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Review: Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew Drew and Drew
By Barney Saltzberg

Abrams Appleseed

ISBN: 9781419703775
Grades PreK-1
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A solitary boy creating his world through drawings – sound familiar? With Andrew Drew and Drew, Barney Saltzberg pays homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but adds a creative twist all his own. The end result is a children’s literature rarity – an homage that nicely stands on its own.

This is the story of Andrew, a boy who loves to draw. He lets his creativity flag fly, pencil flying over the blank white of the pages to create dinosaurs, giant chickens, and other bits of unexpected magic.

The beauty of this book lies in the illustrations, which employ overlapping flaps and gatefolds the reader must turn to slowly reveal the end result of Andrew’s doodles. Drawings that begin as one thing become something entirely different with the flip of a flap. This is the sort of title where a book trailer comes in handy.

While it’s impossible to top Crockett Johnson’s masterpiece, Saltzberg’s inventive tribute will delight scores of young readers. A good book to have around.

Review copy from the publisher.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. LOOVE this! Reminds me of an updated Harold and the Purple Crayon.