Gurple and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure – written by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi


Gurple and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure – written by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534431416 (HC), 9781534431423 (e-book), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Debbie Ridpath Ohi says, “You never know what will come out of a broken crayon!” When pairing her whimsical broken crayon concept with Park’s fun and imaginative prose, the book draws readers in and sweeps us along on the adventure as robots Gurple and Preen find themselves in a predicament when their spaceship is broken and bursting with crayons. Preen’s industrious approach is countered by Gurple’s anxious and self-defeated attempts to help. A great lesson about teamwork and perseverance lies gently on the surface waiting for readers who will also delight in the imagination, creativity, and fanciful adventure. This book may merely appear simplistic and fun, however, it has plenty for all ages from complex and nonsense vocabulary to colorfully brilliant illustrations and graphics that move the story forward to a surprise ending.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of books by Peter Reynolds and other artist-authors will enjoy this story and its artwork. This book would be a great launching point for art educators to inspire children to create their own broken crayon illustrations that could be paired with fictional narratives.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 1/2/2021

This entry was posted in *Book Review, *Picture Book, *Starred Review, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Linda Sue Park and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.