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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
My Crazy Purple Pen is written by Ruth Whenham and illustrated by Emma K.L. Hunt. It is a charming, very funny and well-written rhyming story about a boy’s purple pen that gets up to all sorts of mischief writing inky notes with rather personal messages on them for different people. The man picking his nose at the bus stop, Mr Yeti the teacher, and even the Queen herself fall victim to the mischievous purple pen. A police inspector visits, but the pen manages to outwit him and isn’t discovered. So what would cause Purple Pen to behave like this and can the little boy who owns it come up with a solution?
I loved Ruth Whenham’s My Crazy Purple Pen – a well-thought out and nicely written rhyming tale with lots of humor and mischief. Young children will love the idea of Purple Pen writing all those notes with messages that others might think, but would be too polite to say! The story links the antics of the pen to feelings of loneliness and boredom, and gives an adult sharing this story with a child the chance to talk about feelings and behavior, and why the naughty pen/the little boy might be getting up to these tricks.
The story is illustrated on every page with Emma Hunt’s wonderfully attractive and bright illustrations. There are lots of little details in the pictures which will give young readers plenty of extra funny things to notice and point out as the story unfolds. I loved the use of speech bubbles in addition to the main text too, and the intriguing final message to the little boy from the Purple Pen. An entertaining story that can be shared with a young child or group of children. The rhyming style makes it attractive for emerging readers to read for themselves as well. Just lovely. Recommended.