Scribbles and Ink: Out of the Box - A Jump Into Chapters Book

by Ethan Long

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Drawn together again for more artistic shenanigans— and cheese!

The artistic duo returns in a tale about a box. Just a box? Well, it’s brown and square and looks just like a box. That is, until Scribbles and Ink get ahold of it. Then it’s....
• a rocket ship
• a monster-head
• a skyscraper
• a pair of pants!
The problem is, there’s just one box—and Scribbles and Ink both want it! Which of the battling buddies will out-box the other? Or will their friendship rip apart like so much corrugated cardboard?
Inspiring both artistic creativity and independent reading, Out of the Box is the second Scribbles and Ink book in the JUMP-INTO-CHAPTERS! series. The longer story with a simple text, vivid characters, and lots of action is ideal for kids who are ready for more than a picture book.

Editorial Review

Kirkus Reviews

Cardboard boxes may never seem dull again.

Back from their last high-energy artistic adventure (The Contest, 2013), best friends Scribbles and Ink go to town with imaginative play, fighting and reconciling along the way. Ink, a mouse, places an online order. His package arrives moments later (thanks to “super speedy express delivery”) in a plain, brown, cardboard box. Ink wants only the cheese inside; Scribbles, a cat uninterested in cheese, politely requests the box itself. In Scribbles’ mind, the box could be anything from a sandbox or box kite (hee) to the Boxistar Galacticat. Fashioning the box into a pair of overalls, he models them for Ink, who feels a sudden burning need to try them on. Possessiveness and rivalry creep in; Ink employs some antagonistic cartoon physics—painting a hole on the floor, into which Scribbles falls—and a tug of war for the box rips it plumb in half. Of course they make up, and a “box-tastic…box-i-licious” feast ensues. The real star here is the box, which, whether plain or decorated or ripped or transformed, stands out as a rivetingly realistic photograph in a world that—except for Scribbles’ pencils and Ink’s brush—is otherwise entirely drawn and painted. Corrugated cardboard has never looked so alluring.

The perfect choice for after a move or whenever boxes are handy.

About The Author/Artist

Ethan Long is the recipient of the 2013 Theodore Geisel Award for excellence in early readers. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. Visit him online at


Ages 5-8.

About Jump into Chapters:

A First Chapter Book Series for Independent Readers

Welcome to a new series created to bridge the gap between read-to-me books and read-on-my-own books!

Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple’s publisher and founder, was among the pioneers in creating early readers that help kids transition into becoming independent and successful readers. A crucial step in this process is to offer books with more pages and more plot, while retaining a spare word count and text style.

Enter Jump Into Chapters, a new series of books created to transition readers from picture books to text-heavy chapter books. The first three books in the series have between 72 and 96 pages, but very few words per page. In short, the page count increases, while the word count remains low.
These books are designed to fill an important gap in reading materials.

It’s important to have books that challenge the new reader to remember what happened eighty pages or more after he/she began. Best of all, each of the books features fresh-and-funny, character-driven stories. Kids will feel like they’ve made some great new friends who reflect their lives and feelings.

Common Core Correlation:
• Identify Key Ideas & Details (Gr. 1)
• Compare & Contrast Character Experience (Gr. 1) • Identify Different Points of View (Gr. 2)
• Integrate Picture Knowledge to Support Text (Gr. 3)


USA 12.99 | Canada 15.99

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