Ellie McDoodle by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Have Pen, Will Travel

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Synopsis

Ellie captures all the excruciating and funny details of a dreaded camping trip in her secret journal. Complete with games, songs, weird facts, and more, Ellie's sketch diary soon reveals she's actually having fun! Perfect for sleep-away campers, vacationers, and any kid looking for a great summer read.


"Reminiscent of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid... Humorous and realistic." --SLJ on Ellie McDoodle New Kid in School

 

About Ruth McNally Barshaw

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RUTH MCNALLY BARSHAW has worked in advertising, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen,Will Travel was her first children's book. She lives in Michigan with her family. www.ruthexpress.com
 
Published May 6, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 192 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Forced to go camping in northern Michigan with her three cousins and younger brother, 11-year-old Ellie keeps a copiously illustrated record of the experience, documenting her dislike for the family and the situation, as well as her growing enjoyment by the end of the week.

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Barshaw’s debut children’s book, a paper-over-board volume, replicates the sketchbook of 11-year-old Ellie McDougal. Her surname nickname reflects her love of doodling, which she does a

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For starters, Ellie points out that her aunt is in a “perpetual bad mood” and all of her three cousins “are pains,” especially Eric, whom she refers to as “Er-ick” and describes as “a nose-picking, booger-slurping, bug-infested parasite.” Ellie’s depiction of him (through most of the book) as a s...

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Examiner

The book ends leaving the reader waiting for more which leads perfectly into Barshaw’s second book Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School.

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KidsReads

Ellie also gives readers "Tips for Surviving Camp with relatives you can't stand," which warns sufferers to "keep your distance" and "don't pick up any of their bad habits."

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Bulldog Readers Blog

Ellie McDoodle’s family decides to move to a new town and Ellie not happy at all.

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