Today I have another submission toward the Title Fight Reading Challenge 2016 in category three: a book with onomatopoeia in the title. We received a copy of Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs from the publisher via Netgalley, and couldn’t wait to get stuck into this interactive children’s offering. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Draw your way through the story!
Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. Set in space, the book invites the reader to join Carl, a duck and member of a super-secret international group of explorers, on a journey in search of a very important grail-like object. The book is sturdy paper over board with beautiful cream paper—perfect for defacing! And by the end, the reader will have co-written a tale to return to again and again, and show off to family and friends.
This book is pure, unadulterated FUN from the first page to the last. If you were a child who was always being roused at for doodling in books, then this tome will be a balm for your very soul. The idea behind this series of books – yes, a whole series! – is for the reader to co-create the story by adding to the illustrations at strategic points. From adding quirky characters to creating strategic escape hatches, the book guides the reader to draw their way out of danger and save the day!
I was itching, just itching, to grab a pencil in my stony claw and start scribbling away to create my own unique narrative, but – alas! – I only received a digital review copy. What a tease! I am definitely planning on purchasing at least one copy of this for my own doodling pleasure and maybe one more for the eldest mini-fleshling in the dwelling. Maybe.
Your guide on this tour of doodle-y duty is a rather bossy duck, whose heart is nevertheless in the right place. Apart from all the fun of a book that requires you to be an integral part of the tale, the book is packed with hilarious, sometimes slapstick, sometimes dry humour (mostly instigated by the duck) just perfect for reluctant readers and subversive adults. Here’s a strip of illustration that had me giggling aloud:
Silly, silly fun!
Simply for the fact that this book launched me back to the fun and cheekiness of childhood, I dub it a Top Book of 2016 pick!
I urge you to check out this series and leave copies of it lying in obvious places around your home or classroom. Then come back later and see if any of the copies are still where you left them!
Until next time,