The Obstinate Pen insists on being read out loud. Whether the audience is packed with grade school skeptics or restless preschoolers, kids chuckle and chortle at each rebellious revision and hilarious encounter. (Try saying “Mrs. Norkham Pigeon-Smythe of Farflungdom” with a straight face.) The eponymous protagonist is cheeky, subversive, and astute; literary cousin of the iconoclastic Cat in the Hat, swashbuckling D’Artagnan, and the truth-telling child in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You’ll love this book.