Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, my kids really understood and appreciated this story! Siblings are a wonderful thing, but sometimes they aren’t…Arabella shows us how frustrating siblings can be, but does that mean we don’t really want them around?

Arabella is a special girl with parents that love her. She also gets one wish granted each year. This year, she wishes for a magic pencil that will make anything that she draws come to life. She creates so many beautiful things with her imagination and her pencil. Then, her new brother disrupts her play, in frustration, she erases him! At first, she is happy but quickly realizes that she has made a mistake. Can she correct her error?

I loved this story, and so did my kids. They connected with Arabella and her frustration with her little brother. My daughter was so invested in the story, she kept making little surprised sounds and comments as things happened. I loved her investment in the story!

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. They were light and soft, which matched the story perfectly. I had to turn the page back a few times because the kids weren’t done taking it all in!

Overall, I thought this was a wonderful children’s story that showed that even though we get frustrated with siblings, we still love them, and would not really want them to be erased.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Arabella and the Magic Pencil to children in preschool through middle elementary!

Where to Find This Book:

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Goodreads

Other Fun Things:

Paper Doll Activity: Shaney Hyde, the illustrator of Arabella and the Magic Pencil has created a beautiful paper doll craft. This can be downloaded for free at:

You can also find Coloring PagesTeaching Notes, and a DIY Magic Pencil Craft. These are all free and downloadable for you to use!


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.

Just the Facts:

Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: EK Books
Pub Date: September 10, 2019


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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2 thoughts on “Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward

  1. Thanks so much for this lovely review of Arabella and the Magic Pencil! I think you’ve summarized it perfectly: Siblings are a wonderful thing, but sometimes they aren’t… 🙂 I look forward to following your blog and discovering more great books!!


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