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by Cristina Lalli


In this ode to originality and creativity, a little girl loves to draw, but struggles when no one understands her unique doodles.

Nola loves her scribbles. They go with her wherever she goes. But she can’t seem to share her scribbles with others—no one seems to understand the imaginative world she’s created for herself. Frustrated and uninspired, Nola draws a blank. A big, boring blank.

But when Nola falls deep into a creative slump, she discovers she’s not alone. If she can find the courage to share her scribbled ideas again, she may just inspire others to think outside the box and give their ideas a try too.

With playful illustrations, this imaginative tale shows readers of all ages the power in persevering to create and embrace unique expression.

Cristina Lalli has always believed that books have a special power. She received a Masters of Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and has worked in Chicago, New York, and London as a designer, illustrator, and educator. Now settled in Portland, Oregon, she is an active member of SCBWI. She received a Portfolio Honor Award at SCBWI LA 2018, and was the recipient of the SCBWI 2018 Don Freeman Grant for a pre-published work. This is her debut picture book.

Praise for Nola’s Scribbles Save the Day:

“Lalli’s picture-book debut highlights the delights of doodling and sketching as well as the lack of inspiration that sometimes follows... A lighthearted tale that validates following your own artistic vision.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Nola’s scribbles bring her story to life, clearly demonstrating the vital importance of each person’s unique gifts. [Nola’s Scribbles Save the Day] works as a prompt for numerous creative disciplines, from writing to art class.” —Booklist