REVIEW – The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

16147204“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?” (From Goodreads)

This is the first book in a series about Ellie McDougal, who loves drawing and doodling. In this book, she has to go camping in a cabin with her aunt, uncle and cousins, which she thinks is going to be horrible. She writes and draws in her diary to escape from her family, including Eric, who she draws as a monster.

I found this book unputdownable – once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I really liked Ellie, the main character, and I was very interested in her life. She had lots of adventures, and it was exciting when she went into the woods with her cousins and got lost. The words and the pictures worked together brilliantly and made the book truly enjoyable. The ending leads to the next book, which I definitely want to read.

Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid would enjoy this fantastic book. I really enjoyed it and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.



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