Raise your paw if you think words are the most important part of a book. If you have your paw in the air you might change your mind when you read this week’s Operation Story Share, Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel, written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw.
According to the back of the book, this story is part graphic novel, part confessional journal, and part wilderness (and family) survival guide. All I know is Ellie’s story is a great read for the younger side of middle grade.
Here are the juicy details:
When Ellie McDougal’s parents go out of town, she’s forced to go on a camping trip with her aunt, uncle, cousins, and baby brother, Ben-Ben. Mosquitoes and poison ivy she can handle, but a week with crazy relatives? No way! Thank goodness she at least has her sketchbook for recording all the excruciating details.
Let’s just say poor Ellie has an interesting week! And if you love Ellie as much as I think you will, you’ll be happy to know there are three OTHER Ellie books out, with more on the way!
I happen to know that like Ellie, Ruth McNally Barshaw doesn’t go anywhere without her sketchbook. If you would like to read more about her or see some of her art, please click here.
The Ellie McDoodle series proves that sometimes books need pictures just as much as words. Go ahead, see for yourself!