"Painting Black" was illustrated by Larry Stevenson. The book tells the story of a pencil who wants to create a childrens book, but his maths utensil friends discourage him, while the crayons don't want to work with him. The story is about cooperation and pursuing your dream even when others say you can can't achieve it. The blurb is:

On a desk, there is Ruler who, by nature, wants to draw straight lines. Triangle wants to measure angles. While Pencil, meant for math, actually wants to create a children's book. The crayons, however, want nothing to do with a pencil that is yellow on the outside and grey on the inside‘. Eraser usually just wants to rest, because her work would wear her down.
Painting Black tells the story of the creation of a children’s book and explains that everyone has their purpose and that cooperation is best for everyone. In the process, the stationery utensils are brought to life and given personalities to make both the children and adult readers giggle. Who knew Crayons squeak while painting?

The book is written for age 7 and up, has 80 pages and the ISBN 978-3-9824397-0-9. It was published on 24th March 2022. The illustrations are meant to be coloured in and there are around 20 blank pages where children can continue the pencil story in their own way.

Below you will find the extract. Keep in mind that odd pages are on the right hand side of the open book, as sometimes the pencil and crayons talk across two pages.

With time, I will add more order links. The book is available worldwide.
Painting Black – Cover – Front (Copy)

Page 2

2 (Copy)

Page 3

3 (Copy)

Page 14

14 (Copy)

Page 15

15 (Copy)

Page 22

22 (Copy)

Page 23

23 (Copy)

The back of the book

Painting Black – Cover – Back (Copy)
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