"I recommend this as a welcome addition to any home library, as a beautifully creative work in a quality edition." ― Not Now, Adulthood
Simon enters the Land of Chalk Drawings, where his doodles spring to colorful life and join him in adventures that challenge his wits as well as his imagination. This exclusive collection comprises all four of author Edward McLachlan's Chalk stories, which served as the inspiration for the popular PBS and Nickelodeon animated shorts.
In the Land of Chalk Drawings: An unfinished stick figure asks to be completed and introduces Simon to a host of other drawings that need his attention.
Simon and the Chalk Drawing Army: Some soldiers have invaded the Land of Chalk Drawings and are making everyone drill to the point of exhaustion. With quick thinking, Simon finds a way to keep the soldiers busy, and the other drawings get a treat.
Simon and the Moon Rocket: Simon flies to the moon, where he's forced to solve a mountain of sums. How can he finish them all and get away?
Simon and the Dinosaur: All the children and animals have disappeared from the Land of Chalk Drawings ― they've been eaten by a dinosaur! Simon must rescue them and help the hungry dinosaur, too.
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Hailed as "the cartoonist's cartoonist," Edward McLachlan has contributed cartoons to Punch, Private Eye, the London Evening Standard, New Statesman, Playboy, and many other periodicals. He has also worked for several book publishers, has drawn advertisements, and has designed and written more than 300 commercial advertising films for clients including Renault and Alka-Seltzer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has four separate stories within: Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Simon and the Chalk Drawing Army, Simon and the Moon Rocket and Simon and the Dinosaur. Nerdy little Simon has a magic chalkboard and everything he draws becomes real in the Land of Chalk Drawings. His imagination ignites and his doodles take on a life of their own. One morning while going to school he passes along a fence where he has sketched a stick figure the day before. The figure magically peels himself off of the structure and pleads with Simon to please complete him. You see the drawing is incomplete as he is missing an eye, an arm and an ear. Simon agrees to help him out and upon completion the figure asks Simon to follow him because he has something important to show him. Curiosity reigns and Simon follows. He and the stick figure climb up a tall ladder, jump over the fence and enter into the enchanted Land of Chalk Drawings. This is the first book in the series. What he discovers there is pure magic! This collection of four stories was the catalyst that inspired the popular PBS and Nickelodeon animated shorts. In "Simon and the Chalk Drawing Army" we discover that some random soldiers have invaded the land and are relentlessly drilling the citizens to the point of exhaustion. Everything has to be perfect and in a straight line... "Yes Sir!!" Simon solves the problem, no problem, with his analytical, ingenious mind and in so doing the townies get a treat. "Simon and the Moon Rocket" has Simon taking an excursion to the moon of all places. He confronts an endless pile of sums (addition questions) to contend with and Simon rises to the occasion. To sum it all up he outsmarts them and escapes back to his reality. In "Simon and the Dinosaur" a strange phenomenon has occurred. All the children and animals in the Land of Chalk Drawings are gone. It's creepy and eery and totally empty there. Where is everyone? They in the belly of a big old dinosaur...they've been eaten up. Oh my! Simon has to use his wits to rescue everyone and appease that ever-hungry dinosaur! He is a hero to everyone in the land. Such sweet, delightful stories with the first episode date being March 29, 1976, narrated by Bernard Cribbins. Vintage, timeless stories are now resurrected for a whole new generation of kids to enjoy! (and adults too)