Frank W. Dormer, (author/illustrator)

This is what Uncle Flood wants to write with his new pen:

The following story is all true.

But the pen does not write that sentence. Instead it writes:

You have a big nose!

Who knows what to do with a pen that has a will of its own?

Not Uncle Flood.

Not Officer Wonkle.

But young Horace has an idea. . . .


Editorial Reviews

“...a surefire readaloud selection…” ―BCCB

“In telling the clever story of a pen with a mind of its own, Dormer bridges the gap between youthful precocity and adult sophistication, and makes a very good point about artistic inspiration along the way.” ―New York Times

“In the hands of any person even remotely not to the pen's liking, it will write only such words as it wishes. These, to the delight of the reader, tend to be both comically candid and scathingly insulting.” ―Wall Street Journal

“Children will enjoy the warm humor and silly-but-smart writing in this book...” ―School Library Journal

“A book as much fun to engage as it is simply to follow.” ―Kirkus

“ this congenial company [the obstinate pen] finds its true purpose in life.” ―Horn Book, starred

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