Line and Scribble
★"Author Vogrig’s taut, spare narrative leaves ample space for readers to see their own personalities in the story while Valentinis’ illustrations of simple black lines accented with details of red on rich white paper do a superb job of presenting just enough and not too much, encouraging the engagement of readers’ imaginations. . . . Beyond enjoying the straightforward accomplishments of Line and the spontaneous creativity of Scribble, readers may arrive at a deeper understanding of their own unique qualities and how difference contributes to the richness and variety of friendships and diversity. Lovely to look at; profound to ponder."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Line and Scribble do things differently. Line goes straight while Scribble wanders. Line walks a tightrope as Scribble bursts into fireworks. Line likes to draw with a ruler, and Scribble, well . . . doesn't.
But no matter how different they may seem, Line and Scribble always have enough in common to be best friends.
- A friendship story that embraces differences instead of competing
- Emphasizes how imagination, creativity, and art can change how we see the world—and each other
- Promotes visual literacy, recognition, and learning to make connections
This sweet book brims with opportunities for young readers to engage with the building blocks of familiar shapes (lines, circles, squiggles), as well as spotting opposites and differences.
- Harold and the Purple Crayon meets Press Here in this highly visual, effortlessly imaginative friendship story.
- Resonates year-round as a go-to new gift for birthdays and holidays
- Perfect for children ages 3 to 5 years old
- Makes a great pick for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians and teachers.
- Add it to the shelf with books like Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, I'm NOT just a Scribble . . . by Diane Alber, and Eraser by Anna Kang.
Debora Vogrig is a high-school literature teacher and the author of a poetry collection. She lives in Italy.
Pia Valentinis is an award-winning author and illustrator based in Italy whose work has been published in a number of countries.
★"Author Vogrig’s taut, spare narrative leaves ample space for readers to see their own personalities in the story while Valentinis’ illustrations of simple black lines accented with details of red on rich white paper do a superb job of presenting just enough and not too much, encouraging the engagement of readers’ imaginations. . . . Lovely to look at; profound to ponder."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A line and a scribble face off in this creative battle of drawing styles, à la Harold and the Purple Crayon and Linus the Little Yellow Pencil. . . [Line and Scribble is] a book early childhood teachers will welcome into their classroom. Excellent for lessons in creativity and encouraging children’s awareness of the world around them."
"This story is a celebration of that which makes us different. . . . The text is straightforward and playful. . . Eventually, our friends team up to create a dramatic storm for all to enjoy. Though the two have different tastes, there isn’t a competitive feel; rather, each is impressed, throughout, with what the other can do."
—The Horn Book Magazine
"A pair of opposites cooperatively coexist in this engaging picture book. . . . A delightful celebration of individuality, creativity, and friendship; a valuable addition to most collections."
—School Library Journal