Howl is a heartfelt tale of big feelings, family love, self-expression, and how we can always be ourselves even after the wildest of changes.

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  • Publication date: 1 September 2020
    ISBN: 9781925849806
    Format (h x w): 275mm × 235mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Rights held: World

  • Publication date: 11 February 2021
    ISBN: 9781912854905
    Format (h x w): 275mm x 235mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: £11.99
    Rights held: World

  • Publication date: 6 October 2020
    ISBN: 9781950354450
    Format (h x w): 275mm x 235mm HB
    RRP: US $16.99
    Extent: 32pp
    Rights Held: World


Maggie was having a very bad day.

The sun was the wrong shape, in a sky that was too blue. The spaghetti was too long, and her pyjamas were the wrong kind of pyjama.

Then Maggie began to have wolfish thoughts . . .

Howl is a heartfelt tale of big feelings, family love, self-expression, and how we can always be ourselves even after the wildest of changes.

‘It is fantastic, and really timely given all of the big emotions everyone is dealing with these days.’
Picture Book Playdate


‘Kat Patrick and Evie Barrow bring us a surprising, magical, and beautifully drawn work that resonates with both young children and adults. What do we do when the world seems a bit too much, and we don’t know how to deal with our emotions? Given the times we are living in, these are questions many of us face. Howl addresses these feelings and offers a creative expression of our wildest thoughts in difficult times.’
—Reading Time

‘There’s a timelessness to the tale and an utter lack of judgment in the message: it’s OK to be a little wild every once in a while. Especially when it’s one of those days.’

‘[E]xquisite pencil and pastel illustrations create a mood of eerie mystique, highlighting the unique bond between mother and child, and underscoring the magical feeling of letting out big feelings and finding inner calmness once again.’
—Maya Espiritu, MaiStoryBook

‘[A] joint mother/daughter adventure in a similar vein to Where the Wild Things Are – where they just give in to their powerful emotions and let it rip. Paired with the stunning illustrations, this experience is very special.’
—Ryan Billingsley, Dad Suggests

‘Kat Patrick’s prescient story of young girl finding the power of expressing her rage, guided by her mother is the narrative of 2020.’
—Leesa Lambert, The Little Bookroom


Download these fabulous Howl activities from Evie Barrow here.

If this isn’t THE book for all the 2020 Big Feelings, then I don’t know what is.
—Shannon Wong-Nizic, Oh Creative Day


‘In Howl, Patrick’s warm storytelling style is beautifully enriched by Barrow’s bright, textured pencil drawings. Scribble has consistently put out fantastic children’s books since its launch in late 2016 and Howl is no exception. This is exactly the kind of gorgeous, imaginative, giftable picture book that booksellers will find themselves recommending far and wide come the lead-up to Christmas.’
–Bronte Coates, Books+Publishing

Howl is a book for our times, especially for mothers and children in lockdown. The narrative encourages us to express our emotions, it’s cathartic to howl it all out!
–Leesa Lambert, The Little Bookroom

‘[A] great story about helping children get through some of their intense emotions.’
–Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Review