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Scribble Hardcover – May 8, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—When Emma insults her younger sister's cat drawing by calling it a scribble, Lucie retaliates by drawing all over the older girl's picture of a sleeping princess. So begins the tale as Lucie follows Scribble Cat into Emma's drawing in search of the beautiful princess who is now obscured behind a tangled bramble of scribbles. After much difficulty, the lines are rolled into a ball and Scribble Cat awakens the sleeping princess with a kiss. Despite Emma's protestations that a kitty and a princess can't get married, they do anyway and live happily ever after. This fresh and imaginative story-within-a-story perfectly captures the logic and tone of children's dialogue, especially two arguing siblings. But the text is only half of the story. Freedman combines two wildly different drawing styles to great effect as she takes readers between reality and her characters' artwork. Her "real world" illustrations are reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's work complete with speech bubbles. The artist's attention to detail is excellent, making it easy to see that Lucie is sorry about ruining Emma's picture without a word being uttered. The amusing antics of Scribble Cat, who looks as though he's been drawn by a preschooler, come alive for readers. Having Lucie's real-world kitty join her in drawings adds another layer of entertainment. A fun and imaginative romp.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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"... Freedman's willingness to color outside the lines pays off - she's created a clever gem of a book." -- Publishers Weekly

"... liable to spark young imaginations." -- Kirkus

"... will enchant the very youngest of readers, while also enthralling older readers who are savvy enough to appreciate and ponder its many dimensions." -- Bookpage

"A fun and imaginative romp." -- School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375839666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375839665
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I like "Scribble". No, I don't think you understand. I reeeeeeally like "Scribble". I like its art and its style and its "message" (or whatever the equivalent term might be) and pretty much everything about it. The only problem with "Scribble" is that it's not a flashy book. It's sweet and subtle and as a result it's probably not going to draw too much attention to itself. With that in mind, I charge each and every one of you to seek it out since no one's gonna go out and do it for you. The picture book that shatters the reality between what you create and what you are is difficult to pull off. All the more so when it's as fun, readable, and kid-friendly as "Scribble".

Oh, Emma. Thinking she knows everything. Emma's one of those girls who goes around drawing princesses all the time. Lucie, on the other hand, prefers to draw kitties. When Emma, in her oh-so-superior way, informs Lucie that her cat looks more like a scribble than a feline, the younger sister retaliates by scribbling all over Emma's newest princess picture. However, Scribble (the cat Lucie has drawn) grows curious about the sleeping princess, now trapped behind what appears to be a Giant Thicket. With a reluctant Lucie tagging behind, he attempts to free the beauty and save the day. Yet it's only when the little girl agrees to help and undo the damage she's done to the princess's picture that everyone is allowed to live happily ever after.

Visually, the book really does pop. It starts with a kind of cartoony style. Individual panels and speech bubble break up the action with characters occasionally leaping off the page towards the reader.
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We purchased this book for our daughters because it's about sisters. It's a charming story but they rarely request it, which is funny because they are usually desperate to read anything with sisters in it. Oh well, I still like it.
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Deborah Freedman has such imagination! What an interesting concept for a picture book. Emma and her little sister Lucie are passing the time drawing, then showing the other their masterpieces. Emma is overly critical of young Lucie’s drawing of a cat. Lucie doesn't take criticism well and scribbles all over her sister’s work. Emma’s cat drawing is curious to see what all the excitement is about and ventures off of his page to check out the princess that Emma had drawn. The lovely mixed media that Freedman uses makes the illustrations very humorous and intriguing.
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This is a sweet little book unlike any I've really seen before. The illustrations are an adorable mix of two cute little sisters coupled with very childish drawings that my 2-year old daughter finds very amusing. The story is simple but something about the way it's all put together is just very charming. We have literally hundreds of books in our house and this is my daughter's current favorite. Fun to read for adults as well.
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Art 4, Story 3, Ending 3, Overall 3.

Scribble was a decent and somewhat clever story about drawings coming to life. I found the writing and drawings a little confusing, but a worthy attempt at bringing something different to the pages of a picture book.
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