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The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer

The Obstinate Pen

by Frank W. Dormer

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A funny book for young readers, though probably best as a read-aloud as the text is challenging for young readers.
  tania.taylor1967 | Jun 11, 2017 |
Horace gives a new pen to his uncle Floyd, but the pen writes whatever it wants, mostly insults--infuriating and confusing some characters, and amusing others. Eventually, the pen comes back to Horace, and he finds a way to tame the obstinate pen.
  widdowsd | Jun 5, 2017 |
The eponymous writing implement in this humorous picture-book refuses to write what the people holding it intend, penning what it chooses instead. Whether that be an insulting observation about the writer or a helpful hint about kissing someone (rather than writing them a ticket!), the pen remains obstinate, until it falls into the hands of young Horace. That young boy, choosing to do something entirely different with the pen, uses it to draw, and the pen complies...

I got quite a chuckle out of the pen's mischievous insults in Frank Dormer's The Obstinate Pen, and I would imagine that young listeners will likewise find it amusing. The artwork (watercolor, I think?) is appealing, highlighting the sardonic humor of the tale in a way that justifies the Quentin Blake comparison made by the reviewer in The Horn Book magazine. Recommended to anyone looking for entertaining and amusing picture-books, especially those that address issues of expression, whether literary or artistic. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 2, 2017 |
The pen only writes nonsense things when in the hands of adults. When Horace finally gets it, it allows him to create all his imagination can make. The simple illustrations help the story unravel as if told from Horace's drawings themselves ( )
  rachlara | Mar 18, 2017 |
A boys' uncle special orders a pen. Every time someone tries to use it instead of writing out what they are intending it has a mind of it's own and fills the page with silliness. The pen exchanges hands several times before coming back to the boy. When he tries it out it's not for writing but drawing and the pen is happy with him. It was a pen meant for drawing instead of writing words. This is a good bed-time story. A story that gets giggles and would also work well during carpet time during a kindergarten class to add a bit of fun to the day. ( )
  nicholekoch | Dec 2, 2016 |
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A writer that owns a pen that has its own story to tell.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805092951, Hardcover)

This is what Uncle Flood wants to write with his new pen:
The following story is all true.
But the pen does not write that sentence. Instead it writes:
You have a big nose!
Who knows what to do with a pen that has a will of its own?
Not Uncle Flood.
Not Officer Wonkle.
But young Horace has an idea. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:17 -0400)

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Uncle Flood is very pleased with his new pen until he tries to write with it and finds that it writes only what it wants to for him, and the series of people who try it after him, until finally his nephew Horace tries something new.

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