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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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The concept and art were good but I was thoroughly annoyed by the main character the entire time. So my reading experience was spoiled by how insanely annoying she was. Probably just not good from an adult standpoint reading this because I over analyzed the hell out of it. Chad Sell’s other book Cardboard Kingdom was good, but just wasn’t a fan this time around.

Some good aspects were the diversity and cute concept.
Jill Kenna
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the free review copy!

This was such a cute book! I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. I liked how it dealt with spiraling thoughts and anxiety as well. Overall, I think it's a really great book and would make a good addition to anyone's library!
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, most readers liked this, and I'm glad that they did, but I had a hard time following the story. Because the author never grounded his magical realism plot within a framework of communicated rules for the fantasy world, what happened seemed random and choppy to me. ...more
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 once people start coming back and once we start ordering books again and once this book is actually published! I think kids who like The Cardboard Kingdom will like this too, but stop one is definitely CK.

I struggled with the world-building in this comic. The story focuses on Drew, a tween girl who lov
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, comics, read-2020
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 drawing since he was a kid!) and while it wasn't my favorite graphic novel, I'm not the target audience. But I'd buy it for my kids.

**Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in Drew’s world in Chad Sell’s magical new graphic novel, Doodleville

Drew is a doodler and since she was little she has been doodling funny creatures that come alive. All art in Drew’s world is alive and when her Art Club visits the Art Institute she sees how amazing art can be. She sneaks in her own
Drew has loved doodling ever since a child. But there's something special about her doodles...they come to life! Drew has managed to create a whole village for them, but they do escape from time to time and travel along walls and paper on innocent adventures. When she joins the Art Club at her school, Drew struggles with creating more than just doodles. She decides to create a new doodle...bigger and better than anything else. She names it Levi (short for Leviathan), but he threatened Drew's oth ...more
Mary Lee
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 really deep with this book. Drew's Leviathan reflects her own inner self -- part happy/friendly, and part dark/destructive. The book explores how to own your demons and balance them with your better self.

Love the community of Drew's art club, how each artist's characters reflect them with different s
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 surface to surface. This is one where at times I started thinking too hard about the rules of the magic, silly Katie. Once I stopped thinking so hard I enjoyed the ride greatly. Sell has a great deal of drawing videos on YouTube where you can learn to draw your own Doodles and he encourages young artis ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
This magical middle grade graphic novel is about artwork coming alive! Drew loves to doodle. Her doodles have been coming alive since she was little. She takes her doodles on a field trip to an art museum and one of the doodles steals a hat! When Drew creates a new creature, bad things start happening when the creature turns evil and is threatening her doodles and other art work. Her friends from art club each have their own characters that come alive and help save the doodles.

The story is uniqu
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 package. I loved it. :) ...more
Jenna D.
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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 feel a strong connection with this one. If given the choice, I’d go for Cardboard Kingdom instead.
Maggi Rohde
Whew, that was intense! My 12-yo doodler LOVED this book. My librarian self thinks it’s too long, but so what? The diner, the gender-diverse characters, the detail, the raw emotion, all carried the story. I laughed and cried more than once. Thank you, Chad Sell, above all else, for normalizing queer & trans representation in middle grade graphic novels. My whole family loves you.
Cassie Thomas
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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!
Tommy Bullard
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doodleville was interesting but a little bit embarrassing. The main character's doodles are idiots. The art is good. Cardboard Kingdom was better. ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a creative story, and I LOVE Chad Sell’s artwork.
Brena Green
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such creativity and fun! & amazing character development :) VERY excited for the sequel
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drew loves to draw. She is in an art club with several other kids that have unique talents. However, when one of her drawings starts attacking her art club's work she must team up with them to stop it.

Art: Overall I thought the drawings, especially the doodles, were really cute. I liked the moments when the doodles were playing with the real paintings. However, sometimes the art for the other characters got kind of ugly. I also think the other characters could have had more distinct art styles.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't love this quite as much as I'd loved Cardboard Kingdom, but that's a pretty high bar. I like the concept of a world where art comes to life, but I don't think Sell quite articulated what made Drew's wild, uncontrollable art different from everybody else's well-behaved art. It just is. I did like the way he externalized Drew's anxieties and self-consciousness about her art, though, and I think that part of the story is quite relatable. I liked the art club kids and especially the sponsor ...more
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Doodleville by Chad Sell, 288 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $13.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG



When Drew and her friends in art club go to the Art Institute, they take away inspiration to make something new. But Drew’s project quickly takes on a mind of its own, wreaking havoc on the other creations. With her doodles creating so many problems, can Drew recover from losing both h
Graphic Novel
I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishers through NetGalley.
Sell's main character creates an entire city for her Doodles who come to life and explore. Unfortunately, they often get in trouble when they're out of the sketchbook or city drawing. One of Drew's drawings, the Leviathan, turns angry in response to Drew's emotions. She and her Art Club friends connect their characters and work to destroy the Leviathan. However, Drew realizes a better way to conne
I really wanted to like this one more than I did, and it didn't read great with the kids I gave it to, either. I appreciated the premise of doodles coming to life -- it would pair well with Mayhem at the Museum: A Book in Pictures. Very inclusive of sexual identities.

What threw me off was that the main character hits a heightened and sustained emotional state without a lot of support/context showing younger readers how she ended up there. Also, her facial expressions (in tears most of the book)
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With the diverse cast of characters, everyone will find someone with whom they can identify. The plot is funny and action packed and I love the teamwork angle.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Took me quite a few pages to get into, and I still like Cardboard Kingdom more, but I think kids will love it!
Destiny Henderson
I enjoyed the cute artwork, diversity, and magical realism, but I was wholly irritated by Drew. (view spoiler) ...more
Justine Ridder
This is just how my adult brain works, but WHY was Drew's creations able to come to life? WHY?! I couldn't get passed this. ...more
Kenya Starflight
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom, a story about imagination, identity, and using play to confront one's own personal demons and issues. When I saw that the author/illustrator had come out with another graphic novel, "Doodleville," I knew I had to give it a read. And while I think it's not quite as good as "The Cardboard Kingdom," it's still a charming but emotional story about imagination, self-confidence, and the bonds of friendship.

Drew may not be the best artist, but she has an incre
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
DOODLEVILLE, a children's graphic novel by Chad Sell, caught my attention because the "cute" illustrations of kids holding up their "doodles" art work on the cover brought back memories of how much I loved comic books as a youngster. They were the least expensive reading materials back in the 1950s and '60s. Most books were hardcovers, usually geared toward adults &/or likely far too expensive for lower-middle-class families to purchase anyway. And so, my brother and I each acquired a collection ...more
Ms. Yingling
June 9th 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young ReadersE ARC provided by the publisher

Drew loves to draw, and has a notebook full of doodles with whom she interacts. When she takes her sketch book with her on an art club field trip to the local art museum, some of the doodles escape and cause problems with the art in the museum. Drew feels that her drawings aren't as impressive as those by her fellow students, so when she is assigned a project, she tries something bigger. Her Leviathan drawing
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Go big or go home" is the collective message our heroine gets from her friends and tutors at art club, so she decides to create the largest and most impressive thing she ever has, and knocks out a Leviathan, based on what she saw at the local gallery. The only thing is, everything she draws comes to life – she has a whole village of cutesy doodles called, er, Doodles. However, without intending to, she's let loose a monster – and it's also threatened to destroy all the recurring characters her ...more
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