Book Review: The Typewriter

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Book Review: The TypewriterThe Typewriter by Bill Thomson
Published by Two Lions on March 8th 2016

Using just nine words, the award-winning creator of Chalk takes readers on another unforgettable journey. When three children discover a typewriter on a carousel, they are transported on an adventure of their own creation—complete with a giant beach ball and a threatening crab. Stunning, richly colored artwork is paired with limited text so children can tell their own version of the story.

A mostly wordless picture book, The Typewriter takes us on a journey with three children who find a typewriter on a closed merry-go-round and find that as they type words, they create what they have written. They end up on a beach with a huge pail of ice cream. There’s a sense of adventure and a little danger as the girl writes the word ‘crab’ but instead of a regular one, a huge one appears and they have to figure out a way to dodge and stop it.
Imagination is a key part to the story and the children find themselves in the midst of what this typewriter can do. I love at the end of the book, they put the typewriter back, leaving your imagination open for what the next kids that come by may end up experiencing.
The illustrations in the book are beautiful and I found an article on Bill’s website that shows the models he used to draw from: Building Props. I found the whole book to be transporting to a world where imagination can take you places. I really enjoyed this (mostly) wordless picture book.
About the Author: 
Bill Thomson RGB photo (2)Bill Thomson is the 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 Teacher’s Choice selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Award, Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson’s artwork has also received more than 75 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:
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