by Ross Collins

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Mom has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday—no drawing allowed! But surely drawing one little fly can’t hurt. Not until Harvey’s fly comes to life and starts to wreck the kitchen, that is! What can Harvey draw that will catch it? A spider! But the spider proves to be even more trouble. Only one thing is capable of stopping Harvey’s…  See more details below


Mom has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday—no drawing allowed! But surely drawing one little fly can’t hurt. Not until Harvey’s fly comes to life and starts to wreck the kitchen, that is! What can Harvey draw that will catch it? A spider! But the spider proves to be even more trouble. Only one thing is capable of stopping Harvey’s rampaging doodles . . . Mom!

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Publishers Weekly
Collins's (Dear Vampa) illustrative gifts are never in doubt as he romps through the tale of young Harvey, who discovers that on Doodleday, every creature he draws with his crayons comes to life. Collins's narration is stylish (" 'That's it,' thought Harvey. 'I'll draw a fly.' It was an excellent fly. Fat... and hairy and... What was that noise in the kitchen?"), and the Sorcerer's Apprentice–like mayhem that erupts as Harvey tries to clean up his mess supplies plenty of mock horror; the contrast between Collins's cheerful cartoon neighborhood and the scribbly crayon animals wreaking havoc is easily the most rewarding part of the book. A spider that is supposed to eat the fly ties up his father; a huge bird and giant squid pull the gutters off houses and uproot lampposts. The solution—a kind of Mom-ex-machina who steps off the page and tames the crayoned villains—will draw laughs. Loose ends may plague sticklers (how is it that Harvey has never been warned about Doodleday before?), but most readers will be too caught up in all the action and fun to care. Ages 3–8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Little Henry loves to draw, so when his dad is working in the home office and Mom has to go to the store, he suggests that he should spend his alone time drawing. Mom shrieks, "Drawing on Doodleday? Are you crazy? Nobody draws on Doodleday and that's that!" She grabs the pencil from his hand and takes off to do her errands. Henry can't resist, so he reaches into his secret stash of colored pencils and commences to draw a fat, hairy fly, which immediately flies off the page and into the kitchen to ransack it for all the tasty treats it has to offer. Henry is appalled by the mess the fly is making and immediately draws a spider, since he knows that spiders eat flies. This spider has other ideas; it would prefer to capture Dad in its web, so Henry draws a bird to eat the spider. And so it goes until the neighborhood is in total shambles and Henry cries out for his mother. She rushes home, grabs the sketch pad, and draws something that will take care of everything. While the book is fabulously illustrated and the action quite engaging, the story seems to have a few lapses in logic. Is there supposed to be a difference between drawing and doodling? Why does Mom's handiwork succeed, but Henry's get out of hand? If Henry "drew" instead of doodled, then why do his drawings and Mom's "doodle" look similar? These are just a few questions that no amount of doodling or drawing could resolve.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
Kirkus Reviews

Mom departs for the store with emphatic instructions that Harvey mustn't draw because today is "Doodleday," but Harvey doesn't obey this baffling edict. He has no idea what Doodleday is, but surely a sketch of a fly "couldn't hurt a fly," right? He frowns in concentration and, using blue pencil on white paper, produces a nice, fat, hairy fly—which immediately appears, alive and exponentially larger, "destroying the kitchen." Worried, Harvey renders a spider in purple, which also bursts into life—and snares Harvey's dad in its web. Harvey draws a bird next, then a giant squid, hoping each time that the new creature will devour the next-smallest and stop the chaos. His massive, animated artwork wreaks havoc on the neighborhood until Mom returns and draws the only thing that can contain them: Mom herself. Sketched-Mom forces the creatures back into the pad of paper, and peace is restored. Collins uses fine lines, perspective and plenty of color in portraying Harvey and the backgrounds, but the drawings-come-alive grow only in size, not detail: Each resembles a child's artwork, with grainy, crayon-textured outlines on white paper that stays flat and non-transparent. The disparate visual styles look fascinating together and distract from the niggling misnomer of a title; Harvey's work is too deliberate to be called doodling. A nifty heir to Harold and the Purple Crayon. (Picture book. 4-6)

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By Ross Collins


Copyright © 2011 Ross Collins
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ISBN: 978-0-8075-1683-6


"I'm going to the store now," said Harvey's mom. "Don't bother your dad—he's tied up with work." "Fine," said Harvey. "I'll just do some drawing."

shrieked Mom, snatching the pencil from Harvey's hand.

"DRAWING ... on Doodleday? Are you crazy?"

"What's Doodleday?" asked Harvey.

"NOBODY draws on Doodleday and that's that!"

"Why does ..." Harvey began, but Mom was already gone.

As soon as Mom was out of sight, Harvey took out the pencils he kept in his secret shoebox. "Doodleday indeed," thought Harvey. He'd never heard of such nonsense. One small drawing couldn't hurt a fly.

"That's it," thought Harvey. "I'll draw a fly."

It was an excellent fly.

What was that noise in the kitchen?

My fly!" gasped Harvey.

Harvey's fly was fat, hairy, and ENORMOUS, and it was destroying the kitchen.

Harvey was worried— no fly swatter would work on this monster. "What gets rid of flies?" he thought. "Spiders! That's it! Spiders eat flies for breakfast!"

Harvey ran back to the living room and quickly drew a big, hairy spider.

But Harvey's spider didn't care for flies.

It was far more interested in his dad.

Harvey wondered if a drawing could eat you. He wasn't going to wait to find out ...

"What eats spiders? Birds! That's it! Birds love eating spiders!" Harvey drew a great big bird, with talons and a big, bug-munching beak.

As soon as Harvey finished drawing, he heard a terrifying from outside.

There above the house was Harvey's bird. And there was Mr. Bagshaw's fence, being turned into a nest. Mr. Bagshaw wasn't happy at all ...

... and neither were the other neighbors. "Are these your drawings, Harvey?"

"Don't you know it's Doodleday?" "You fix this RIGHT NOW, young man!"

"Huge," thought Harvey. "Only something huge could reach up there."

Harvey grabbed his pad and drew the biggest creature in the world ...


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Meet the Author

Ross Collins has over seventy children’s books to his name and has won numerous awards in the UK. He lives in Scotland, where he spends his time walking the dog by the banks of Loch Lomond.

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