Reviews for Andrew Drew and Drew

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Clean penciled lines, spare text, and interactive design are highlights in this clever book about creativity. Andrew, "a doodle boy" wearing bright orange and blue with pencil in hand, stands out against mostly blank white pages, while multiple flaps and folds are waiting to reveal what Andrew drew. Saltzberg simply but ingeniously demonstrates how doodles can take many shapes with a little imagination.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
An unassuming boy, a single lead pencil and plenty of fresh white space make for a true descendent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, with its own flavor. Andrew is a "doodle boy" with a standard pencil. This book's thick, glossy pages are his expansive workspace: Andrew appears on the pages, drawing, and the pages are also the paper he's drawing upon. Some pages are the same width as the cover, others narrower or wider, turning over or folding out to change a drawing's meaning. Andrew doesn't plan; he draws and sees where it takes him. "[B]efore he kn[ows] it," an abstract line becomes a kite and then a rocket. If he draws stairs, they're physical enough for him to sit on--but turn the flap, and they're a dinosaur's back. Andrew himself is rendered in color, while his carefully shaded desk and pencil sharpener are--quite wonderfully--the gray of his own pencil. "When night dr[aws] near," Andrew slowly fills the space with dark pencil crosshatches until it's something else entirely--perhaps the next day's artwork or a nighttime dream. Any question of reality versus representation is the gentlest kind, utterly unobtrusive. Adults should keep an eye on the midbook 3-D easel featuring small, stapled-on papers vulnerable to eager hands, because those papers hold text as well as illustration. Joyful imagination, plain and simple. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 September #3

Wordplay of the title aside, Saltzberg's ode to drawing is fairly earnest and straightforward in its prose. The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing. His pencil lines sweep across white pages ("Andrew doodled and doodled. Sometimes he noodled"), and his creations take unpredictable shape, revealed bit-by-bit by overlapping gatefolds (a staircase Andrew draws eventually forms a dinosaur's spiny back, and a cross-hatched night sky turns into a trumpet-nosed winged beast in the final spread). Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 November

PreS-K--Saltzberg's book is a delightful example of less being more. Andrew, the doodle boy, is the only splash of color on the pages, but his simple line drawings are as eye-catching and engaging as he is. By employing the nifty trick of two-thirds and one-third overlapping gatefolds, Saltzberg encourages readers to become actively engaged in Andrew's doodles by guessing what's next behind the flaps. A single, undulating line acquires two eyes when the larger gatefold is opened, and when the smaller one is pulled back, the gaping mouth of a large creature is revealed with a smaller one rolling out of its mouth on a skateboard. What appears to be a set of stairs on another spread is actually the back of a dinosaur. On the last spread, Andrew seems to draw the night sky, but when the flaps are opened, a winged creature freckled with star appears, and Andrew is riding on its back, holding his pencil high. The text is spare, with only a few words per page, letting the products of the boy's imagination and readers' anticipation of them shine as the focus of the book. Never has white space seemed so inviting.--Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

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