Saturday, February 27, 2016

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings - a bookwrap

Introducing Simon to you today. 


Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
Four Stories that Inspired the TV Series!

Authored by Edward McLachlan

Ages 7-10

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

About the book...

This book has four separate stories within:  Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings,  Simon and the Chalk Drawing Army, Simon and the Moon Rocket and Simon and the Dinosaur.  

Nerdy little Simon has a magic chalkboard and everything he draws  becomes real in the Land of Chalk Drawings. His imagination ignites and his doodles take on a life of their own. 

  One morning while going to school he passes along a fence where he has sketched a stick figure the day before.  The figure magically peels himself off of the structure and pleads with Simon to please complete him. You see the drawing is incomplete as he is missing an eye, an arm and an ear.  Simon agrees to help him out and upon completion the figure asks Simon to follow him because he has something important to show him.  Curiosity reigns and Simon follows. He and the stick figure climb up a tall ladder,  jump over the fence and enter into the enchanted Land of Chalk Drawings.  This is the first book in the series. What he discovers there is pure magic! This collection of four stories was the catalyst that inspired the popular PBS and Nickelodeon animated shorts.

In "Simon and the Chalk Drawing Army" we discover that some random soldiers have invaded the land and are relentlessly drilling the citizens to the point of exhaustion.  Everything has to be perfect and in a straight line... "Yes Sir!!"  Simon solves the problem, no problem, with his analytical, ingenious mind and in so doing the  townies get a treat.  

"Simon and the Moon Rocket" has Simon taking an excursion to the moon of all places. He confronts an endless pile of sums (addition questions) to contend with and Simon rises to the occasion.  To sum it all up he outsmarts them and escapes back to his reality.

 In "Simon and the Dinosaur" a strange phenomenon has occurred. All the children and animals in the Land of Chalk Drawings are gone.  It's creepy and eery and totally empty there.  Where is everyone?  They in the belly of a big old dinosaur...they've been eaten up.  Oh my!  Simon has to use his wits to rescue everyone and appease that ever-hungry dinosaur!  He is a hero to everyone in the land.

Such sweet, delightful stories with the first episode date being March 29, 1976, narrated by Bernard Cribbins. Vintage, timeless stories are now resurrected for a whole new generation of kids to enjoy!  (and adults too)

About the author...

For years Ed McLachlan's cartoons and illustrations have graced the pages of Punch, Private Eye, The Spectator, The Oldie, Saga and a host of newspapers, magazines, books, greetings cards, calendars and films.

Always humorous, sometimes black and twisted, in which the unexpected always crops up like an avenging angel, an inventive imagination that throws up different angles on everyday solutions. This coupled with a strong design background, has led to many successful illustrations for advertising.

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