Title: The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle
Author: Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
RRP: $19.99

The Gobbledygook is back! He is in the library reading his favourite monster book when a monster pops out, the Scribbledynoodle. It proceeds to scribble over everything, including the librarian who is having a nap in her chair! (From experience I know this can never happen, but let’s go with it, because this book is fun.) They take it outside where they eat and play, finding pictures and patterns in clouds, snail trails and other things.

This picture book for younger readers is told in rhyme and accompanied with bright full-page illustrations. The rhyme is fun and works well when read aloud. Tom Jellett has used a mixture of illustrative techniques that give texture. His authentic and recognisable style is fun and works brilliantly with the jaunty, rhyming text. The use of line, colour, direction and shape all play a fun part. This fun begins with the end papers. The Gobbledygook is on the front end papers in two tones of orange while the Scribbledynoodle is on the back end papers, in two tones of green.

This book is so much fun and has a lot of potential for interaction during and after the reading. This book is sure to hook a young audience.

Possible activities and discussion starters

Before reading:

  • Look at the front cover. What do you think this book might be about? What roles do you think the characters might play? What does this orange character look like? Open to the front end paper to see the orange outline of the Gobbledygook.
  • Turn the page and look at the scribbles. Should there be scribbles in this book? Have you ever scribbled in a book?

During reading:

  • Have the audience answer the question posed in the text.
  • There are many things in this book the audience will recognise and relate to. Discuss these as opportunities arise.

After reading:

  • Make your own scribble pictures.
  • Make up your own monster names and draw them.
  • Take the children outside and look for pictures in their environment, similar to those in the book.
  • Gather some leaves and make pictures with them on the ground. Take photos for a display.
  • Talk about shadows and how they change during the day. With the children standing outside, in the same spot, make outlines at various times during the day and look at how they change.
  • Make shadow people using a lamp. Trace outline and have children colour, or scribble, inside.
  • Scribbling loosens the muscles, helping young children prepare for writing. Have young children scribble before writing.
  • In a public library, have a long ream of paper and have the children, and parents/carers, draw a picture for display. Invite them to return to see it up on the wall in the library.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for supplying this book for review.