Doodlebug

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Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. She got into trouble at her last school.

On the drive to their new home, her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move, the first days in a new city, and the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends. In the process, she reinvents ...

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Overview

Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. She got into trouble at her last school.

On the drive to their new home, her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move, the first days in a new city, and the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends. In the process, she reinvents herself as the Doodlebug. Her little sister seems to adjust to everything so easily—why is it so hard for Dodo?

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  • Karen Romano Young
    Karen Romano Young  

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“We can only hope that this amusing and touching title will soon have a sequel so that we can once again share in Dodo Doodlebug’s world.” –Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

“Like Melissa Moss’ Amelia books, Young presents the story as if it is Doodlebug’s notebook, incorporating drawings, graphs, and different kinds of lettering that are an integral part of the story and make this insightful look into a middle-grader’s life a pleasure to read.” –Booklist

“This novel's graphic format, showcasing narrator Doreen's clever doodles, will fascinate readers. They also will admire Doreen's spunk, honesty and problem-solving skills.” The Topeka Capital-Journal

“It is sure to inspire creativity in children and teach them they can overcome obstacles that they may encounter.” The Kansas City Star

Young provides an engaging story about how Dodo reinvents herself as the Doodlebug in her new school, tracking her year in an illustration-filled notebook.” –Scripps News

An engaging, original heroine, a satisfying story and lots of great pictures…Charming and thoughtful.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Doreen "Dodo" Bussey and family are moving to San Francisco without her consent or having been asked. The Bussey family includes a younger sister Maureen, "Momo," and her father and mother. Dodo's mother gives her a blank book for games to write in during the trip. But Dodo starts doodling and cannot stop. She fills it with her whole life, resulting in a complete novel written in doodles. At the new school, she tells her classmates her nickname is "doodlebug." Dodo writes in cursive, large and small letters, letters that are decorated, and curious pictures. Everyday happenings including school events fill the pages. Dodo and sister Momo have different personalities and are talented in different ways. They have a hard time with school rules. Dodo was expelled at her last school for sharing her medicine with classmates. At her new school Dodo gets in trouble for doodling in math class. Momo tries out for the choir, and does not make it. She captures the school microphone and sings a patriotic song. She dresses in royal blue, the same color as the choir, and takes a successful bus trip with the choir and is found out at the end of the trip. The Bussey parents are summoned to school to discuss both daughters' behavior. This is one of the most creative books found for children. Young has written over a dozen books for children. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—A novel told in doodles. Twelve-year-old Dodo moves from Southern California to San Francisco with her family, renaming herself "Doodlebug" as she begins her journal on the long drive there. Her parents decided to change locales when she was kicked out of school for an unfortunate incident involving her ADD medication. At her new school, Dodo hopes to use doodling instead of Ritalin to help her "survive." She tells her story using small drawings and words that are sometimes written in cursive, sometimes in capital letters, each page a fresh, creative layout. Reluctant and struggling readers may appreciate the alternative storytelling format. While Young does not quite attain the level of humor of other authors in this genre, Dodo's voice is genuine and will especially resonate with girls who have similar problems.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312561567
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 969,099
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN ROMANO YOUNG (www.karenromanoyoung.com) is the author of over a dozen books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Beetle and Me: A Love Story, which has won several state awards, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, and earned her a “Flying Start” in Publishers Weekly. She lives in Bethel, Connecticut, with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2010

    A Fabulous Book!

    I love Doodlebug the book and Doodlebug the character. I have hardly ever felt this close to a character. I could almost feel how hard she was leaning on her pencil! The story is a delight, and the ending is the whipped cream on top!

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