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It’s Not Scribble To Me*

Written by Kate Ritchie

Illustrated by Jedda Robaard

Reviewed by Kerry Neary

Written in vibrant, bouncing verse, the story follows a little bear who has just entered the crayon phase of its life. Most likely, it has been inspired as a mother watches her child explore its surroundings during the day and written it down, something all parents could do but could we all translate that into a charming picture book like this?

The illustrations are drawn as comical caricatures, using gouache and, of course, crayon. They bring a sense of free creativity to the book. Let’s hope children don’t see themselves in this household adventure, but they probably will and will also enjoy the guilty fun it shares.

Penguin Picture Puffin 2018 Picture Book Hardback $19.99 32 pages ISBN 9780143790136

* A CBCA Notable Early Childhood book

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