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4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  232 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Bailey arrives in a new neighbourhood with his extraordinary family. He has no friends but receives a mysterious invitation to join the Scribbleboy Fan Club. The one and only founding member is Ziggy Fuzz. His vital mission is to spread the word about Scribbleboy and his amazing scribbles which years ago transformed the gloomy grey concrete of the neighbourhood.
World Book Day Edition 2002
Published (first published 1997)
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Hannah Rose
Jan 07, 2014 Hannah Rose rated it it was amazing
So much nostalgia. My absolute favourite book as a kid (aside from the Harry Potters) I must've re-read it 15 times. Time to dig it out of the attic I think.
Mariam K
Jul 23, 2015 Mariam K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childhood
like if you were to shove all your dreams and nightmares and fantasies in a single book. it would be this one. i don't even have any more words to describe this one. heart eyes tbh

not read in 2015
Lucy Poulson
Jul 22, 2013 Lucy Poulson rated it it was amazing
Scribbletations Scribbler,

This is possibly the best children's book I have ever read. Whenever I read this book it brings back such happy summer memories as I reread this book for many summers in a row.

It is especially fantastic for children from unusual family situations. Ridley has fantastic insight into how children cope and feel in a tough family setting.

I recommend this book to everyone, old and young. It's vibrant, the characters are amongst the most imaginative ever created and there is
Melusine Parry
Strangely endearing despite an exhausting tone of constant hysteria. Full of fantasy and fun.
Sep 06, 2013 Manasa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to all children who enjoy crazy books like me
Recommended to Manasa by: my sweet dad
It was a very good book. It is FANTSTIC. Iam tempted to read it over and over again. PHILIP RIDLEY is a very imaginative author. the characters in the book are Baily; Ziggy; Monty; Tiffany; Skipper;;; Ma galmrock; Pa punrock; Levi Toot; Hip - hop; Be - bop Shoo - wop and scribbleboy [The main man]. Years ago, he transformed them gloomy grey concreat into glittering colours. It took many days for me to finish, but i enjoyed the journey of the funny & crazy book.
May 29, 2010 Viktoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, children
what a beautiful story! funny and crazy characters that are all very likable. and they'r all speaking diffrently. very simple way to characterize and this is just making it a fun read.
ridley finds the right dosage between what's real and what's fantasy or what even could be magic.
i just think the ending is a bit cheesy. not that i don't want that for bailey...
Muriel Detal
Oct 12, 2012 Muriel Detal rated it it was amazing
This book i clearly remember my teacher in grade 5 or 6, reading it to the whole class. After we finished the book we were told to design our own cover of Scribbleboy. FANTASTIC book, Philip Ridley is an amazing writer for Children's books, he could really create beautifully & shape out the imagination of kids minds.
Mar 30, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Can't decide what I think of this book. I think some kids will enjoy it and I enjoyed some parts but some parts were a little annoying (perhaps it was the audio and not the book, though?, I'm not sure...). Tiffany's over use of "sweetheart" drove me crazy, for instance.
Alexiss, x
Jul 19, 2007 Alexiss, x rated it really liked it
i read this book in primary school and i quite liked it it is about children who are loking for thier child leader so they chose an ordanairy boy who the name scrible boy and becomes thier leader
One of my favourite childhood books. When I think of Philip Ridley's writing I imagine fireworks in my brain, he is so very unique.
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