Rabbit Room Press, 2017.  Ages 7-11.     Amazon     •   Barnes & Noble     •      The Rabbit Room      •  Indiebound

Rabbit Room Press, 2017.  Ages 7-11. 
Amazon • Barnes & Noble •  The Rabbit Room  Indiebound

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 vanquish the threat of a rampaging Chalk Dragon, Sir Henry Penwhistle, Knight of La Muncha Elementary School, is going to have to do more than just catch his art—he’s going to have to let his imagination run wild. And that takes bravery.

Illustrations © Benjamin Schipper

Altogether, a delicious faceoff between forces of conformity and creativity run amok, spiced with offbeat names as well as insights expressed with eloquent simplicity.
— Booklist (starred review)
A perfect title to hand to young readers looking for laughs along with a wild and crazy adventure.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Jennifer Trafton has done it again, crafting a whimsical story that will delight readers young and old. For all who feel that they have art inside of them that needs to come out—this book will give you the courage to be who you are and make something beautiful for the world.
— Sarah Mackenzie, Read-Aloud Revival
Besides being a very funny and engaging story, Henry and the Chalk Dragon is a very wise book about the interplay between courage, creativity, and friendship. Jennifer Trafton has given us all a gift.
— Jonathan Rogers, author The Wilderking Trilogy
One of the absolute best read-aloud stories we have ever read.
— Plumfield and Paideia
It isn’t too often that you find a novel that is all about keeping your imagination.
— Unleashing Readers
You start reading some books and you know they are going to be a read aloud hit in the classroom. . . Young readers really connect to those characters because there is a little bit of each of them in Henry.
— NC Teacher Stuff
What happens when creativity is suppressed until it becomes its own sentient being? . . . Trafton has written a marvelous story about not worrying if you fit the mold.
— This Kid Reviews Books
Reading this book, I felt Trafton was talking just as much to me, the adult reader, as she was to her child audience. We adults often forget that we are all artists.
— House full of Bookworms