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Stewart's Best Pen

Stephen W. Martin, Karl Newsom Edwards (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Boy meets pen in this funny, concise, and touching picture book about maintaining friendship across great distances.

Stewart may be a boy, and Craig may be a pen, but they are definitely best friends. The kind of friends who do everything together, who rely on each other, and who feel lost without each other . . . which is why it’s a catastrophe when Craig disappears!
     How can Stewart be a best friend if his best buddy is missing? The answer is certain to please anyone who’s ever had a favorite writing implement or a best friend. 

Praise For Stewart's Best Pen

"Kids will love seeing the shenanigans that Stewart and Craig get into as well as reading their humorous letters...A cute ode to the written word and the joy of having a favorite pen and pal."--Kirkus

"[A] heartening portrayal of the importance of a friend in a child’s life. An inviting, amusing picture book."--Booklist

An excellent choice for units about friendship or pen pals as well as for some lighthearted bibliotherapy when a friend moves away."--School Library Journal

Clarion Books, 9780544867734, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2018

About the Author

Stephen W. Martin is an award-winning writer and director and the author of the picture books Charlotte and the Rock and Stewart's Best Pen. He lives in Los Angeles. 
Twitter: @Stephen_W_M

Karl Newsom Edwards has illustrated many books, including the Sammy Keyes series, by Wendelin Van Draanen, The New Kid, by Mavis Jukes, and The Hugely, Hugely Spider, by Ethan Berlin. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Fly! and I Got a New Friend. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online at and on Twitter @KarlEdwardsArt.