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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312561563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312561567
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—A novel told in doodles. Twelve-year-old Dodo moves from Southern California to San Francisco with her family, renaming herself "Doodlebug" as she begins her journal on the long drive there. Her parents decided to change locales when she was kicked out of school for an unfortunate incident involving her ADD medication. At her new school, Dodo hopes to use doodling instead of Ritalin to help her "survive." She tells her story using small drawings and words that are sometimes written in cursive, sometimes in capital letters, each page a fresh, creative layout. Reluctant and struggling readers may appreciate the alternative storytelling format. While Young does not quite attain the level of humor of other authors in this genre, Dodo's voice is genuine and will especially resonate with girls who have similar problems.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Seventh-grader Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family has moved to San Francisco, where her father is starting a new job; however, because she was kicked out of her old school, Doreen believes that she was responsible. When given a blank notebook to while away the long drive, Doreen starts doodling all kinds of things and decides to call herself Doodlebug. She writes in the notebook about her new school, how easily younger sister Momo (Maureen) seems to adjust, and about the troubles she gets into with her new teachers, who don’t quite understand Doodlebug’s absolute need to doodle. Along the way, readers find out what happened at her old school; learn that her parents are struggling, too; and see that Momo has her own problems adjusting. Like Melissa Moss’ Amelia books, Young presents the story as if it is Doodlebug’s notebook, incorporating drawings, graphs, and different kinds of lettering that are an integral part of the story and make this insightful look into a middle-grader’s life a pleasure to read. Grades 3-5. --Kat Kan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Carson Levine on July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If I were a doodlebug, I would draw a picture of me hugging this book. I heart it. I felt entirely inside Doodlebug while I read and enjoyed the drawings, as if I could feel her breathe or hiccup or pet the cat. The story wound up exactly perfectly, but I won't give it away. I want more Doodlebug books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dodo (short for Doreen) renames herself Doodlebug when she starts drawing to pass the time during the family's move from Los Angeles to San Francisco. She likes it so much, and she's so good at it, that she keeps on doodling through her classes at her new school. It helps her make friends, but some of her teachers are not amused. Can she convince them that doodling helps her learn?

Doodlebug, a Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young explores how some children have different learning styles and ways of coping to help them through emotionally trying times. Doreen and her sister Maureen (or Momo), both have to figure out how to adjust to their new environment, and they have different styles of coping. Their parents are also adjusting to new jobs, and maybe not paying as much attention to their children as they need to while they do.

The illustrations, made to look like doodles, are a perfect companion to the story. They're sophisticated enough so you know the author is also a talented illustrator, but they're also simple enough for readers to feel that maybe they could take up doodling as well. Doodlebug ends up being her own best advocate and learns a lot about addressing problems instead of ignoring them and hoping they will go away.

I recommend Doodlebug for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged nine to 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison James on July 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Really well-written books allow you to disappear into the character's life. But Doodlebug is a really well-drawn book. I found that I felt as if I was looking over the shoulder of a fascinating kid and reading her private thoughts. The concept is fun, a novel in doodles, and the story is more than just fun. It has great things to say in a lighthearted way about being yourself and discovering who that person really is. It's as if Doreen the "Doodlebug" is sketching drafts of her personality and developing them throughout the book. The evolution of character would seem to be tricky with such a visual medium, but Karen Romano Young's skill at crafting literary fiction shows through the pen-and-ink lines. Her characters grow, her plot twists with tension, and all the while, there is a playful overtone that comes with the whole doodle-thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Doreen's family, (parents and Momo, younger sister) are moving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. On the drive there Doreen discovers that she loves to doodle, it also calm her down so she can focus. At her old school Doreen was diagnosed with ADD and put on Ritalin. Doreen got in trouble at her old school, she didn't like being on Ritalin. With her journal and pens Doreen doesn't need it any more.

Before the move Doreen went by Dodo. When they make it to their home she's Doodle. The author did a wonderful job with Doreen's voice. I loved it. Doreen is a smart girl, that worries a mistake she made will follow her to another city. The younger sister, Momo has a storyline of her own. The parents are actively involved, encouraging and supporting their daughters. I loved Doodlebug. Its entertaining, creative, serious and funny.
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