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It's Not Scribble To Me - Book Review

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published December 28th 2019
A cheeky book about a toddler bursting with creative ideas


It's Not Scribble to Me is a children's picture book written by Kate Richie and illustrated by Jedda Robaard. It is 32 pages long and was published on 29 October 2018 by Puffin Books. It is suitable for children between 3 and 5 years of age.

It's Not Scribble to Me tells the story about a little bear who is full of so many wonderful, magical, colourful whimsical ideas in her head she cannot keep all of her artwork on paper. Sometimes her artwork spills onto the walls and that makes her Mum and Dad cross who think she is scribbling all over their walls. Can Bear convince them that her drawings are more than just scribbles?

I picked up this book because I have a child who produces A LOT of artwork and I was getting frustrated with all the artwork piling up in my house. I started throwing out some of her drawings while cleaning, and that made her mad. It got me thinking that maybe I should stop and think about what her artwork means to her first and ask her permission before putting any of them in the bin. This is what It's Not Scribble to Me is all about.

In the book, Bear tries to convince her parents to see her artwork through her eyes. She doesn't mean to make them mad by drawing on the walls. She just has so many ideas in her head. That red smear on the wall? It's Santa. That green scribble? It's a frog. The pink above the stairs? It's magic fairy dust showers. All of her artwork means something to her.

It's Not Scribble to Me encourages parents to take a deep breath and to look a little bit harder at their child's artwork to glimpse the pure joy inside them that helps them express themselves through art. After reading this book, I've changed how I think about my daughter's artwork. Her pictures go on the fridge and get put into binders and my favourites get sticky-taped to the wall above my computer desk. And when I do clean, I ask her permission before anything goes in the bin now. Her artwork means a lot to her and I understand that now.
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Why? Itís Not Scribble to Me is a story about a small child who loves to make art so much sometimes paper canít hold all her drawings and they spill onto the walls. But is it just scribbles or something more?
Cost: $10 - $19.99
Your Comment
You and this bookmake a wonderful point Marissa. I applaud your attitude to your daughter's artwork as too often without intent, we adults can stifle creativity in the young.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7956) 188 days ago
Is this the same Kate Ritchie from Home and Away?
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1108) 187 days ago
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