The book reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon, because it is the story of a pencil which draws things. Everything is just a line drawing until the pencil draws a paintbrush. Then color enters the illustrations. When the pencil draws an eraser, the illustrations get fairly silly as various parts get erased. I keep thinking I should have them do a craft project based on this book, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Another silly book we love is The Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer.
I grabbed this next book because of the title. I was almost through checking out and did not even open the book before getting it. But, we just finished a unit on three dimensional shapes and I love getting books that accompany what we are studying. So, Cubes, Cones, Cylinders and Spheres by Tana Hoban fit the bill.
I have also been trying to get some books which are under Catherine's reading ability, to give her practice and increase her speed. I don't want her to get frustrated with reading if she is always faced with challenging material. So, here are some easy readers I got her recently which she liked:
We don't have an pets, so Catherine seems to love any books about animals. On every few pages, she'll stop and say "Isn't he cute!" She also enjoys the Biscuit books.
This book is set in a classroom, and the children are challenged to count to ten as quickly as they can:
This one is fun because it has a silliness to it, and includes the words "dum, dum, ditty, ditty." The author, Al Perkins, copies the style of Dr. Seuss.
I hope these books inspire you!