Little boy's scribbles inspire new children's book

Posted at 4:35 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 08:46:11-04

Little Ryan is only 3 years old. He loves his bow ties just like he loves his crayons.

Even at his young age, Ryan is quite the artist -- it just took a little while for his mom to see it. 

"As an artist, I wanted him to create a lot of things that I could recognize," said Diane Alber. "I wanted him to create a sun or an apple or a human or something that I could see. He was creating a lot of scribbles." 

So Alber went with it and just let him scribble. 

"Once you start looking at them in a different way, they really just take on a life of their own."  

Ryan's scribbles took on such a life that Alber wrote a children's book about them.  

The character is a scribble who doesn't look like the other drawings so they don't want to play with him. In the end, they all get along and make amazing art but Alber said kids are learning a lot more than a life lesson. 

"If you don't have those fine motor skills you're not going to be able to get the grip and the way your hand moves correctly." 

The book, titled "I'm Not Just a Scribble", will come with stickers to make the drawings come to life and, of course, a place to draw. 

Alber just hopes the next time you see a scribble, you take another good look.  

"I want people to look at a big form of art, like when they see a scribble they're going to go, 'that's awesome'."

Part of Alber's project was funded on Kickstarter.

"I'm Not Just a Scribble" will be available before Christmas at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe and on Amazon.