written and illustrated by Ross Collins
(Albert Whitman) 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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Harvey's mom is heading to the store and admonishes him not to bother his busy father. On the surface, Harvey's response seems quite benign. He is simply going to do some drawing. Upon hearing this, Mom goes into a diatribe about how it is Doodleday and he must never draw on Doodleday. Before Harvey can get an explanation, Mom heads out the door. Without any background information, Harvey decides one small drawing couldn't hurt a fly and he doodles a fly. Suddenly he hears a buzzing sound in the kitchen and finds a color pencil drawing of a fat hairy fly creating havoc in the refrigerator. Harvey's solution is to draw a spider to get rid of this fly. This just makes the situation worse and puts his dad literally in a bind. Fortunately, Harvey has a smart mom who knows how to handle these drawings and put them in their place.
Doodleday is a creative blast reminiscent of Jumanji and Chalk where inanimate objects inexplicably come to life and create tons of trouble. How Harvey gets out of this predicament is a surprise, which makes this an excellent book to create a discussion about problem/solution and prediction. The illustrations will delight young readers who could use Doodleday as a springboard for a fun writing and/or drawing activity. I would ask students what they would draw if it were Doodleday and what would be the effects of their drawings come to life.
May 12th has been declared USA National Doodle Day with proceeds from the auctioning of celebrity doodles benefiting the fight against neurofibromatosis.
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