The Typewriter

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$17.99  $16.73
Two Lions
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12.2 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Bill Thomson is the celebrated creator of Chalk and Fossil and the illustrator of Baseball Hour, Karate Hour, Soccer Hour, and Building with Dad, all written by Carol Nevius. Thomson's books have received many accolades: the National Parenting Publications Gold Award, designation as a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association, a Teachers' Choices selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editors' Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children's Illustrator, Kentucky's Bluegrass Award, Ohio's Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson's artwork has also received more than seventy-five awards in the country's most prestigious juried illustration competitions.

Thomson lives with his family in Southington, Connecticut, and is also a professor of illustration at the University of Hartford. To see more of his artwork, visit


"Thomson's dramatic, ultra-realistic illustrations have won him many accolades, and his fans won't be disappointed with his work here, rendered in acrylic and colored pencil. The children's exaggerated expressions telegraph their wonder, fear, and relief when they use the typewriter to dispatch the giant crab. It's a thrilling visual adventure and reminder of the way words can transport us." --Publishers Weekly

"Adroit use of light, exaggerated and unusual perspectives, and intense close-ups emphasize the kids' facial expressions (curiosity, surprise, joy, awe, terror) as well as their size in relation to the gargantuan ice cream bucket and fearsome crab. Words rule in this intriguing, impressive, imaginative, nearly wordless narrative drama." --Kirkus Reviews

"Magnificent photo-realistic art makes the magic plain as day and reinforces both the wonder and menace of unexpected events. Sharp-eyed youngsters will notice details like the name of the typewriter--Spelling Bee--and relate it to the bee-shaped amusement park ride where they found it. An imaginative trip worth taking." --Booklist

"The stunning artwork will draw readers right into the story with the characters and facilitate a magical experience for all. Don't be fooled by the lack of words. The possibilities for storytelling with this book are endless. The rich facial expressions on the characters tell a lot about each child's personality and the way they stare right out at the reader invites them into the story as well. Highly recommended." --San Francisco Book Review