Emma loves to draw princesses. Her little sister Lucie prefers kitties. Emma and Lucie might not always get along, but can their drawings? Deborah Freedman makes a wholly original picture-book debut with this charming story of two sisters and their scribbling rivalry.

SCRIBBLE, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007


  • Association of Booksellers for Children - Best Books 2007
  • Book Sense - Children's Picks 2007

  • Connecticut Book Awards - 2008 Finalist
  • Fuse #8 - Best "Under the Radar" Picture Book for 2007
  • Rocky Mountain News - 10 Best Children's Books of 2007

"... a remarkable package hiding within the most deceptively simple premise I've run across this year. It's a book that's smart enough for adults and kid-centric enough for its intended audience. A sleeper hit that I seriously hope you will not miss." — A Fuse #8 Production

"This wonderfully inventive... book's unique mix of artistic styles and its color-saturated pages make this a fun choice for children at nearly any stage of development." — Associated Press

"Freedman will certainly jump to many readers' favorite author-illustrator lists after this imaginative book." — Rocky Mountain News "Pick of the Week"

"Squabbling siblings, ingenuity and the irresistible innocence of preschool art combine to make this slick spin on the sleeping beauty standby a welcome trip outside the box."
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"Creating artwork has special meaning for a child, and for many the pictures even take on lives of their own. That concept gets some mischievous élan in this imaginative book... "— Cookie Magazine, *** "surefire hit"

"... A fun and imaginative romp." — School Library Journal

"...Freedman's willingness to color outside the lines pays off - she's created a clever gem of a book." — Publishers Weekly

"...her exceedingly clever and entertaining little tale will enchant the very youngest of readers, while also enthralling older readers who are savvy enough to appreciate and ponder its many dimensions." — Bookpage

"...liable to spark young imaginations". — Kirkus Reviews