Daniel the Draw-er by S. J. Henderson



This book was recommended by my friend Topaz Winters.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

“This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. “It’s magic.”

Everything Daniel draws with his pencil–flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo–comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie.

Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.


Genre:  Children, 6 – 12 (and/or for all who are still young at heart; recommended age:  6 – 106)

Pages:  142



In the middle of drawing Octobear’s third oozing tentacle, my pencil lead snaps off. I growl and fling my wounded pencil out the open window before I realize that was my only pencil.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to Daniel, his friend Annie, and his older sister’s boyfriend Tommy. Tommy calls him Daniel the draw-er because Daniel likes to draw and Tommy is not the brightest bulb in the box. After losing his pencil, Daniel starts looking for a replacement. He uses his new tool and – the adventures begin. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Daniel the Draw-er, S. J. Henderson has created a wonderful children’s book. Daniel learns that actions have consequences, and that friendship is a valuable gift. Daniel the Draw-er is a heart-warming and fun read – there are no lags. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. Daniel the Draw-er is a great story not only for children – a truly enjoyable read.

This is a book to read, read again, and/or give as a gift.


About the author

When S. J. was a little S. J., she enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with her friends. Of course they were ridiculous, and, of course, she was supposed to be doing Math homework instead. However, those old stories lit the spark for sharing words with others. S. J. still despises Math, and hopes you like her books more than fractions and decimals.

S. J. lives with her husband and four boys on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere, Michigan. Their family belongs to three dogs, one bored cat, and four horses. Most of S. J.’s free time is spent in the saddle, because she feels more comfortable there than on her own feet.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Daniel the Draw-er?  Or – if you did not yet read Daniel the Draw-er  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Daniel the Draw-er was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


5 thoughts on “Daniel the Draw-er by S. J. Henderson

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  2. Woooo! 😀 I’m so glad you liked it, Karen – Jen was very happy to receive the 5 star review as well. Daniel is such a wonderful character and I can’t wait for the second book to come out – I know you’ll love that one as well. 😉

    • Thanks for your awesome recommendation, Topaz. I love that book. It is in this year’s personal Top 10. 😀
      I am looking forward to reading the second one as well. 🙂

    • Thank you, Craig. Especially in this case I do not regret it in the least. It is a well written story; the characters are convincing. The adventures are fun. Your grandkids would like it.

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