Monday, September 19, 2016

The Doodle Adventure Series by Mike Lowery

Title: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs
Author: Mike Lowery
Series: Doodle Adventures #1
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

The first book in this series is The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs.  In this book we learn a lot about the organization that you "the main character" is newly working for.  You also get introduced to Carl the duck.  Carl is not only your companion and guide through your adventure, but he is also the narrator.

In this adventure you get sent off to space to find the slimy space slugs that stole something important from head quarters.  You, with the help of Carl, have to get it back!

Title: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate
Author: Mike Lowery
Series: Doodle Adventures #2
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

The second book of the series, The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate is just as fun, if not more so, than the first book!

In this one, we are still working with Carl the duck for the organization and end up on our second mission.  Someone has been stealing all the pizza and all of the pizza toppings from around town!  This greatly upsets Carl as he loves pizza!  So you and Carl follow the clues that lead you to discover who has been taking all of the pizza and why.

This one might make you a little hungry, especially if you love pizza.

The Series

Now that I have given you a brief background about both of the books that are released so far in the Doodle Adventures series, I want to take a moment to tell you something about these books.  Something that takes them above and beyond other books meant for elementary grade readers.

While both of these books are still filled with pictures that help keep your, maybe reluctant, reader entertained and into the story they also employ another technique to help them get engaged and use their imagination.  YOU GET TO DRAW PART OF THE STORY YOURSELF!

Carl the duck actually helps you with the drawing part.  He tells you when and where and what.  But he never tells you HOW.  You get to use your imagination for that part. And then you get to draw it, making it a part of the story!

I think that this technique is excellent for a few reasons and here they are:

  1. If you have a reluctant reader, drawing part of the story may actually take their minds off the fact that they are actually reading!
  2. If you have a budding author who loves to tell stories, it is a great way to help them get started.
  3. If you have a little artist they get to read AND draw!  And it is okay!
  4. It really helps get the reader involved in the story.
The one downside to this though is that, once drawn in, they don't get to draw in it again.  They could, however, add to their drawing each and every time they reread the story though!

The stories in the Doodle Adventure series are fun and filled with imagination.  They are sure to pull you and/or your young reader into the story with the added bonus of participating in the creation of the adventure!

All reviews and opinions are based on copies provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  They are mine and mine alone and have not been influenced by the publisher in any way.

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