The Doodles of Sam Dibble (Doodles of Sam Dibble Series #1) (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Sam's birthday is in twenty-four hours, seven minutes, and four seconds. Here's what he wants: a new bike (because he messed up the old one), more pens (so he can draw doodles), and the best birthday party ever. He'll have to wait for the presents, but the only way he can have the best party ever is if Demo Dan, the world's greatest wrestler, shows up. The only problem is, Sam doesn't exactly know Demo Dan (and he promised his friends Dan would be there—he even made a bet on it!). Now time is running out. Will ...
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Overview

Sam's birthday is in twenty-four hours, seven minutes, and four seconds. Here's what he wants: a new bike (because he messed up the old one), more pens (so he can draw doodles), and the best birthday party ever. He'll have to wait for the presents, but the only way he can have the best party ever is if Demo Dan, the world's greatest wrestler, shows up. The only problem is, Sam doesn't exactly know Demo Dan (and he promised his friends Dan would be there—he even made a bet on it!). Now time is running out. Will Demo Dan show up in time for Sam to blow out his candles?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This new chapter book series, aimed at audiences not quite ready for the Wimpy Kid, stars a third grader who’s an indifferent student but a passionate doodler. Sam’s fervent wish is to have Demolition Dan, “the world’s greatest wrestler,” as the main attraction at his birthday party—he’s pretty much promised the kids at school that it’s a done deal. Complicating the picture is a beloved grandfather who likes to stretch the truth (“One time Grandpa told me he baked a cake for a king in Egypt. But then the king died so they had to bury him inside the cake”) and a nemesis, tattletale Max Baxter, whose father is dating Sam’s mother. Kline’s line drawings create a gleefully disorderly atmosphere (at one point, he draws a mustache and beard around Bluebeard the Pirate’s name), but they seldom feel like they’ve sprung from an elementary-schooler’s mind. Press works hard to woo her audience with shout-outs to farts, barf, boogers, and earwax, but the overall vibe is so benevolent that the character and his conflicts never really rev to life. Simultaneously available: Double Trouble. Ages 6–8. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Sam Dribble loves to doodle. He doodles instead of completing his math sheet; he doodles instead of researching George Washington. He even doodles during library class. The other thing that Sam does is make promises that he may-or may not-be able to keep, like insisting to his entire class that pro wrestler Demolition Dan is coming to his birthday party. Tomorrow. Except Sam hasn't exactly invited Demo Dan just yet. And, to make matters worse, his rival Max Baxter will be at his party, because Max's dad is dating Sam's mom. What's a third grader with an overactive imagination and pen to do? This slight story, dominated by wide margins and a plethora of doodles, aims to be a younger version of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series (Abrams). And in some instances-the school setting, the multiple friends, the family drama-it succeeds. The pacing of the story and the character development, however, seem rushed in spots. The chapters are so brief that often the transition from one to the next seems abrupt. Reluctant readers will likely be most attracted to the fast pace and easy-to-breeze-through text. Consider purchasing in libraries that need "what do I read next" titles for children interested in Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (Andrews McMeel), Megan McDonald's "Stink" (Candlewick), and Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic).—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101631973
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Series: Doodles of Sam Dibble Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 836,366
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

J. Press is an art educator who spends her time writing, teaching, and doodling.
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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9 If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid then y

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9
    If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid then you will like this book. Each page is part doodle, part written story about a boy named Sam who likes to doodle and is getting ready for his birthday party in twenty-eight hours, seven minutes, and four seconds. There are thirteen short but very funny chapters. Each chapter is Sam getting closer and closer and to his birthday party and filled with hilarious stories about his friends,  family, and crazy stuff that has happened in the past.
    “Mrs. Booker will make me read all the books in the library. Even the ones with no pictures.”
    I thought this book was super fun to read and both boys and girls would like it even if some of the stuff is gross. Sam seems to live a crazy life full of adventure and tall tales. The doodles really make Sam’s story hilarious. They are simply drawn and doodles that tell a story of their own and make this book look like a journal. The back cover shows more books to come. I can’t wait!
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
     *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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