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BOOK REVIEW: The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting

| 16 November 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting

Penguin Viking
October 2016
Hardcover, $19.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Picture Book




Like in The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book, our story starts with a critter of some sort who is mistreating books, and learns, through the course of the story, how to handle them better. 

In the first book, the eponymous Gobbledygook thinks tearing and eating books is the best use for them, and learns that there are better ways to absorb the information on the pages… ways that will allow others to enjoy the stories, too.

The Scribbledynoodle of this title, true to his name, is a noodle who runs around scribbling on everything that crosses his path, from library books all the way through to… the librarian!

So the noodle it doodles all over the wall!
The librarian doesn’t notice at all
She’s lying back and having a kip
It draws a moustache on the top of her lip

The gobbledygook and our narrator take the time to teach the scribbledy noodle about all the fun that can be had when using your imagination, and then show it the correct place to “scribble”. 

A magnificent, magical, colourful doodle
Of a day in the life of a Scribbledynoodle!

Like the story that came before, this is a great book full of rhymes so easily associated with children’s entertainer and singer, Justine Clarke – my personal favourite from my days as a nanny. The rhymes will engage even the youngest of readers (or rather, listeners), and the message within these pages is one so important to learn from a young age; about drawing in the correct places, and treating books with love and respect.


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