Posted in Fiction, Tween Reads

Blank Slater, the Boy with the Dry-Erase Face – a WhatchaReading Review!

You may or may not know this, but I review comics and graphic novels for the comics and comic culture site, WhatchaReading. Recently, Chuck over at WhatchaReading gave me the opportunity to review Blank Slater: The Boy with the Dry-Erase Face, written by Matt Bergin and illustrated by Zach Wideman. I was so impressed by this book, which provides a creative way to teach kids about self-esteem, emotions and feelings, and discovering who they are.

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When this book hit WhatchaReading’s inbox, I got a chuckle out of the cute cover and figured I’d give it a shot – sounds like it could be fun, a kid with a Dry-Erase face, right? Draw silly faces and stuff? And then I dug in, and realized that there is so much more to this story than that.

Blank Slater is a kid born with a Dry-Erase face. He’s a blank slate (see what they did there?), and he goes through life pretty miserable – wouldn’t you? – until the day where he wanders away and discovers someone just like him! Nada Trace is a girl with a Dry-Erase face, but she isn’t wallowing at all – she grabbed some markers, pencil, and glitter, and made a face of her own! She helps Blank try on different faces, but nothing fits quite right until one day, Blank discovers his own face – and more important, a friend.

For the rest of the review, head on over to WhatchaReading!



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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