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The author of the book: Deborah Freedman
Edition: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: May 8th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780375839665
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 311 KB
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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. Eventually, as Emma leaves and Lucie's imagination has a chance to expand, the piece of paper containing Scribble grows to immense proportions, completely obliterating the entire paneled scheme. Emma's real cat, a small white one who takes to Scribble as recognizable kin, is always easy to spot against the yellow and pink background. Ditto Emma's white shirt beneath her overalls. The color scheme of the book bounces back and forth between pink and yellow. Emma wears all pink and Lucie all yellow. Yet when Lucie crosses over from her yellow paper to Emma's pink world, suddenly her overalls take on an unfamiliar rosy hue. On a related note, it's interesting to watch the dynamic between the two sisters. They're always shown across the table from one another, one on her pink side and one on her yellow. It's fun to see how Lucie's literal leap into her sister's world helps change her own perspective.
The obvious equivalent to this book right off the top of my head would have to be something like The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. Other similarities include books like Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg. I wouldn't say that it was common for a character in a book to be aware of their status on a page, but at the very least it's not viewed as too complex for children to understand. The real lure of "Scribble" is that even as the realistic main character starts interacting with her drawn cat scribble, we totally believe in her journey. It's easy to interpret this story as the way in which Lucie deals with her guilt over scribbling over her sister's picture and concocts this complex narrative of rescue and marriage as a kind of therapeutic release. Either that or it just a fun book for fun kids. No reason why it can't be both, to my mind. It's a remarkable package hiding within the most deceptively simple premise I've run across this year. It's a book that's smart enough for adults and kid-centric enough for its intended audience. A sleeper hit that I seriously hope you will not miss.
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Read information about the authorOnce upon a time, I was an architect. But now I'd much rather build worlds in books — picture books like Scribble , Blue Chicken , The Story of Fish & Snail , and By Mouse & Frog . My most recent books are Shy and This House, Once . Coming in April, 2019: CARL and the meaning of life .
I love reading books; I hate rating them! Let's just say that if I didn't like a book, it isn't here at all.
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