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The Crayon Man
The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
By (author): Natascha Biebow Illustrated by: Steven Salerno
9781328866844 Hardcover, Picture book English Age (years) from 6 - 9 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Inventions Mar 19, 2019 Print Run: 25000
$25.99 CAD
Active 8.5 x 11 x 0.41 in | 400 gr 48 pages Full-color illustrations Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH Books for Young Readers
Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys. A perfect fit among favorites like The Day the Crayons QuitandBalloons Over Broadway.

purple mountains’ majesty, mauvelous, jungle green, razzmatazz…

What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color.

Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!

Natascha Biebow’s favorite crayon color is periwinkle blue because it makes her heart sing. She loves to draw and make stuff, just like Edwin Binney. She lives in London, where writes, edits, coaches and mentors children’s book authors and illustrators at Blue Elephant Storyshaping, and is the long-time Regional Advisor of SCBWI British Isles. This is her first non-fiction picture book. Find her

Steven Salerno has illustrated many popular picture books for children, includingBrothers at Bat andThe Fantastic Ferris Wheel. He lives and works in New York City.

- Booklist review
- School Library Journal review
- Publishers Weekly review
- Kirkus review

"British author Biebow's first nonfiction picture book flows with conversational smoothness....The attractive full-page—and, accordingly, brightly colorful—illustrations mix realism and whimsy in Salerno's recognizable style."–Booklist

"A colorful addition to the shelves of picture books about inventors and inventions and all things STEAM."–School Library Journal

"Readers are likely to be fascinated."–Publishers Weekly

In this chatty, engaging picture book, Biebow provides the historical context around the invention of Crayola crayons....What [Caldecott Medalist] Jon Klassen achieves emotionally in his characters' eyes, Salerno manages with eyebrows here."–Kirkus

"Biebow conveys just how revolutionary this now-mundane product was at its inception....Salerno’s illustrations of the Binney and Smith workforce, marching around the factory in color-splotched overalls and pursuing their experiments with the zeal of alchemists, keep the visual excitement building."–The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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