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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670079223
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.00

The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle


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A delightful and fun book for preschoolers from the ever-popular singer, actress and children's TV presenter, Justine Clarke, teamed with Arthur Baysting.

Look! Look! It's the Gobbledygook!
He's reading his favourite mon-story book.
He's taking a look at his mon-story friends.
And this is where the story really begins . . .

When a monster jumps right out of the Gobbledygook's library book, it takes a bit of clever handling to stop the Scribbledynoodle from scribbling on things it shouldn't!

  • Pub date: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670079223
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Authors

Justine Clarke

Justine Clarke is one of Australia's most accomplished and admired performers: a best-selling children's singer; acclaimed film, television and stage actress with credits that include Tangle, Love My Way, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Japanese Story and Hedda Gabler. With this is also her constant, reassuring presence on the ABC TV institution, Play School and recent critical and commercial success The Time of Our Lives.

Justine's live shows include sing-a-long favourites from her three ARIA nominated albums, I Like to Sing, Songs to Make You Smile and Great Big World, accompanied by a live band of fine musicians.

Arthur Baysting

Arthur Baysting is an award-winning screenwriter, children's television writer, a songwriter and an advocate for children's rights. He comes from New Zealand and used to be a stand-up comedian.

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and Medical Observer.

He is an acclaimed children's book illustrator whose work includes a series about a little pirate (The Littlest Pirate), books about a teddy bear called Ted (Ted Goes Wild, Ted Gets Lost and Ted Hits Town) and the Sporty Kids series, written by Felice Arena.

His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure written by Paul Newman.

In 2011, Tom was included in the editorial category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York.


Praise for The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle

“Not only is this a clever book in regards to concept, it takes a very difficult, frustrating situation (a misbehaving creature) and teaches children how love, inclusiveness, warm attention and redirection can totally transform the wayward to the wonderful. Its messaging is subtle and beautifully done.”

Tania McCartney, Kids' Book Review

“The easy flowing rhyme is catchy and great for kids of all ages, and the lively and fun illustrations are relatable for young ones who love to scribble and doodle themselves!”

Elizabeth Paterson, www.creativekidstales.com.au

“Clarke and Baysting have been composing children's songs together for a while now and it shows in their proficiency i rhythm, resulting in a text that begs to be read aloud. There is a pervasive cheekiness evident that turns out to be somewhat subversive about resourcefulness and the inherent pleasures in the world that are waiting to be employed for a child's entertainment. (Tom) Jellett deftly and successfully relies on the comic capabilities of his monster creations and the girl sidekick. The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle is an enthusiastic celebration of creativity and companionship.”

Tali Lavi, Magpies


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