Title: The Paint Brush KidThe Paint Brush Kid
Author: Clyde Robert Bulla
Illustrator: Ellen Beier
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★★

From the author of Three Dollar Mule, Shoeshine Girl, Pirate’s Promise, The Sword in the Treeand Riding the Pony Express.

The Story.

Gregory’s nickname is the “Chalk Box Kid” – he earned it through the pictures he used to scratch away on the side of the garage. He drew an entire garden with all kinds of different vegetables in it. Now, he wants to help Uncle Pancho, whose house badly needs to be painted. Gregory offers to paint the house and even draw pictures depicting different portions of Uncle Pancho’s life. Uncle Pancho agrees.

Then comes the news that the government wants to tear down Uncle Pancho’s house and use the land for the new interstate highway that’s being constructed! Can Gregory think of a way to save Uncle Pancho’s house?


Through his offer to pain Uncle Pancho’s house, Gregory exhibits a willingness to work and a sense of charity that was really nice to see. He was also a boy who had a certain amount of latent talent that he was able to put to use on Uncle Pancho’s house.

Uncle Pancho tells the children that one day his wife left him and took their young son with her, but admits that he has never given up hope of being reunited with his son.

Conclusion. An okay story – not the best he’s written.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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