As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality.
She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing.
And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realised that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. She told her moving and powerful story in the memoir, I Am Malala.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 48
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 267 x 245 x 11 mm
"Malala's Magic Pencil tells the beguiling tale of Malala Yousafzai's dream of a magic pencil and her discovery of education's transformative power, in a beautiful paean to children and their potential for heroic change. Husband-and-wife duo Kerascoet's watercolour illustrations, with their golden flourishes and bursts of pink, perfectly complement the text... a clear and resonant call to arms." - The Guardian - Best New Picture Books and Novels
"Warm, tender and brave, this beautiful version of Malala's inspiring story should be something every parent reads with their child." - Booktrust
"An enchanting debut...a timely reminder that happy endings aren't just the preserve of fairytales." - The Observer
"With its ethereal illustrations and dreamy-looking heroine, Malala's Magic Pencil has the appearance of a fairy-tale classic." - The Telegraph
"This beautifully illustrated book is a truly inspiring read for youngsters." * The Sun *"Empowering, hopeful and perfectly pitched for a young audience, this is an inspiring read for children everywhere." * The School Run
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