Scribbles and Ink, the Contest

Scribbles and Ink, the Contest

by Ethan Long
     
 

Scribbles the cat and Ink the mouse are buddies and fellow artists. Ink is excited for them to enter a "Draw a Dinosaur" contest. The prize is two tickets to a mud-themed amusement park. Ink is secretly scared of drawing a dinosaur. He urges Scribbles to have a go at it—but thinks the resulting effort looks like a prehistoric chicken. Next, Ink draws...an egg&

Overview

Scribbles the cat and Ink the mouse are buddies and fellow artists. Ink is excited for them to enter a "Draw a Dinosaur" contest. The prize is two tickets to a mud-themed amusement park. Ink is secretly scared of drawing a dinosaur. He urges Scribbles to have a go at it—but thinks the resulting effort looks like a prehistoric chicken. Next, Ink draws...an egg—and insists there's a dinosaur inside it. He's right! As the egg-drawing hatches, a baby dino crawls out, and starts wailing for his mommy. Suddenly, the Chick-a-saurus comes in and scoops the baby into her feathery arms. Realizing that they won't win the contest, Ink creates a "Best Buddy" trophy for Scribbles and Ink and dino-duo throw a mud party for Ink!

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Scribbles and Ink fumble a contest entry, with amusing results. Scribbles, a cat with scribble-style fur, and Ink, a mouse with clean edges that sometimes drip ink, aspire to win a competition--"Draw a Dino! Win a Prize!"--so they can go to Mudsplash Mountain, the muddiest place on Earth. Scribbles takes a big blue pencil and draws something with sharp teeth and a pointy tail, but, oh dear: "Behold its bony thighs and feathery body!" says Ink, naming it a "chick-a-saurus." Ink, gripping a paintbrush twice his height, approaches the task conceptually, painting an egg's red outline. Suddenly, it cracks, and a roundish, vaguely dino-ish monster emerges, querying "Mommy?" of both artists (a cheerfully postmodern nod to P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother?). "Nope. Sorry, dude," says Scribbles. The outsized baby monster finds its mother--whose identity is hilarious--and Scribbles and Ink get a surprising mud frolic without reaching Mudsplash Mountain. Three hue sets and visual styles work well together: the mobile, black bodies of Scribbles and Ink themselves, the casual blue and red lines of their simple artwork, and the gleamingly realistic detail of their pencil and paintbrush. The pages are slightly cramped, given all the motion, but then again, Long's playing with cartoon conventions and frame breaks. A giggle-inducing romp about making mud while the sun shines. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609053512
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
655,822
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ethan Long grew up in Pennsylvania and attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. He later created an animated television series called "Tasty Time With ZeFronk!", a short-form animated preschool series currently airing on Playhouse Disney. He has created books for Blue Apple's Balloon Toons as well as a picture book and drawing activity book (featuring Scribbles and Ink).  His illustrations have earned awards and been chosen to be exhibited in the prestigious Society of Illustrators shows in Los Angeles and New York. Ethan lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

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