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DTD words and pencil blue background“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.

“My niece and I shared this adventure together during a car trip recently and we spent as much time talking about the book as we did reading it. Daniel is a great story about friendships and the power that exists in your imagination.”


There are a few simple rules Daniel follows.

Rule One: never let an adult see your weakness. Daniel made that mistake and look where he ended up—summer camp.

Rule Two: never make fun of the person who feeds you, unless you like Miss Gunderson’s peppery pancakes and green hamburgers.

Rule Three: stay away from girls who love Glitter Ponies. They have cooties, after all.

And Rule Four: never, ever lose your magic pencil.

But Daniel has broken all of his own rules. Now he’s stuck and starving at Camp Bigfoot with the school bully as his bunkmate and an ooey-gooey girl who won’t leave him alone. If all of that wasn’t bad enough, his prized possession, a pencil that brings his drawings to life, has gone missing and wacky creatures are popping up all over camp.

Can Daniel survive Camp Bigfoot and find his magic pencil before it’s too late?

“I became fully absorbed in seeing the world through Daniel’s eyes; a world that is entirely relatable and yet extraordinary.”

“Full of laughs and the author’s quirky sense of humor, this is a great read for children of all ages and for families. I personally read the first book and was absolutely hooked, even though I’m 14 years old.”

Author note: DANIEL THE DRAW-ER runs along the same lines as DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, humor-wise. My book does not contain illustrations because I want readers to paint those pictures with their minds.