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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"'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 great deal of in these, unfortunately somewhat repetitious, pages. While Ellie's parents are away, she and her baby brother join their aunt, uncle and cousins on a camping trip. In line drawings accompanied by often acerbic commentary, the aspiring artist chronicles the ups and downs of this week-long expedition, which initially entails far more downs than ups. 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 six-armed monster grows tedious, as does the incessant bickering between the two cousins. More diverting are the young journalist's descriptions of such family activities as catching frogs, visiting an animal museum, taking a nature walk, star gazing and tossing water balloons. She also offers instructions for playing a handful of games. Predictably, as the vacation ends Ellie admits that she has had more fun than she'd expected and, on a list of things she learned during the week, includes a nugget of wisdom: 'No girl is an island. We're all in this together. Might as well try to get along.' Ages 8-12.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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 Enemys hands? And what will happen whengaspshe actually starts having fun? Part graphic novel, part confessional journal, part wilderness survival guide, Ellies story is a treat for young campers, vacationers, or anyone looking for a great summer read.

Synopsis:

Part graphic novel, part confessional journal, part wilderness survival guide, this volume--told by 12-year-old Ellie McDougal--is a treat for young campers, vacationers, or anyone looking for a great summer read. Illustrations.

About the Author

RUTH MCNALLY BARSHAW, life-long writer and artist, has worked in the advertising field, illustrated for newspapers, and won numerous essay-writing contests. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her family. This is her first book for young readers. Visit her at www.ruthexpress.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582347455
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Illustrator:
Barshaw, Ruth
Illustrator:
Barshaw, Ruth McNally
Author:
Barshaw, Ruth
Author:
Barshaw, Ruth McNally
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
CGN002000
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Camping & Outdoor Activities
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series:
Ellie McDoodle
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color illustrations throughout
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.42 x 5.68 x 0.705 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 176 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582347455 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'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 great deal of in these, unfortunately somewhat repetitious, pages. While Ellie's parents are away, she and her baby brother join their aunt, uncle and cousins on a camping trip. In line drawings accompanied by often acerbic commentary, the aspiring artist chronicles the ups and downs of this week-long expedition, which initially entails far more downs than ups. 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 six-armed monster grows tedious, as does the incessant bickering between the two cousins. More diverting are the young journalist's descriptions of such family activities as catching frogs, visiting an animal museum, taking a nature walk, star gazing and tossing water balloons. She also offers instructions for playing a handful of games. Predictably, as the vacation ends Ellie admits that she has had more fun than she'd expected and, on a list of things she learned during the week, includes a nugget of wisdom: 'No girl is an island. We're all in this together. Might as well try to get along.' Ages 8-12.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Enemys hands? And what will happen whengaspshe actually starts having fun? Part graphic novel, part confessional journal, part wilderness survival guide, Ellies story is a treat for young campers, vacationers, or anyone looking for a great summer read.
"Synopsis" by , Part graphic novel, part confessional journal, part wilderness survival guide, this volume--told by 12-year-old Ellie McDougal--is a treat for young campers, vacationers, or anyone looking for a great summer read. Illustrations.
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