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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.
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Overview

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.
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In this unpredictable blend of comic strip and children's drawings, two short-tempered siblings compare their magic marker artwork. Proud older sister Emma shows off her picture of a sleeping princess on bubblegum-pink poster paper. Defensive younger sister Lucie, less practiced with her pen, chooses mustard-gold paper and draws "a kitty" with a crude teardrop-shaped head and sticklike limbs. "It looks like a scribble," Emma tells her. Indignant, Lucie grabs a pen and scratches tangled loops, like twisted vines, all over Emma's Sleeping Beauty. This sibling squabble takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lucie's scrawled kitty, christened Scribble, decides to rescue the damsel. He leaps onto the pink page with Lucie and her actual pet kitten in hot pursuit. But "before Lucie could stop him, Scribble scrambled into a Giant Thicket, where deep within he discovered the Princess Aurora, who had been asleep for One Hundred Years." Scribble unravels the inky loops and finds an unlikely true love, a la Norton Juster's The Dot and the Line. Freedman, in her picture book debut, pictures the dueling sisters and their white kitten semi-naturalistically in pen, ink and watercolor, depicting their showdown in tidy comic panels with voice bubble dialogue. She creates their drawings in the naïve style of Lauren Child, and when Scribble comes to life, this anarchic, digitally enhanced art fills the pages and breaks the frames. The juxtaposition of realistic portraits and more playful designs results in often chaotic spreads, but Freedman's willingness to color outside the lines pays off-she's created a clever gem of a book. Ages 3-6. (May)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The quarrel between Emma and her little sister Lucie begins when Lucie scribbles what she calls a kitty on Emma's picture of Princess Aurora asleep under a spell. But then Lucie's "cat," Scribble, emerges from his yellow page and takes off into Emma's pink-paper picture, with Lucie close behind. Scribble climbs through the thicket of Lucie's scribbling and struggles past it to give Aurora the magic awakening kiss. The sisters and an involved white kitten are drawn naturalistically, but they interact with the child-like drawings of a very basic cat and a typical Princess Aurora. We are challenged to use our imaginations as the drawings come to life with Lucie and the cat in the middle of it all. In the end, Lucie tries to make peace with Emma, while Scribble and Aurora have a fairy-tale happy ending. The frantic adventures are shown through a combination of two contrasting art styles and are created using pencil with watercolors, Magic Markers, and digital coloring. The appealing girls and their cat behave believably amid the imaginative actions of their creations.
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K-Gr 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 CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Two children's drawings come to life in a clear case of, as the blurb so aptly puts it, "scribbling rivalry." After big sister Emma makes a slighting comment about her "scribble-kitty," Lucie covers Emma's slightly more elaborate picture of a sleeping princess in furious scrawls of crayon. When Scribble-Kitty decides to see what a Princess looks like, though, the tangle of scrawls becomes an obstacle, and it's only with help from a repentant Lucie that the lines are pulled aside into a neat coil. When Kitty reaches the Princess and kisses her, she wakes up and they decide to get married. Coming back into view, Emma protests that they can't-"But they did. And they all lived Happily Ever After. As drawings sometimes do." In panels that shift and overlap, the children are drawn realistically to keep the boundaries between real and play worlds separate-but like its ancestor Harold and the Purple Crayon, the unselfconscious (at least until the end) exploration of those boundaries here is liable to spark young imaginations. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375839665
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.19 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

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    We just finished reading Scribble...a great children's book. It made us smile from start to finish. The drawings are wonderful and the story has a unique flow that sparks and celebrates imagination -- and sisterhood -- in a very simple way. Get it, enjoy it, imagine, and draw.

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