Bill Thomson dedicates his book to his three sons. I wonder if one of his boys told a story about a dinosaur that sparked the idea for the book. Click on the author’s name and you will read about how Bill began illustrating and the start of Chalk.

Children create imaginative stories from their surrounds. Bill Thomson captures a child’s play in his wordless book, Chalk.  On a rainy day , three children find a bag of chalk. Wishing for sunshine, the girl sketches the sun on the sidewalk and like magic, the sun appears. Each child drawing comes to life. With a mischievous look, the boy draws a dinosaur. The adventure begins. To view a video clip of Chalk and see Bill Thomson’s brilliant illustrations, click here.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Chalk:

  • Inlay, zoomed-in picture
  • Wondering – the story will leave the child wondering what may happen next
  • Perspective
  • Tension – this book will allow children to feel the tension within a story
  • Prediction


PES new book


4 Responses to Chalk

  1. Linda Baie says:

    It sounds like a great story, & reminds me of Jumanji, where I’ve used the book to play ‘what if’ with in writers workshop. I expect this will work well, too. The video was wonderful. Thanks for putting it up!

    • MaryHelen says:

      I’m glad you liked the video. I’m trying to look for more video clips to add in with the books as I’m always wondering what the insert pages look like when reading a review. I appreciate you comments. They brighten my day!

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  3. mary says:

    This is one of my favorite wordless books! Thanks for the trailer.

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