Title: The Chalk Box KidThe Chalk Box Kid
Author: Clyde Robert Bulla
Illustrator: Thomas B. Allen
Pages: 59
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★

So, I recently read The Paint Brush Kid and guessed, based on not-so-subtle references that it was the sequel to another book. I wasn’t too surprised to find out that it was the sequel to this book, The Chalk Box Kid.

The Story.

Gregory isn’t very happy. He liked their new house when they first moved into it – he especially liked the fact that he had his own room where he could hang his art on the wall. But then Uncle Max moved in with them and Gregory had to give up half his room. The kids at the new school don’t seem to like him very much, and everything is just depressing… Until the day Gregory decided that he was going to create his own garden – a garden drawn with chalk on a wall rather than planted and harvested.

But will he ever be accepted at the new school? And will he and Uncle Max sort out their difficulties?


Out of the two books, The Chalk Box Kid and The Paint Brush Kid, I preferred the second. It had hope and interest sprinkled all throughout its pages, while this story seemed to park more on Gregory’s unhappiness. Also, the relationships were more interesting in Paint Brush Kid than in this story.

Conclusion. Not the first story I would recommend – much better are Clyde Robert Bulla’s other stories The Sword in the Tree, Riding with the Pony Express,and Pirate’s Promise.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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