Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel
Ruth McNalley Barshaw
Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5

My Recommended Age: 8 and up

I know that I am going to surprise you with this epiphany I had, but reluctant readers are the hardest to find books for! So, as I seem to have the most reluctant reader on the planet, I am always looking for books that she will like. And, let me just say, "She likes this one!"

It's camping time for eleven year old Ellie McDougal, but she's not happy about it. Ellie is stuck going with her Uncle Ewing, Aunt Ug, and three cousins Erick, Deanna, and Tiffie. Ellie's is not sure she can survive a week with them, but she has her sketchbook to help her through it. Similar to the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, Ellie McDoodle is a "novel in cartoons", however it is geared more for girls than boys.

This was a cute little story, and for those visual kids who want a chapter book with illustrations, but don't want it to look like they are reading a picture book, this is it! In the beginning of the book Ellie is quite the little snot, but as the story progresses, so does her attitude.
So far there are three books in this series all of which were very cute. They are:

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen will Travel
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School
Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever

If you are looking for something like Diary of a Wimpy Kid but for girls, try it out.

Happy Reading

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