My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil by Hanoch Piven
And Other Funny Classroom Portraits

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Here's the perfect back-to-school gift for budding artists. Like the creator's previous picture book, My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks, this picture book encourages children to be creative and make their own object portraits. It's a fun activity for home or for the classroom. You can even check out portraits made by other readers in the "kids' gallery" of author Hanoch Piven's Web site,—and while you're at it, send in your own!

Learn how to create a funny librarian, a colorful art teacher, or your best friend by seeing how one girl does it in this simple, playful picture book that's comprised of portraits made of objects. Once the girl has talked about—and drawn—the key figures in her school, she ends with the pièce de résistance—a class portrait!

From the Hardcover edition.

About Hanoch Piven

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Hanoch Piven is the acclaimed creator of Let’s Make Faces, What Presidents Are Made Of, What Athletes Are Made Of, and What Cats Are Made Of, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at
Published February 23, 2011 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The young girl narrator starts with her teacher, whose voice is “as sweet as candy (except when she is very excited)” and who smells “lovely as flowers.” These and other attributes of the teacher are illustrated with found objects: blue flower-shaped buttons, plastic letters, a piece of hard cand...

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The Roanoke Times

This is the most recent book by Hanoch Piven in which he uses all sorts of objects to fashion portraits.

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