Best Friends Fur-Ever (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

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When her teacher assigns a report about animals and all the popular animals get snatched up, Ellie McDoodle is stumped for a topic. Then a neighbor asks Ellie to pet-sit her African gray parrot and it seems her problem is solved. But when the parrot flies the coop-literally-Ellie has an even bigger problem. With help from a librarian, a zookeeper, and Ellie's own pet-obsessed family, the bird comes home-but will Ellie finish her report on time?

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When her teacher assigns a report about animals and all the popular animals get snatched up, Ellie McDoodle is stumped for a topic. Then a neighbor asks Ellie to pet-sit her African gray parrot and it seems her problem is solved. But when the parrot flies the coop-literally-Ellie has an even bigger problem. With help from a librarian, a zookeeper, and Ellie's own pet-obsessed family, the bird comes home-but will Ellie finish her report on time?

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Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
Ellie McDoodle is a little girl with big responsibilities. Not only must she select the perfect furry or feathered friend to research for a school project, but she must also pet-sit for her neighbor, Mrs. Morrow. After it dawns on Ellie that Alix, Mrs. Morrow's African Grey parrot, will be the perfect topic for her project, the fun begins, or so Ellie thinks initially. As Ellie soon learns though, it is not all fun and games. Alix flies away and it seems that Ellie will never find him. Ben Ben, the Monkey Boy, Ellie's younger brother, is sad because his new friend, Alix, is missing. Ellie's older siblings are in debate over the perfect family pet with no regard to Ellie's dilemma. Then there is Marc, the annoying boy at the pet store, and Glenda, or "Armadillo Girl" as Ellie affectionately refers to her. In the end, all characters and situations come together for the perfect conclusion. This delightful book presents real life challenges, such as dealing with siblings, confronting the fear of public speaking, and being responsible in a humorous and entertaining manner. The illustrations add a different layer of humor and a visual interpretation of the text. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Ellie's family is obsessed with pets; her siblings can't agree on what they want, and their parents aren't sure they support any of their choices. At school, Ellie is assigned a multimedia class presentation on an animal. Using a journal format with her doodles on every page, she writes about bird-sitting her neighbor's African grey parrot and does research on the bird for her report. Ellie at first dislikes but then befriends the son of the pet-store owners, loses the parrot, and keeps up with the menagerie her siblings bring home. Interspersed in this story are instructions for games, yoga breathing, and crafts that add to the fun. The book can be read alone, but readers of the first two books will get some of the jokes that are repeated throughout the series. Exuberant black-and-white sketches and dialogue balloons enliven the pages. Recommend this one to fans of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, Marissa Moss's "Amelia's Notebooks" series (S & S), and Charise Mericle Harper's "Just Grace" series (Houghton).—Debbie Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906577
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 249,645
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

RUTH MCNALLY BARSHAW has worked in advertising, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen,Will Travel was her first children's book.

www.ruthexpress.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great read for youth. I love to hear them giggle as they read M

    Great read for youth. I love to hear them giggle as they read Ms. Barshaws work.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    When Ellie has to give a report on an exotic pet, she has a hard time picking a topic. When the neighbor asks her to watch her parrot, Ellie decides this would make a perfect animal for her project. The bird, however, doesn't want to learn the lines Ellie is trying to make it speak for her report. Instead, it would rather fly around playing with Ellie's little brother and insulting Ellie. To make matters worse, the parrot flies out the window one afternoon. With the help of some unusual people - a zookeeper, a librarian, some good friends, and her pet-obsessed family - Ellie will try everything she can to get the parrot back. Will Ellie succeed before her neighbor comes home? Will she do well on her report? A fun, realistic fiction book for girls who like such books as the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series. The characters are entertaining, the plot is interesting, and the illustrations complement the text well. Readers who like realistic fiction and animal stories will enjoy reading ELLIE MCDOODLE: BEST FRIENDS FUR-EVER.

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