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In Scribbleville, everything is made of wiggles and scribbles--with nary a straight line in sight. But one day a straight-as-a-stick stranger arrives. Perhaps he doesn't belong, but one child soon looks beyond the edges and sees what others cannot. Full color.
Published June 16th 2005 by Philomel
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Janette Fuller
Scribbleville is a pleasant little town where everyone and everything is scribbled. The people have scribbled houses, scribbled pets and they walk with wiggles. There is not a single straight line in Scribbleville.

One day, a stranger moves into town and Scribbleville is never the same. The newcomer is straight, not scribbled, and drives a big yellow truck that is as straight as a stick. The man builds a perfectly straight house with a white picket fence around the yard. The people in Scribblevil...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 23, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: young children and their adults, those who enjoy Dr. Seuss type rhyming books
I’d just read this author illustrator’s book The Big Blue Spot and I wanted to read his other books. This is another creative effort. I love children’s book creators who can both write and illustrate and this author does a magnificent job with doing both.

This is a perfect read aloud book. The rhyming story reminded me of Dr. Seuss’s books. The story contains a bit of social commentary and does so in a fun way. The message that differences among people should not be the cause of exclusion/separat...more
Welcome to Scribbleville, where everything is made entirely of wiggles, squiggles, and scribbles. Straight lines are nowhere to be found, and the people of Scribbleville like it that way! Until the day an odd-looking stranger arrives . . . He is as straight as a stick. He builds a square house with a pointed roof.Wherever he goes, people stare and think: Someone should tell him he doesn't belong! And perhaps he doesn't. Until one child looks beyond the edges and sees what others cannot.

A simple...more
After reading the book Scribbleville with Caroline I knew it was one that we needed to review. It is a beautiful story that eloquently teaches children not to be afraid of people who are different.

This would be the ideal read for a children’s lesson on:

the acceptance of others
being oneself
opposites (scribbles vs. straight)
children’s influence (the hero is a child)
the parts of a good story
character development
art theory (turning scribbles into pictures)

Go o...more
In Scribbeville, where everything is made of squiggly lines, residents are scandalized by the arrival of a stranger made of straight lines. Although Scribbleville citizens are initially resistant to this man, a child helps everyone appreciate his differences.

Fun way to teach children about the absurdities of prejudice. Great analogy to interracial marriage – the town is horrified by the stick straight man’s relationship to a scribbled woman. Especially important- a child teaches the adults about...more
Sandy Brehl
The norm in Scribbleville is, of course, scribbles, and when a straight-lined truck with smooth round wheels rolls into town the tension begins. Told in generally competent rhymed verse it is an anaolgy about stereotypes, prejudice, etc. with some kid appeal, but a somewhat blatant and predictable message.
I was uncomfortable with the adjectives used for the "scribbled" traits (messy hair, chicken-scratch cats, etc.).
Aleisha Pendleton
I loved this book. I think it is great book to teach children the lesson of equality and treating everyone the same no matter how different. It would also be a good book to have an art assignment go along with it.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
I like the book because it gives you a lesson that people may look different but they're still a person. Somebody may look different but greet then in a kind way not a mean way. A.
Love this story. It should be required reading for all families. What a great way to teach kids about diversity!
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