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The Cartoonist

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The Plot

Threatened with the loss of his private place in the attic, Alfie determines to keep it no matter what.

Betsy Says

When I was in third grade, I sat beside a boy who drew pictures. While the rest of us were doing arithmetic, he drew. While we did English, he drew. We did spelling, he drew. I don't recall him going on to fourth grade with the rest of us, but I don't think it mattered as long as he could draw.

Alfie in this book, is like that boy. Alfie wants to be a cartoonist and all he likes to do is draw. That's why the attic is so special to him, and why he could never give it up.