Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary: Drew has always loved to draw and is excited to become part of a kids’ art club. Her doodles come to life, and she considers the characters she’s created to be some of her closest friends. As she becomes friends with the kids in the club, her doodles also get to interact with their creations. One night, Drew creates a new doodle called Leviathan, or Levi for short. Before long, Levi has turned into a monster and become a threat to the other doodles. Drew’s new friends try to help defeat Levi with their own creations, but it soon becomes clear that only Drew has the power to destroy Levi…or maybe to transform him. She discovers a unique solution, and there’s a promise of more adventures ahead for the entire art club. Includes an author’s note; an annotated history of the doodles that tells how the author created the doodles that appear in Drew’s drawings; and instructions on how to draw a doodle. 288 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: Aspiring artists will be inspired by all the kids’ artwork and will also enjoy the magical world in which their drawings come to life. Looks as though there will definitely be a sequel to look forward to.
Cons: The story bogged down somewhat when Levi came on the scene, and I had trouble distinguishing the different kids’ personalities and drawings as they each tried to help Drew.