Doodleville

Doodleville Review

For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster.

Drew is just a regular artist. But there's nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she's created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew's doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago--where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble--Drew decides it's time to take her artistic talents to the next level.
Enter the Leviathan--Levi, for short. He's bigger and better than anything Drew has ever created before. He's a monster, but a friendly one. That is, until Levi begins to wreak havoc on Drew's other doodles--and on the heroes her classmates have dreamt up.

Levi won't be easily tamed, and it seems there is a link between the monster's bad behavior and Drew's feelings. With the help of her loyal art club friends, will she be able to save Doodleville--and Levi--before it's too late?

Title:Doodleville
Edition Language:English

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    Doodleville Reviews

  • Zac

    Imagine if all art was alive. Superheroes could move through the pages of a comic, a landscape painting could change depending on the time of day and Mona Lisa’s mood could change. This is a reality...

  • Allie

    This rating/review is based on an ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers.First let me say that I will definitely put this in the hands of kids. Well, once libraries reopen and onc...

  • Melanie Dulaney

    The art in Chad Sells new book is wonderful-Drew and her friends are graphic characters, but each unique and realistic-looking, especially as Drew’s “doodles,” simple line drawings, dance all ov...

  • Mary Lee

    So happy for this new series from Chad Sell! Drew (perfect name!) is a doodler. I've had MANY doodlers over the years. Wish I would have had this book last year for the KING of doodlers.You could go r...

  • Katie Lawrence

    This was a really charming book with a great message about handling feelings of inadequacy or feeling out of control. I loved the character designs and the concept of drawings that could jump from sur...

  • Panda Incognito

    This didn't work for me. It has an interesting concept and some good messages about art, self-acceptance, and dealing with emotions, but I wanted more world-building and a lot less metaphor. Clearly, ...

  • Christany

    What a sweet comic! It's simultaneously a book about the joy of making art, a book about mental health, and a book about celebrating differences - all wrapped up in colorful, artsy, kid-friendly packa...

  • Jenna D.

    Doodleville comes close, but doesn’t quite hit the mark, in its depiction of mental issues and insecurity. While I appreciate the diverse cast and will likely want to read more about them, I don’t...

  • Geoff

    Cute kids graphic novel about the importance of art, not suppressing emotions, friendship, teamwork, and creativity. The art style is really engaging (and some of the doodles the author has been drawi...

  • Cassie Thomas

    My students are going to love reading about Drew and her doodles and how they come to life. The whole time I thought about pairing with Inkling! ...