Once upon a time in pencil school, a teacher named Mrs. 2 told her class, 'Today we're going to write a story!' 'Yippee!' said the birthday pencil. 'Slammin?!' said the basketball pencil. 'Sharp!' said Little Red. So begins a hilarious re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of story composition, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000), and saves the day. This smart, entertaining book combines a lot of silly jokes with a satisfying story and an insightful exploration of children's writing process.
Joan Holub has hundreds of pencils. Some are red. Others are glittery, sporty or full of holiday cheer. They are all super sharp and good at writing books. They've helped Joan write over 130 books, including Zero The Hero (with Tom Lichtenheld) and Knuckleheads. Luckily, her pencils can stand on their heads because she does lots of erasing along the way! Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning River of Words and the Sibert Medal-winning Balloons Over Broadway.