Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward

November 27th, 2019 Kimberly Review 12 Comments

27th Nov
Nonna's Corner

Welcome to Nonna’s Corner where I share books I have read and reviewed with my grandchildren, affectionately referred to as the Royals here at Caffeinated Reviewer. Today, Sophia and I are excited to share Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and see why we adored it.

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward
Arabella and the Magic Pencil
by Stephanie M. Ward
Illustrator: Shaney Hyde
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 32
Source: Author
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Arabella is a beloved only child who has everything a little girl could want. That is, until her brother, Avery, the master of mayhem, comes along. While she certainly loves him, she finds that it’s sometimes very hard to like him. So she spends her days creating marvelous, magnificent things with her magic pencil, and trying to ignore him. But when he spoils her perfectly proper tea party, she decides drastic action is required and she erases him from her life. Oops! But things aren’t the same without him — can she get him back?

Arabella and the Magic Pencil is a charming story, which will appeal to any child coming to terms with a new sibling and to caregivers who are supporting changing family dynamics, as well as those who love fantasy and engaging, alliterative language.

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward tells the story of a young princess who has everything a little girl could wish for. Each year she granted one wish by Royal decree. I should stop at this point and tell you that Princess Sophia loves everything about the story thus far. The illustrations by Shaney Hyde are in soft water colors and Sophia loves the palace, Arabella’s dresses and the gardens.

Arabella however is not impressed by the newest arrival to the palace. A brother with a rather large royal name or Avery for short. Sophia who will be five easily sympathize as she has a younger brother, Prince Clayton who turned three this month. The story shares what younger brothers do. They interrupt your play, move things, destroy things and at times royally frustrate you.

As it happens, Arabella was granted a magical pencil that allows her to draw anything only in a mad dash of frustration she erases Avery.

I loved watching Sophia’s reactions and admittedly she panicked a wee bit, but thankfully the author didn’t drag things out and Arabella being quite clever and sweet came up with the perfect solution. Everything ended on a happy note with lessons learned and allowed for a lovely discussion about annoying siblings, friends and the reasons why we still love them!

I loved when Sophia turned to her brother, Clayton hugged him and said, “Don’t worry brother, I won’t erase you!” 😍

The author was kind enough to send Princess Sophia paper dolls and coloring pages for the book, but folks can also download them for free from the publishers website: We had such fun coloring and playing with these.

If you are looking for a gift for an older child expecting a new sibling or even a holiday gift Arabella and the Magic Pencil would make a wonderful edition to your bookshelf, classroom or nursery.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
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About Stephanie M. Ward

Stephanie M. Ward is the author of the children’s book, Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin. Stephanie has been writing in various forms over the last 20 years. She was a contributor to Tana’s Habitat: The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Affording Your First Place and has written articles for a number of travel blogs. Stephanie’s wanderlust finally got the best of her and she spent a year traveling across all seven continents. It was then that she decided to focus on writing stories for children about amazing places around the world.

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About Kimberly
Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw and Howler. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Find @kimbacaffeinate on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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12 Responses to “Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward”

  1. Shane hyde

    What a beautiful review of Arabella and the Magic Pencil. And I loved reading about Princess Sophia. Than you Nonna’s corner

  2. Stephanie Ward

    Thank you so much for reviewing Arabella and the Magic Pencil! I’m so pleased to hear that your granddaughter enjoyed the activities and her sweet comment to her littler brother made my heart smile. I really appreciate you sharing such a thoughtful review on your fabulous blog!

    Stephanie Ward recently posted: New Baby in the House
  3. Tyler H. Jolley

    This is very cute, and the illustrations feel old school and I’m here for it. I hope you and your family have a wonderful, and stress free Thanksgiving!