Andrew Drew and Drew
Andrew Drew and Drew
Barney Saltzberg
ISBN 9781419703775
Abrams Appleseed, 2012.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: andrew-drew-and-drew art barney-saltzberg creativity doodling imagination

Andrew Drew and Drew
by Barney Saltzberg

Far from feeling intimidated by a blank canvas, Andrew sees only the possibilities. Barney Saltzberg’s (Arlo Needs Glasses) latest picture book again shows children there are no limits to the imagination.

“Andrew was a doodle boy,” this paper-over-board book begins. From there, the pages leave reality behind and enter Andrew’s rich interior life. The only interruption to the snow-white background is the boy and his pencil. Sturdy pages cut in half turn to reveal hidden detours of his pencil on the page, while other pages fold out to unveil a completed drawing. The first line, “He drew...,“ depicts a gently sloping landscape; the half-page folds back to show that the slope gives way to googly eyes, and the foldout page reveals that this is actually the back of an alligator, with a fox skateboarding out of its mouth. What appear to be stairs turn out to be the step-like scales of a dinosaur. He describes it as being “like making magic,” the appearance of figures and animals that didn’t exist before. Andrew also gives permission for a dry spell (“Sometimes, Andrew drew nothing at all. But he never stopped for long”). And his next doodle leads him to a surprising place.

Unlike Harold, whose purple crayon draws him into adventure, for Andrew, the drawing itself is the adventure. Andrew’s tale is the journey of the artist, through moments when inspiration eludes him, to the faith that his impulse to draw will return, and the doodles that lead him into drawing once again.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.

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