"The misperception people have with the Internet is if you build a Web site, you're suddenly going to have a million visitors to your Web site," James Dague, co-owner of The ScribbleBooks Co., said.
"Nothing can be further from the truth." Dague
, along with his
wife, Paige, launched sites for ScribbleBooks
about two years ago and are in the process of doing a revamp to the sites. ScribbleBooks.com
includes information about the company and ordering products, while ScribbleMonster.com
provides an interactive place for children, ScribbleBooks' main audience.
The inspiration for the business came in 1983 when the Dagues were working in a nursery with children 3 years old and younger.
"When we had coloring time, already at that young age, many of them would not draw," Dague
"With the pictures Jim
was doing, he
would have the basic shape of the bunny and the child would scribble over it.
illustrated the titles, while Paige authored them.Each book offers the chance for children to complete the illustrations and also doubles as a storybook.
"What we found with the books is they really appeal even more so to the older kids who just use them in a different way.Older kids will put more detail to the pictures," Dague
"If you hand 100 different children the same initial page that they're starting with, the end result is 100 different pictures."
According to Dague
, the Web was the perfect medium for the entertainment he
"The majority of our sales come between our Web site and Amazon.com
"It's pretty much a way of opening up a store.
actually recently had a phone call ... from this Mexican band that wants to cover a ScribbleMonster song."
The company also sells the "Best of Friends" compilation CD by ScribbleMonster & His
, as ScribbleJim, and the pals perform live in different configurations for everything from private events like school classes to public gatherings such as August's I-CARE 5K Run/Walk for Autism Research at Lincoln Mall in Matteson.