Today’s lunch was a small croissant with a little chicken curry inside and picture book reading. And one of those was Marker by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant. This short picture book is a due in mid/late June (which seems an odd time) as it is about the first day and the first few days of school.
Marker is a proud member of Teacher’s crew. And they are always there, ready to make their permanent mark on things. But during the writing of the rules, Marker makes a mistake. This throws them for a loop. After all, they have already lost their special place in the Super-Power mug to the new kid in class, Pink, so things must be over and done with for good now! Or are they? Like the rules for the student, Marker learns that sometimes you must include to get the job done and getting messy and making mistakes is really a good thing. And in the end, they end up making a new rule for everyone in the process.
The artwork is cute, cartoony and a bunch of pencils, markers, rulers, and erasers with eyes. Some kids might not be familiar with White Out, but that does not matter, and the point is the idea of friendship, working together and not giving up. These theme are humorously presented by Weyant. Everything is boldly colored, and even a pair of scissors is bubbly and rounded. The details are minimal but there as needed to move thing along and support the cast of kooky characters.
This is great for most school aged children, but even little kids can be exposed to the lessons inside.