Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza

Children - Picture Book
58 Pages
Reviewed on 10/01/2019
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Petra Pencil dreamed of drawing and she was jealous of watching the other pencils go off for the day. Petra Pencil imagined the wonderful things she could draw if given a chance. She wanted to draw a pizza that was perfectly round, beautiful, and awesome. Prudence was always the first one to be picked up and Peter was next. Petra wondered why she was always the one left behind. She was brand new and her tip was always sharp and ready to go. She thought the tiny splinter she had on her side was the biggest problem. She tried to get rid of it many times but all her attempts were useless. One Monday she landed on the floor and got a chance to make contact with the paper. She drew her favorite pizza and by the time she finished she had become plump. She did not know what to do but then a new student, Jordan, joined the class and things changed for Petra Pencil.

Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza by Dawn Doig is an adorable and simple story that tells young readers there is a place for everyone, irrespective of their size, shape, and color. The special bond between Jordan and Petra Pencil is palpable to readers through the story and the illustrations. The illustrations are bright and colorful and breathe life into the characters and the story. It is fun to see the pencils having a name and a personality of their own. The story is also for children who have a problem when it comes to holding a pencil and writing neatly. Children will love the book and both parents and tutors can use it for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms and school libraries to help youngsters address challenges with a positive outlook.


Fantastic children’s book!

First Graders Yaoundé Cameroon

"My favorat part is wen the new kid kame Zac and he toke the pensel and he was using it I like it becose I like the boy
I like when Petara penilse was flying and close his eyes and when he close his eyes he was flying in the air and when the boy bopt his hede
My farvret part was web the pencil was flying in the air and why I liked that part it is becuase I saw the pecnil in the air and he was emaning the he was flying
My favrit part was when she fly’s like an angel and I like angels becuse I am a cristan.
My favorite part in the book Petra pencil pines for pizza my favorite part is when she was imagagining she was a fairy.
The part that I like is when she fly and the flower around her body she fell the kid taked her and draw on the paper a threecher gave the kid the piselll he or she was happy It is my favorit part because she can fly and she had flower all around her I lik it because she can talk and she has arms"
= review written by first graders in Yaoundé, Cameroon


If you love kittens and rhyming, you will love this book. A sweet story of Kydee, a small lost kitten who is saved. Written in rhyme, your young children will love this story and of course saving a kitten who make a wonderful pet. Cute illustrations to hold your child's attention.

Tracy Blom

This is a book about seeing the joy that can be brought into an animal’s life by giving it a good home. Cute rhymes throughout the book.

Dorothy S.

Lovely Ending

Petra Pencil is always left behind in the rainbow box because of a small flaw. However, when she falls on the floor, her world changes with cheesy pizza. Dawn Doig has written a sweet story with a lovely ending that I enjoyed.

Granny Loves to Read

Good read

What a special book. Kids and parents will love this book. Great lesson in how someone can make a difference and be different.mFamilies will enjoy the message. Kids will enjoy the illustrations. Good family book.


Great message for young kids

I read this adorable little book with my 6 year old granddaughter and she loved it. It shows that everyone has their own special qualities that make them unique. When Jordan finds Petra, he is finally able to hold the pencil correctly. The illustrations are cute and colorful for young readers.

Mercy Mize


This is a cute story! I like the alliteration in this book! Also, a topic that all kids can relate to... pizza!

Kid Reader

A Sweet Idea

Petra Pencil Pines For Pizza is a neat book that covers not being made quite right, like Petra Pencil, and how the love of pizza and helping a boy with autism come together with a remarkable friendship. Great concepts and unique illustrations.

Alana Larson Evans


This book is about a little pencil who wanted to be useful. She had a special gift of drawing lots of things, but in Enjoyable story, easy text, nice illustrations. Recommended for children ages 5-10.


2 of my daughters favourite things

To have a book that includes pizza and pencils is brilliant, my daughter loves drawing and writing and she never imagined her pencils could actually be alive, she talks to her pencils after reading this, lots of challenging words for her but not too hard, she sounded out well and we've read it over 2 evenings, will be a repeat reader for sure of this, thank you

Cora Lydon

Sweet story with gentle encouragement for reluctant writers

My youngest son is somewhat of a reluctant reader so this was a top choice for encouraging him to pick up a pencil and have a go. The main character is a pencil and very likeable - plus she loves pizza just like my son! The book is perhaps slightly too long for younger readers but a good fit for school-age children. It also helps reinforce that all children can write and that perhaps they need to find the right pencil to fit them - once my son understood this he was keen to try all the pencils to find the one he thought would help him.

Kate P

A really engaging tale

This story about a pencil always left behind is really engaging. I was completely caught up in the story of Petra and eagerly flipped the pages to see what would happen next.