Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Scribble & Author Book Review & Blog Tour

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Displaying Scribble & Author.jpegSCRIBBLE & AUTHOR         
Author: Miri Leshem-Pelly

Publisher: Kane Miller Books

An excerpt from the book:
A color spot,
some pencil lines,
and here you are… Scribble!

Hi, who are you?
Hello Scribble.
I’m the author, and I’m here to help you create your journey.
Let’s start at the beginning.

Wow, Author, you’ve created a beautiful beginning!
Where do I go next?
Well, it’s your journey, so it’s up to you.
What would you like to do?

About the book:
Scribble & Author is written as a dialogue between the main character, Scribble, and the author who created her. 

Scribble's journey starts on a peaceful shore called THE BEGINNING, continues to the rough, adventurous MIDDLE, and leads finally to the gate of THE ENDING, but it’s not at all what Scribble expected… Scribble is a scribble and Author is an author, but who really gets to tell the tale?

A picture book about finding your own voice, making your own decisions, and writing your own story.

My thoughts:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from reading the blurb about the book. I have been purchasing Usborne Books though for years and love nearly everything they have ever put out (thats the first thing I look for at garage sales & thrift shops - it's like a thrill goes up my spine when I find one!). 

The first things I thought when I received the book is:
1) It's not really for younger kids. I tried reading it with my 3.5 year old Gianna and I think we got about 4 pages in before I lost her. She is able to sit through a 18-20 page storybook that isn't fiction but she just wasn't ready yet for a book like this. 
2) Now elementary age kids who are learning about the parts of a book and learning to use their writing skills may be able to read it and use it as a lead in to a activity. I'm thinking that Scribble & Author is for kids 7/8 and up.
3) I love the images in the book and I think a fun followup to do with preschoolers or elementary kids would be to have them "write" their own book using thumbprints and lines to illustrate their book. It would be fun to encourage kids to have the creature they create from their thumbprint talk back to them in the book. Can't you just see cute little thumbprint dragons, aliens and Darth Vadar's arguing with the author or planning an adventure? 
4) Another neat feature of this book is the use of watercolor in the story. It adds another element to catch the eyes of the reader and the use of the brush and watercolors draw the readers eyes to the movement of the story and the final conclusion of the book. If you've ever seen a post or an article about mixed media journaling the pictures very much remind of that technique. 

You can purchase Scribble & Author online @ Usborne Books & More for $12.99. 

About the author:
Displaying Miri Leshem-Pelly.jpgMiri Leshem-Pelly is the author-illustrator of 14 children’s books. She’s also illustrated 14 books for other writers. When Miri isn’t writing she can be found speaking at schools, kindergartens and libraries. She is invited to do more than 200 presentations with her books per year. Miri is also a Regional Advisor for SCBWI (Society of Children’s book writers & illustrators).
Miri is represented by Olswanger Literary Agency. Miri’s works have won awards and her illustrations have been shown on several exhibitions.
Miri lives in Israel with her husband and two children, and loves reading books and going on nature hikes. Her latest book is Scribble & Author.

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