Best Friends Fur-Ever (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

Best Friends Fur-Ever (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

by Ruth McNally Barshaw
     
 

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When her teacher assigns a report on animals, Ellie is stumped about what kind she wants to research. Then a neighbor goes on vacation and asks Ellie to pet-sit for her parrot, Alix. Perfect--exotic bird it will be! Unfortunately, Alix flies the coop...literally. But when Ellie can't lure him back on her own, it will take clever teamwork from a librarian, a

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When her teacher assigns a report on animals, Ellie is stumped about what kind she wants to research. Then a neighbor goes on vacation and asks Ellie to pet-sit for her parrot, Alix. Perfect--exotic bird it will be! Unfortunately, Alix flies the coop...literally. But when Ellie can't lure him back on her own, it will take clever teamwork from a librarian, a zookeeper, some good friends, and Ellie's own pet-obsessed family to save the day.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619631755
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
744,834
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

RUTH MCNALLY BARSHAW has worked in advertising, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. She lives in Lansing, MI, with her family. www.ruthexpress.com

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