The Goobledygook and the Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting
Published by Penguin Books Australia
From the team that created ‘The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book’ comes a reformed book eating monster who now devours books with reading and pouring over the pages of his favourite ‘mon-story’ books.
The Gobbledygook finds as he reads, an illustrated monster that comes to life and off the page of his book, and runs rampart through the library scribbling his own illustrations on the books, the walls, and even the librarian’s face.
What I loved most about this book was how the Gobbledygook and the girl responded to the Scribbledynoodle’s vandalism and bad behaviour.
They redirect him! They take his interest in pictures and love of drawing, and they allow him to explore that passion in less destructive ways. The Scribbledynoodle is removed from the library and the three unlikely new friends imagine pictures in the shapes of the clouds in the sky. They enjoy the patterns on the ground made by a snail, and by the muddy wheels of a girl’s scooter, and they watch the Scribbledynoodle draw pictures in the sand at the playground.
They even make enjoyment for themselves by seeing the shapes in their shadows, and the colours in a rainbow made by a sprinkler. Best of all, the Scribbledynoodle is given paper at the end of the day to draw all the wonderful things that he got to do with the girl and the Gobbledygook – the best redirection for an artistic mess-maker!
The easy flowing rhyme is catchy and great for kids of all ages, and the lively and fun illustrations are relatable for young ones who love to scribble and doodle themselves!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Title: The Goobledygook and the Scribbledynoodle
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: October 2016