I Wish I Could Draw by Cary Fagan

I Wish I Could Draw

byCary Fagan

Hardcover | May 1, 2014

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When the narrator of this sneakily clever book decides he will try to draw even though he believes he isn't very good at it, a world of silly possibilities opens for him. By the end of the story, he has vanquished a dragon, been given a medal, published a book, and seen his artwork on display in a real museum-and all because he refused to be held back by his own perceived limitations.The narrator of I Wish I Could Draw shares a name with creator Cary Fagan and has the same curly hair and glasses. Perhaps most interesting of all, though, the narrator believes he has no artistic talent-just like the Cary Fagan who not only wrote but also bravely and exuberantly illustrated this book. Fortunately for readers, both Cary-the-narrator and Cary-the-children's-book-creator refused to let self-doubt stop them from trying to tell (and draw) the funniest and most exciting story they could think of. The result is a book that delivers plenty of excitement, silly jokes and fun-and also an important message about self-confidence and perseverance.Designed to look like a child's notebook, I Wish I Could Draw will inspire readers to pick up a pencil and let their imaginations do the rest.

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CARY FAGAN has written several critically acclaimed books, including A Bird's Eye, finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize; My Life Among the Apes, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Valentine's Fall, finalist for the Toronto Book Award. He has also written many popular books for children, for which he has won the...
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Title:I Wish I Could DrawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 8.8 × 7.1 × 0.41 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554983185

ISBN - 13:9781554983186

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"By book's end, readers will recognize that, amid all the self-abasement, Fagan is encouraging them to scribble, doodle, and draw away, without worrying whether their art is "good" enough." - Publishers Weekly"This friendly volume, told in the first person and directly addressing readers, is sure to encourage the perfectionist artist and wannabe cartoonist alike. Draw on!" - Kirkus Reviews"Told from the first person perspective, the protagonist's funny and direct manner lends the book a lighthearted and intimate conversational tone." - CM Magazine"The upbeat ending will inspire wanna-be artists and storytellers to reconsider their own skills." - School Library Journal"A terrific picture book for the younger set. Recommended." - Library Media Connections