ignored by the popular school supplies. He feels down on himself until he ends up in the trash can and discovers how many friends he has - first drafts think he's a hero. Pencil discovers that he's not so amazing without Eraser. Use to talk about celebrating everyone's strengths and gifts and cooperating together.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Cute story about the most misunderstood and undervalued writing and drawing tool-- the eraser. What does she really bring to the table? A whole lot of creativity we find out. Anna Kang's story and Christopher Weyant's illustrations are so cute and witty kids will love rooting for Eraser and cheer when she learns to truly believe in herself and others do too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Torina

    Great illustrations and nice story This is basically a story about how we take things and people for granted even though everyone and everything plays an important role. Very nicely done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Eraser, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, a look at how teamwork requires respect and cooperation. Eraser is just as hardworking and dedicated as the other school supplies, but she can’t help but feel overlooked. After all, nearly all the other supplies create something, but her work leaves no trace behind. What’s worse, while she does This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Eraser, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, a look at how teamwork requires respect and cooperation. Eraser is just as hardworking and dedicated as the other school supplies, but she can’t help but feel overlooked. After all, nearly all the other supplies create something, but her work leaves no trace behind. What’s worse, while she does all the proofreading and erases all the mistakes Pencil makes, Pencil always takes credit for her work, causing a Pencil to be lauded while Eraser is largely ignored. After her attempt to contribute creatively to a project is mocked by Pencil and the others, Eraser has had enough, and decides to move on. She takes a flying leap off the desk, landing in the wastebin, where she finds an unexpected group of supporters. Meanwhile, without Eraser to help correct mistakes, Pencil and the others find that perfection doesn’t come nearly as easy as it once did. Clever! The dialogue-exclusive story uses a clever metaphor about the importance of diverse talents – mixed in with a healthy heaping of office supply-related puns, to explore why it’s important to respect every member of a team or group, no matter how unimportant their role may appear. After all, it’s often the people behind-the-scenes that do the most work of all. The illustrations are very cute, creating simple character designs out of easily-recognizable school supplies, which will spark little ones’ imaginations about the familiar objects. The length is good, and JJ enjoyed it, so this one’s Baby Bookworm approved! (Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.) Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  11. 4 out of 5

    JennE

    Cute illustrations Pencil is cool and only needs Eraser when she makes mistakes. Eraser becomes tired of being Pencil's "pooper scooper" and tries to show she can do more than "fix mistakes" but the "cool kids" only see her as the clean-up. When Eraser runs away, Pencil and the other school tools realize they need her. There are also several puns throughout the storyline that will appeal to primary age readers. Eraser is a book to add to a collection of themes about being unique, we all have some Cute illustrations Pencil is cool and only needs Eraser when she makes mistakes. Eraser becomes tired of being Pencil's "pooper scooper" and tries to show she can do more than "fix mistakes" but the "cool kids" only see her as the clean-up. When Eraser runs away, Pencil and the other school tools realize they need her. There are also several puns throughout the storyline that will appeal to primary age readers. Eraser is a book to add to a collection of themes about being unique, we all have something to contribute and working together, but it isn't strong in that theme. The illustrations are truly engaging and make the story. As a teacher, the idea of Eraser as the reason Pencil makes an "A" in math and then makes an "F" without her is disappointing. For a meatier storyline about teamwork and being appreciated, I recommend The Day the Crayons Quit and for puns, The Legend of Rock, Paper Scissors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Great book to talk about teamwork and making mistakes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara Texas Girl Reads

    I love books in which inanimate objects come to life and have their own personalities. (Such as The Day the Crayons Quit!) Even better? When they have a great message for kids. Eraser, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, has both of these things. This is another great back to school book for younger kids, and would make a perfect addition to a classroom library. Eraser tells the story of an eraser who doesn’t feel as important as her colleagues. Pencil is so sharp, and eve I love books in which inanimate objects come to life and have their own personalities. (Such as The Day the Crayons Quit!) Even better? When they have a great message for kids. Eraser, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, has both of these things. This is another great back to school book for younger kids, and would make a perfect addition to a classroom library. Eraser tells the story of an eraser who doesn’t feel as important as her colleagues. Pencil is so sharp, and everyone thinks he’s the coolest. Crayons? They make beautiful art. Even tape and glue help hold things together. All eraser does is clean up after others. She’s ready to do more. When she goes on a journey to try and be something she isn’t, eraser discovers how important she really is, and everyone around her appreciates what she brings to the table. Literally. This is a really fun book, and the illustrations are super cute and detailed. Kids will find all kinds of silly situations in them. But what I really love about it is the (not so subtle) message of acceptance, both of yourself and by others. Eraser wants to be like other school supplies, and refuses to see how much talent and skill she actually has. When she starts to believe in herself and realizes her own self-worth, all the others do too, and she decides not to let her particular skill be lessened ever again. I realize I’m talking about an eraser’s self-worth, but I think that self-worth and self-respect are issues with kids today that are only getting bigger, and this story breaks it down in a simple, fun way. Eraser is a cute, very well-illustrated story about an eraser, but it’s a great way to open up conversations with kids about how awesome they really are. It also shows how we should celebrate other people’s talents, even if they’re completely different from ours. I highly recommend this book for kids and classrooms!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    What an original idea! We all know that pencils. pens, chalk, rulers, brushes all have use when creating something. But the eraser? But just think – What happens when we make a mistake? What do we reach for? The quiet and humble eraser. Only Ruler and Pencil Sharpener recognize Eraser’s value to the team. They know that Eraser makes everyone look good by cleaning up their mistakes. So what happens when Eraser has had enough and decides to leave? That’s is when they all learn that Eraser is not t What an original idea! We all know that pencils. pens, chalk, rulers, brushes all have use when creating something. But the eraser? But just think – What happens when we make a mistake? What do we reach for? The quiet and humble eraser. Only Ruler and Pencil Sharpener recognize Eraser’s value to the team. They know that Eraser makes everyone look good by cleaning up their mistakes. So what happens when Eraser has had enough and decides to leave? That’s is when they all learn that Eraser is not there just to clean up mistakes. Eraser also helps give everybody a second chance. This fun-to-read book is absolutely darling. The illustrations are fun to mull over, catching all the little subtleties (i.e., Crayon tells Pencil Sharpener “You make a very fine point.”). These inanimate objects are brought to life and given personalities. Such delight! I chuckled over the use of cute puns – Pencil is sharp but says Eraser has one job – to clean up after him. Tape and Glue can get anyone to stick together. This very clever book should be in every classroom. It is guaranteed to make children smile. It provides opportunities to discuss messages all children need to hear: the value of self-worth (figuring out what you have to offer) and self-respect, and the importance of second chances. Perfect for ages 3 - 7 years (but parents will love it too).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    “I’m tired of being Pencil’s pooper-scooper.” Eraser wants to be more than just the one who cleans up the mess. The most popular supplies, like crayon, highlighter, glue and pencil are the creative ones. And “Tape and Glue, they can get anyone to stick together.” Eraser would like to be creative, too. But none of the other supplies are willing to give Eraser a chance. “Eraser has one job: to clean up after me. It’s not my fault she can’t actually make anything.” So Eraser decides to run away and “I’m tired of being Pencil’s pooper-scooper.” Eraser wants to be more than just the one who cleans up the mess. The most popular supplies, like crayon, highlighter, glue and pencil are the creative ones. And “Tape and Glue, they can get anyone to stick together.” Eraser would like to be creative, too. But none of the other supplies are willing to give Eraser a chance. “Eraser has one job: to clean up after me. It’s not my fault she can’t actually make anything.” So Eraser decides to run away and meets all the paper that was the first draft of something. To them, Eraser is a hero. “I DO create. I create second chances. Mistakes make us GREAT!” Adorable. A definite add to the library collection.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    Let's chat ...I ran onto Amazon to see what was on sale and just new ...found this cutie ...look at that cover!! SOLD ...it was a free read for PRIME members (let's me) how to decide this read, like a cartoon and it is like a little movie on your kindle ... so awesome!! loved it ...wish it was longer ...but i know it is meant for kids not me ... a 40 years old ... but I LOVED IT!! so awesome. great art work, great story and you feel for the eraser and see show she feels ... love it! must read. b Let's chat ...I ran onto Amazon to see what was on sale and just new ...found this cutie ...look at that cover!! SOLD ...it was a free read for PRIME members (let's me) how to decide this read, like a cartoon and it is like a little movie on your kindle ... so awesome!! loved it ...wish it was longer ...but i know it is meant for kids not me ... a 40 years old ... but I LOVED IT!! so awesome. great art work, great story and you feel for the eraser and see show she feels ... love it! must read. blink and it is over but i would so guess it would keep a child's thoughts or attention as long as it is .. ( ;

  17. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    Let's chat ...I ran onto Amazon to see what was on sale and just new ...found this cutie ...look at that cover!! SOLD ...it was a free read for PRIME members (let's me) how to decide this read, like a cartoon and it is like a little movie on your kindle ... so awesome!! loved it ...wish it was longer ...but i know it is meant for kids not me ... a 40 years old ... but I LOVED IT!! so awesome. great art work, great story and you feel for the eraser and see show she feels ... love it! must read. b Let's chat ...I ran onto Amazon to see what was on sale and just new ...found this cutie ...look at that cover!! SOLD ...it was a free read for PRIME members (let's me) how to decide this read, like a cartoon and it is like a little movie on your kindle ... so awesome!! loved it ...wish it was longer ...but i know it is meant for kids not me ... a 40 years old ... but I LOVED IT!! so awesome. great art work, great story and you feel for the eraser and see show she feels ... love it! must read. blink and it is over but i would so guess it would keep a child's thoughts or attention as long as it is .. ( ;

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I work with kids ages 1 and up so from time to time I like to check out new picture books to see what’s happening and what I can use in therapy, recommend to parents, or gift to friends with kids. This one was adorable. And I liked the premise of how the under appreciated support tools like eraser, ruler and pencil sharpener to create something— possibility. Wonderful metaphor for kids, we all have special things to bring to the table, and encourages appreciating those differences. Valuable less I work with kids ages 1 and up so from time to time I like to check out new picture books to see what’s happening and what I can use in therapy, recommend to parents, or gift to friends with kids. This one was adorable. And I liked the premise of how the under appreciated support tools like eraser, ruler and pencil sharpener to create something— possibility. Wonderful metaphor for kids, we all have special things to bring to the table, and encourages appreciating those differences. Valuable lesson to start young and repeat often.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    The joys of “do overs” Eraser is discouraged because she isn’t creative like Pencil and some of her other friends. All she can do is take things away, never making something new. But when Eraser isn’t around Pencil discovers he needs the grace of second chances she provides. Working together they find that each brings out the best in the other. Teachers or librarians might share this brief story with children then share a book or two illustrated by Floyd Cooper in which the art was created by pai The joys of “do overs” Eraser is discouraged because she isn’t creative like Pencil and some of her other friends. All she can do is take things away, never making something new. But when Eraser isn’t around Pencil discovers he needs the grace of second chances she provides. Working together they find that each brings out the best in the other. Teachers or librarians might share this brief story with children then share a book or two illustrated by Floyd Cooper in which the art was created by painting the background then erasing and removing color to create the image.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    Okay, I was grouchy the first time I read this-- probably from the icky blurb on the inner jacket, about this being about "figuring out who you are, finding happiness, and the importance of second,third, and maybe even fourth chances." Gag. But on a second reading I enjoyed it. Sure, there's a lesson here, but it is carefully disguised in a funny story with lots of jokes for kids big enough to get them, and energetic art. This is about a 3.75, but I decided on the 3 because of the jacket. Get a b Okay, I was grouchy the first time I read this-- probably from the icky blurb on the inner jacket, about this being about "figuring out who you are, finding happiness, and the importance of second,third, and maybe even fourth chances." Gag. But on a second reading I enjoyed it. Sure, there's a lesson here, but it is carefully disguised in a funny story with lots of jokes for kids big enough to get them, and energetic art. This is about a 3.75, but I decided on the 3 because of the jacket. Get a better editor to write the blurbs.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Winden herr

    Cute This book was super cute I enjoyed the characters . Period we connected with each and every one of them my daughter and I thought it was a super cute book I suggest that anyone buy it and read it to their elementary age student children because it is so adorable the author did a great job it teaches you that in the race using your racer on your pencil you can do way more than you actually thought you could in a very cute way of saying It

  22. 4 out of 5

    BLS and QF

    Cute and witty Cute and witty. I can't wait to share it with my daughter. Relatable character for the young reader and funny commentaries for the parents (ie you're so sharp pencil and you make a fine point pencil sharpener) Lessonsd: everyone is important, it's all about perspective, and team work makes the dream work.

  23. 4 out of 5

    M. Turner

    Eraser by Kang--a cute idea This brings the fact that mistakes are made, and it is good that some can be corrected even if merely by eraser. Humor is shown in Whiteout and his friend Eraser wanting to be more than they are. The first drafts show Eraser that sometimes we have friends we don't always know about. This is a pleasant quick read for all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diane Shanks-correia

    Oh, the Possibilities I spend much of the beginning of the year teaching students how to fail. We use the acronym First Attempt In Learning. This goes beyond that and connects it to second chances or trying again. It teaches patience and persistance. This would also be a great way to introduce the Engineering and Design process. I love the possibilities.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I liked what this book was trying to do with topics of teamwork and perseverance, but it felt very disconnected and didn't come across fully. Also, I appreciated others pointing out the stereotypical representation of Native Americans with the pipe cleaners singing "Kumbaya" on the sixth page as I missed it during my first read. I don't find this an appropriate representation for children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Jones

    Such a sweet story. Even though I'm a young 65, this book was my instant pick for the month. I can't say Kindle prime fiction choices appeal to me. Wish there were more nonfiction choices. This sweet story was thoroughly delightful for the kid that should still be in all of us.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittnee

    The story is super cute. Kids can easily pull out a variety of lessons. This would be a great springboard for topics like kindness, inclusion, and being okay with making mistakes. The illustrations are adorable. I love each of the little characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laela

    This book has a lot of good dad jokes. The illustrations sell it. It is a little cheesy in spots.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie

    Our 5 year old loves this books and easily understood the message of everyone has something to contribute no mater how seemingly small —-

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Gutzwiller

    This is a cute story with cute illustrations surrounded by a cute book. Did I mention cute and easy to read. There is a great message about making mistakes and everyone is important. This book is for 3-7 year olds. "I'm tired of being the cleanup crew," said eraser. Don't you ever want to be more? Everyone gather for a science project meeting. Not you eraser. This is a creative meeting. That might her make a picture that pencil sharpener and ruler liked. Achoo!!! Picture gone. Eraser gets upset This is a cute story with cute illustrations surrounded by a cute book. Did I mention cute and easy to read. There is a great message about making mistakes and everyone is important. This book is for 3-7 year olds. "I'm tired of being the cleanup crew," said eraser. Don't you ever want to be more? Everyone gather for a science project meeting. Not you eraser. This is a creative meeting. That might her make a picture that pencil sharpener and ruler liked. Achoo!!! Picture gone. Eraser gets upset and packs her bags and leaves. Does she come back? You get to listen/read and find out. I borrowed this book from Amazon Prime and so can you.

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