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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ellie McDoodle
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599902761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599902760
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—Eleven-year-old budding artist Eleanor McDougal shares the sketch diary she keeps throughout her camping trip to northern Michigan. She's making the trip with relatives she does not know very well. Her descriptions of Aunt Ug, Uncle Ewing, and her three cousins are scathing, while she portrays herself as an accomplished artist, naturalist, and born leader. Readers see other facets of Ellie's character as she teases and berates her cousins and ignores her three-year-old brother. When her behavior gets out of control, the adults step in with discipline that forces Ellie to get to know her cousins. Initially the kids forge friendships by playing pranks on the others, but ultimately they enjoy many adventures. Ellie shares instructions and diagrams for games such as "Spoons," "Fing Fang Fooey," and "Sardines" that are easy to follow and will inspire readers to gather friends and play. The engaging text reflects a contemporary preadolescent sensibility and is chock-full of clean, distinguished line drawings on each spread. As Ellie shares her frustrations, conflicts, fun and wildlife facts, readers observe the valuable lessons that she learns about getting along with others—even if they seem to be obnoxious relatives. Ellie hints at further summer surprises, and readers will look forward to her next adventure.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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From Kirkus ReviewsPart journal, part graphic novel, all fun (with echoes of Harriet the Spy), this is a clever account of a growing-up experience that familiar to middle-grade readers. —Kirkus Reviews
From School Library Journal 
The engaging text reflects a contemporary preadolescent sensibility and is chock-full of clean, distinguished line drawings on each spread. As Ellie shares her frustrations, conflicts, fun and wildlife facts, readers observe the valuable lessons that she learns about getting along with others–even if they seem to be obnoxious relatives. Ellie hints at further summer surprises, and readers will look forward to her next adventure. —School Library Journal From CurledUp.comEllie’s journal encompasses a little frog mystery, a little Seaweed Sally intrigue, and lots of wilderness adventure and drama. Ruth McNally Barshaw’s first book for children speaks volumes with its words and its pictures. This record of a diarist is fun to read and recommended. —CurledUp.com From Grand Rapids Press
Lots of voice, humor, and pre-teen attitude shine through the pages in Ellie's journal, not just through words and story, but through her art. The simple line drawings on every page add personality, and the hand-drawn text makes it feel authentic.  After experiencing Ellie's way of expressing herself, kids may be inclined to create there own illustrated journals. —Grand Rapids Press
From KidsRead.com 
There is nothing to dislike in this charming tale, which is heavily illustrated with whimsical cartoonish drawings. It realistically portrays the characters (even the adults!), giving readers much to consider about the pros and cons of relationships, along with hilarious situations and witty asides —KidsRead.com
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More About the Author

Ruth McNally Barshaw grew up sketching and journaling life around her in little sketchbooks. Little did she realize she would do the same for her career. Today she has more than 300 little sketchjournals chronicling various events, trips, quirky discoveries, and times with beloved friends and family.
Her Ellie McDoodle books borrow the same format, with writing and cartoony art on every page. If you hang out with Ruth, you might get added into one of her sketchjournals. If you read her books, you might be inspired to put your own life on paper. Share your beliefs, memories, dreams ... keep a sketchjournal.
Author website: http://ruthexpress.com

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The text alone would make a wonderful kid-friendly story, but the cartoon illustrations make it.
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It's amazing, she documents everything that happened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rogers on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am 9 years old and this book was awesome it's all about Ellie going to camp thinking it's going to be a nightmare and she's going to hate it but in the end it was not so bad I think from ages 2-18 for kids it would be fun for them P.S IF you think this was helpful please say it was at the bottom
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As far as I can tell, there's no known solution to the problem of being an adult reviewer who reviews children's books from an adult perspective. I don't care how immature you are or how stuck you might be in your second childhood, since you will never be able to replicate the feeling of being a kid picking up a book and reading it for the very first time. It just ain't gonna happen. No, see, when YOU pick up a book you're carrying years worth of baggage on your shoulders. You're viewing the story through the filter of your own perspective and what you see will inevitably be tainted by your past. I'm telling you all of this up front because in order to convey just how much I adored "Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel," I need to make it clear that a significant percentage of that love is rooted in my own experiences as a kid. Author Ruth McNally Barshaw has successfully nailed what it feels like to be a child going on a summer vacation in Michigan. I was a Michigan child. I "camped" in cabins and experienced many of the same things as the heroine of this book. But even if I'd grown up in Bemidji, Minnesota or Walla Walla, Washington, I'm almost certain that I would still have adored this book as a kid. It's another example of the "illustrated novel" brought to brilliant, vibrant life.

How would you go about defining the word "torture"? If you were Ellie McDougal (McDoodle, to those in the know) you might define it as, "a family vacation with your monkey-boy little brother, annoying cousins, and boring aunt and uncle in the woods of Higgins Lake." Which, of course, is exactly what Ellie has been subjected to.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Joan on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ellie McDoodle takes place at a campground in Michigan...Higgins Lake. I have been there many times with my own family. I really enjoyed the book and its pen and ink sketches. I am a substitute teacher in Michigan and I share parts of the book with the children. You do not have to live in Michigan to enjoy this book, but if you are a camper anywhere you will be able to find your own experiences at the frog pond, games of spoon, wandering in the woods, differences with family members and great science tips. Looking forward to more Ellie books. I travelled to a book signing in Rochester and was delighted to hear the comments from the author as she conducted a cartoon workshop for the children and adults present.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Codd on May 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ellie McDoodle captures the spirit, triumph and frustration of every child in Ruth Barshaw's debut success! While the book is geared for 8-12 year olds, children of all ages(and even adults) can find comfort and enjoyment as they follow Ellie on her family camping experience. The illustrations are wonderful and the story line is one children will not want to put down. The book leaves only one thing missing...What will Ellie's next adventure be?

Truely Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jujubee on March 25, 2012
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For my 7yo niece who loves these books. A grown up might see these stories as very simplistic and too short, but they do keep my niece amused for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Jonker on April 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An Important Business Man runs into another Important Business Man on Wall Street:

I.B.M. 1: So, have you heard about the story/illustration merger?

I.B.M. 2: Yes, yes, but that's only affecting teens.

IBM 1: Well that's true, male teenagers have been reaping big rewards. But it's having trickle-down effects to younger children as well.

IBM 2: Ha! Look, the next thing you're going to be telling me is that girls will be seeing some benefits. Man, are you out of touch or what?

IBM 1: Well then let me show you (hands over a copy of "Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel"). The evidence is right here. The merger has been very successful. It's about a girl who is forced to go camping with relatives she doesn't like. The book itself is the sketchbook that she brought on her trip. It's amazing, she documents everything that happened.

IBM 2: Alright, some kid's drawings. How is this a book?

IBM 1: The story is in there too. It's sort of like a cross between a sketchbook and a diary. Over the course of seven days, Ellie gets to know these people that she had judged as being weird. You ever meet someone you didn't think you'd get along with and end up becoming friends? Ellie goes through that in this book.

IBM 2: So there's some stuff in there about being open-minded and giving people a chance?

IBM 1: Yep. There's a lot of humor too. If you've even been camping you know there's a lot of situations to draw from.

IBM 2: What's camping? It that like when you have to go to your second choice restaurant?

IBM 1: Uh, no. I'm sure you've seen it: tents, forests, campfires. Although in "Have Pen, Will Travel" Ellie and her relatives do "fake camping", as she calls it - they stay in a cabin.
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