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Author: Max Amato

  • AGES 4 - 5 
  • Genre Fiction
In this funny and light-hearted picture book, a fussy eraser tries to keep the pages clean by erasing the scribbles of a mischievous pencil. But before long, the eraser discovers what can happen when two opposing forces come together to have fun. With humor and a keen eye for play, Max Amato crafts a delightful story that reveals the joys of collaborative imagination.


★“Children will be amused by the relationship and intrigued with the technique, comprehending that one can draw with a pencil and an eraser—and that opposites can co-exist.”

- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


“This entertaining debut celebrates collaboration, creativity, and how even complete opposites can eventually be friends.”

- Booklist

“Humorous…a fun read-aloud.”

- School Library Journal

Perfect Activities for Kids


Eraser is the most fussy, finicky, precise perfectionist you will ever meet. Blunders beware, mistakes do not last long in Eraser's territory. The crazy character even fixed some typos on this web page...we still haven't heard the end of it!


Pencil is a mischievous, messy, mayhem maker. A blank page is nothing but a playground to the skinny fella, no matter how hard Eraser tries to keep things in order. When Pencil is around, there is never a dull moment!

Max Amato

Max Amato studied at the Tyler School of Art and is a designer, art director, and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first picture book.



"I think we can all learn from [Eraser] and embrace that sometimes our most inspired, creative moments can come from just letting go."