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Press:Random House Childrens Books Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 8, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-5
Author Name:Freedman, Deborah


Emma likes to draw princesses. 
Her little sister Lucie prefers kitties.
Emma and Lucie might not always get along, but can their drawings? Deborah Freedman proves once and for all whether kitties and princesses can live happily ever after in her charmingly original picture book debut.


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

About the Author

Deborah Freedman is an architect, who also likes to scribble. 
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters, Emma and Lucie.


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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.

  •     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.

  •     What a wonderful book for children of all ages to look at over and over again. They will have such fun reading and learning the adventures of the kitty and the princess.

  •     Love this book!

  •     This is a truly marvelous book. Taps into the understanding of small children ..... and every parent, too. The drawings are superb....from the naive to the very sophisticated. I will buy it for all my friends.... bound to become a favorite in every home library!

  •     Sibling rivalry takes a twist when two sister's drawings come to life and fall in love! My daughter, a cat lover with five of her own, is charmed by this unlikely romance.

  •     Wonderful book to talk about escalating situations and how to take a break when we aren't ready to continue the discussion.

  •     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.Reading and rereading the book brings something new to the eye every time. Did you catch the moment near the end where Emma's "sleeping" princess opens here eyes while Emma informs Lucie that kitties and princesses do not wed? Or that once Lucie has fully entered into Emma's picture, the princess appears to be trapped within a castle made up of different shades of pink on pink? Even Scribble's kiss on the princess's cheek is a tiny yellow heart, and the result causes his own cheeks to take on a rose colored hue of their own. Everything has its place in this book, and the repeating colors really tie it all together.And just apart from all of that, I really appreciate any book where a little girl character can wear yellow cat-bedecked overalls and short hair. Some books would have you believe that all little girls sport dresses and have long lovely locks 24/7. And how awesome is Scribble anyway? It is desperately hard for adults to draw like children. An adult who tries will usually mess up by getting proportions correct or will have lines too suspiciously smooth. Not Freedman. Scribble, as you can see from the cover, is absolutely perfect. Even when he starts moving about, his lines are absolutely remarkable. The oversized head coupled with the small body and wobbly legs. The princess isn't too shabby either, but it's really Scribble who steals the show time and time again. Best of all, I bet it wouldn't be too difficult for child readers to draw "Scribbles" of their own if they were so inspired to do so.It seems unfair to forget Freedman's words in the midst of her clever art. Consider her use of dialogue and narrative. When Scribble and Lucie go on their quest, the book's narration suddenly changes. Where before it was all speech bubbles and panels, now there's a narrator giving voice to the mute Scribble's thoughts and desires. Basically, the book becomes a real fairy tale for a little while, using terms like, "drowsy eyes and rosy cheeks." Even when Lucie follows her kitty to the other side, the book says that she goes through, "through acres of one color into another." Acres. That's lovely.I found myself thinking about a couple things from Scott McCloud'sUnderstanding Comicswhen I read this book. McCloud states that people who read comics identify more readily with cartoonish characters than the ones who look more realistic. In this book, Lucie and her sister are relatively realistic with the princess and Scribble appearing as simplified cartoons. So it wouldn't be too surprising if a kid reading this book ended up identifying with Scribble more than the girls, if we are to take McCloud's theory to heart. McCloud also discusses the importance of "line" in a comic. At the end of "Scribble", Lucie has successfully gathered up the line of the scribble she placed on her sister's picture. The last we see of it, her cat is playing with it as it dribbles off-screen. In many ways, this is a book about the very basics of cartooning, but in a way that's fun for very young children.The obvious equivalent to this book right off the top of my head would have to be something likeThe Three Pigsby David Wiesner. Other similarities include books likeBad Day at Riverbendby 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.

  •     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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