Friday, May 4, 2012
Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever
Ruth McNally Barshaw
March 11th, 2012
Genre: Realistic, Humor
Description: Ellie’s teacher assigns a report on animals and Ellie has no idea what to do her paper on. When a neighbor asks her to pet sit her exotic parrot, Alix, Ellie jumps at the chance thinking she’s found an animal. Hating public speaking, Ellie hopes that she can get Alix to say parts of her speech for her and get her an A—too bad Alix seems to hate Ellie, calling her Ellie Crazy Pants, and prefers the company of Ben-Ben the Monkey Boy (aka Ellie’s little brother). When Ben-Ben accidentally lets Alix fly outside, Ellie fears how she’ll get him back—it might take some teamwork to do it if she can fess up to her errors.
Opinion: The Ellie books are hilarious and fun. Written in a fancy typeface for handwriting and crammed with lots of illustrations and doodles by “Ellie” the journal style really helps get you inside of Ellie’ head and makes you really feel for her, including all her frustrations, insecurities, nervousness, and sibling drama.