A pencil draws a boy, a dog, a cat and a whole world for them to play in. Then the pencil draws a brush, and the brush adds colour to everything. Everyone is very happy, until the pencil draws a rubber - which begins rubbing everything out.
Winner of Red House Children's Book Awards: Books for Younger Children 2009.
Allan Ahlberg always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. It was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children. Allan has won numerous awards for his books including the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, the Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001 and the Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children 2002. Bruce Ingman won the 1996 Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's picture books for When Martha's Away (also winner of the 1996 National Art Library Illustration Awards). He is also the author-illustrator of Bad News, I'm in Charge! (9781844284566). Previously is his second successful collaboration with Allan Ahlberg after The Runaway Dinner. He lives in London.