Malala Yousafzai

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Malala's Magic Pencil

book | Fiction | Oct 2017

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.


Kerascoët’s bright, reportorial watercolors match the text’s directness and sincerity, adding gold embellishments to give Malala’s hopes and optimism a radiant physicality. The Malala in these pages is both approachable and extraordinary: even at her most vulnerable, turned away from readers and looking out the window of a darkened hospital room, her determination seems unstoppable.

Publisher's Weekly

The beautifully written book goes on to describe Yousafzai’s quest for justice and the importance of finding one’s voice.T his is a wonderful read for younger students that will also provide insight and encourage discussion about the wider world...The simplicity of Yousafzai’s writing and the powerful message she sends, make this book inspirational for all. Highly recommended.

School Library Journal

This picture book is a must-have for school classrooms, libraries and those who want to teach their young children about injustice and bravery.

The Huffington Post

With its ethereal illustrations and dreamy-looking heroine, Malala's Magic Pencil has the appearance of a fairy-tale classic... In an ending that makes Cinderella look dated, she addresses the UN. 

The Telegraph

An enchanting debut, Malala’s Magic Pencil is a welcome addition to the frustratingly small range of children’s books that feature BAME central characters. Released in the month that Malala starts a degree at Oxford University, it’s also a timely reminder that happy endings aren’t just the preserve of fairytales.

The Observer

The book itself is a triumph... It is the voice of the writing that wins over the reader. It has a genuine innocence, heartfelt without any pandering and completely respectful of the young reader. This is an excellent book to begin conversations about world injustice with children.

The New York Times Book Review

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