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Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel

by Ruth McNally Barshaw

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A fun book to read for older elementary kids. My daughter, who was in the second grade at the time, enjoyed me reading it to her as well. The doodles are great and the book can definitely be used as a started for getting children to keep their own journals! ( )
  DiamondDog | Mar 29, 2013 |
Our hero is dreading the vacation she is forced to take with her cousins -- all of whom are irritating in their own unique ways -- when her parents go out of town. Ellie McDoodle is determined to ignore her cousins and bury herself in her journal. The journal, of course, is the book. It's an account of the painful and hilarious and growth transformation Ellie makes over the course of the week she spends with her cousins, where she learns to appreciate each member of her exteneded family for very specific reasons. The hilarious illustrations included on every page show the ups and downs of Ellie's experience and tell the story in much more detail than the verbal entries. This deligthful romp in the woods with Ellie and her cousins is one beginning chapter readers, both boys and girls, should not miss. ( )
  ShellyCBuchanan | May 11, 2010 |
Ellie finds out that her parents are going on a 6 day trip to see Ellie's dads old uncle Peter died. When Ellie's perants go away Ellie has to stay at her enemies house, HER COSINES! How will that go? ( )
  afrusten | Apr 21, 2010 |
Reviewed by Bri P. for TeensReadToo.com

It's camping time for Ellie McDougal but she's not happy about it. Ellie's parents have to go out of town, so she and her baby brother, Ben-Ben, will be going with their Aunt Ug, Uncle Ewing, and cousins Erick, Deanna, and Tiffie. All of the camping supplies are packed and ready to go, including Ellie's sketchbook. Will the trip be as bad as Ellie is afraid it will be?

Through the pages of Ellie's sketchbook, she tells the story of her camping trip. She meets a 13-year-old boy by the name of Scott. He is one interesting character, as he speaks French, Japanese, and English. He wants to learn to draw, which is something that Ellie can help him with. He has to leave but never tells Ellie that he is leaving Campsite 137. She is saddened by her friend leaving. Her opinions of her relatives change throughout the book. In the beginning, she thinks of Erick as being a dinosaur but that changes as it goes along. Erick also collects frogs and thinks he has found the best frog, but holds him too tight -- Oh, no!

The illustrations are very cute and add meaning to the story. The characters you meet in this book are very unusual. The storyline keeps young readers interested. This is a must read for children ages 9-12 who would love to be entertained with a good story and a very easy read. With fewer words and many pictures on each page than most books for this age group, this is a delight. Pack up your bags and get ready for a camping adventure with Ellie along -- it's bound to be a great time! I hope that there are more exciting adventures of ELLIE MCDOODLE books in the future. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158234745X, Hardcover)

Ellie McDougal (better known to her friends as Ellie McDoodle because she loves to draw) is a nearly-twelve-year-old prisoner . . . of her aunt, uncle, three annoying cousins, and her baby brother, Ben-Ben. Sentenced to a week-long camping trip with them while her parents are out of town, Ellie is absolutely, positively determined to hate every single minute of the experience. Thank goodness she at least has her sketch journal, in which she records all the excruciating (and okay, very funny) details. Mosquito bites and trips to the Fred Moose museum she can handle. But how will she keep her journal from falling into Er-ick the Enemy's hands? And what will happen when--gasp--she actually starts having fun? Part graphic novel, part confessional journal, part wilderness survival guide, Ellie's story is a treat for young campers, vacationers, or anyone looking for a great summer read.

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Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

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