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

You have to be brave
to be an artist

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.

    Use Henry and the Chalk Dragon in the Classroom

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    This curriculum guide is intended to provide a teacher or parent with ideas and tools for using Henry and the Chalk Dragon to enhance writing, vocabulary, and comprehension skills while at the same time encouraging kids to use their imaginations and to be creative. Suitable for a traditional classroom, a homeschool group, or a family reading the book together, the activities and worksheets are aimed at 2nd through 4th grade students but are adaptable to other ages as needed. Where appropriate, relevant Common Core State Standards are noted. Includes discussion questions, group activities, student worksheets, completion certificate, and printable bookmarks.

    Extras . . . 

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    If you purchase Henry and the Chalk Dragon from the Rabbit Room Store, you receive two free downloadable coloring pages with illustrations from the book. 


    This quotation from the book (hand-lettered by me) measures 3" x 6" and can be cut to fit an A5-size journal or printed on sticker paper. Click here to download the free PDF. 

    What people are saying . . .

    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