Monday, January 19, 2009


Author: Peter Holwitz

Genre: Picture Book

Appropriate Age: 5-8

About the Author:

Peter Holwitz is the author and illustrator of "Scribbleville." He has three books published currently. Holwitz lives in California. He graduated from the University of California with a degree in Fine Arts.

About the Book:

Welcome to Scribbleville. It is a town that is as it sounds, made from scribbles. Everything is scribbled from the people to the street signs. Problems arise when someone new moves into town who is completely straight with no scribbles in sight. But with the help of some nice neighbors and a wise little boy, the town changes its views and begins to learn that the combination of straight and scribbled makes for a better town all around.

Why Little Aristotle's Library loves it:

The first thing that caught my eye about "Scribbleville" was the artwork. As it sounds, it is done almost completely with scribbles. The children I've read the book to enjoyed it because the pictures were silly. All pages though seem to use mediums children are accustomed to using. Colored pencils, scribbled watercolor, crayons, markers, etc.

Once the book had me within its pages though the story was what got to me. The book preaches diversity in a very relatable way for kids. The world is made up of scribbles and straight lines, but it is the collection of both that makes it beautiful.

"I loved the book because it is crazy and scribbly like my hair! If I were a kid still I'd love it for the zaney pictures." --Chris D. (A Little Library Supporter)

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