From School Library Journal
Grade 2–5—Done in a style reminiscent of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(Abrams, 2007), this sequel to Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
(Bloomsbury, 2007) is a humorous and realistic look at moving. At school and in the neighborhood, Ellie faces many experiences typical to relocation. She gets excited about her first invite, only to end up watching her new friend play a handheld game; at school her classmates secretly play "new kid bingo," waiting for her to mess up or cry. Her story is told through a notebook, which is a combination of handwritten text and line drawings. The pictures, comic frames, and dialogue balloons serve to further the story. Reluctant and struggling readers and young fans of graphic novels are sure to find this title appealing. The book also includes an illustrated interview with the author, tips and directions for keeping a "sketch journal," and a teacher's guide to Have Pen, Will Travel
.—Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
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About the Author
Ruth McNally Barshaw is a life-long writer and artist who has worked in the advertising field, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel was her first children's book. She lives in Lansing, MI, with her family. Visit her website: www.ruthexpress.com