Christopher Myers starts out this black and white picture book talking about seeing rich and famous people who seem to own the world. The first page says, “Sometimes I feel small when I see those rich and famous people…But then I remember I have my pen.” The subsequent pages and illustrations show all the different stories and worlds that Myers can create with his simple pen.
Some themes of this book could be about using your imagination, and also using your own skills and talents to make your mark on the world. The illustrations are detailed black and white sketches that are reminiscent of a very sophisticated Harold and the Purple Crayon.
This book could be used to discuss illustration techniques, or it could provide examples of figurative language. There are plenty of passages that older readers can spend time contemplating. Overall this is a very rich, yet simple book.