Scribbly: A Real Imaginary Friend Tale by Ged Adamson

Scribbly: A Real Imaginary Friend Tale by Ged Adamson. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021. 9780062670823

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Maude likes her new hometown, but is sad that she hasn’t made any friends there yet. She solves the problem by drawing a dog, who becomes her imaginary best friend Scribbly.  And while Scribbly is an ideal companion – playful and a little mischievous – Maude’s mother is a bit skeptical.  When Maude gets invited to a birthday party, she is nervous about meeting new people, especially when her mom tells her it would be best to leave the imaginary dog at home.  But Maude finds that Scribbly gives her the confidence she needs, and Mom realizes that Maude’s creativity is what makes her so special.

This delightful story is perfect for sharing with any child who has been anxious about fitting in in a new setting.   Maude’s first-person narration sets the right tone, conveying her range of emotions from trepidation to joy.  Readers will love the cartoonish illustrations, particularly as Scribbly appears as a blue crayon sketch in each scene, playing fetch and chase and snuggling with Maude.  

Anything you did not like about the book?  While I personally loved the ending (Maude’s mother takes her to an animal shelter to get a real dog) I hope it doesn’t give young readers false expectations.

To whom would you recommend this book? A good fit for 1st and 2nd grade readers who love The Adventures of Beekle or other stories about the power and importance of imagination.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, MA

Date of review: September 2, 2021

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