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Win! 2 Funny Books for Kids: The Ellie McDoodle Diaries.

WIN!! A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Books book review and competition.  We have 2 sets of The Ellie McDoodle Diaries to give away, each with the first two books in the series. 

Where are the girl heroes that appeal to boys and girls alike?  There are plenty of ‘leading’ boys: Tom Gates, Captain Underpants and Wimpy Kid, but it seems, far fewer, funny, female comic characters.  Ellie McDoodle stands out as a witty girl, taking on the world with her drawings in the ever-popular comic diary format.

Ellie McDoodle is a drawing obsessed 11 year old, using her doodles (and going to the library) to help her cope with life’s trickier moments: Moving house, organizing protests over school lunches,  or camping with her crazy relatives.

And Ellie appealed to my 10 year old boy, who enjoyed her humour, occasional grossness and her drawing.   He is a committed Tom Gates fan, so it was high praise indeed when he gave his rating, putting Ellie McDoodle above Wimpy Kid and Big Nate.  This is his review:

“The Ellie McDoodle Diaries are very good books.  In Have Pen Will Travel, I really like the characters especially Ben Ben the Monkey Boy! My favourite bit is when they have the water fight and Ben Ben squirts everyone.  This is my ranking of Ellie McDoodle:

1. Tom Gates

2 Ellie McDoodle

3 Wimpy Kid

4 Big Nate.”

The Ellie McDoodle Diaries are written in a breezy, easy to read style by Ruth McNally Barshaw , suitable for 8-12 years, and are published in the UK by Bloomsbury who kindly provided the review copies and the prizes.


It’s easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us what you like to draw or doodle by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!

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69 thoughts on “Win! 2 Funny Books for Kids: The Ellie McDoodle Diaries.

  1. Avatar Paul Smith says:

    3 D shapes

  2. Avatar Lin Young says:

    tend to do circles!!

  3. Avatar Ursula Hunt says:

    I tend to always end up doodling flowers or faces

  4. Avatar Joy Bardell says:

    flowers and funny faces

  5. Avatar sharon smith says:

    when iam on the phone i doodle and draw squares and circles

  6. Avatar Denise Taylor-Dennis says:

    I like to doodle flowers and smiley faces.

  7. Avatar Kirsty Fox says:

    Bunny rabbits

  8. Avatar Jane English says:

    I tend to draw circles that interlink. No idea what someone else would make of it.

  9. Avatar Caroline Hannessen says:

    Cats are the only thing I can doodle or draw at all. My pads and pages are full of kitties 😀

  10. Avatar Joanne says:

    I love flowers – I draw them everywhere!

  11. Avatar Heidi Cooper says:

    I like to doodle pictures of tall ships, the ones with the square sails 🙂

  12. I love doodling cartoon characters for my children, they love colouring them in afterwards, we stick them onto their plastic toyboxes 🙂

  13. Avatar Sarah Prightingale says:

    The ninky-nonk for my little boy!

  14. Avatar SARAH CELINO says:

    Tend to doodle unrecognisable pictures

  15. Avatar Lynsey Buchanan says:


  16. Avatar Viv Allman-Neal says:

    i doodle daisies 🙂

  17. Avatar alena svetelska says:

    i love to draw flowers and fruits in bowl

  18. Avatar Christa Lopez says:

    I always enjoy drawing all kinds of animals!

  19. Avatar liz denial says:

    I love to doodle animals

  20. Avatar Ros Irwin says:

    treble clefs and stars

  21. Avatar Leila Benhamida says:


  22. Avatar kira cook says:

    my kids always ask me to draw animals so i have really started to enjoy drawing them

  23. i like to doodle stars and houses

  24. Avatar Sarah Spencer says:


  25. Avatar Patricia Avery says:

    Geometrical shapes usually 🙂

  26. Avatar Janice Taylor says:

    When ever I was on the phone I used to draw graves etc but not sure why. Also draw faces.

  27. Avatar Nikki Hayes says:

    I doodle squiggly blobs, pound signs and geometric shapes – I like doodling 😀

  28. Avatar Kay Panayi says:

    Hearts or stars

  29. Avatar Spencer Broadley says:

    spirally patterns

  30. Avatar Carrie Talbot-Ashby says:

    I always doodle eyes and lips! 🙂 I don’t know why! Or my husbands name, shows that I still have that teenage girly crush on him I guess! 😉 x

  31. Avatar Catherine White says:

    I love doodling bunnys & dogs x

  32. Avatar Tricia Rasberry says:

    I zenDoodle circles and lines, usually around a central random image

  33. Avatar Laura C. Martin says:


  34. Avatar YvonneJ says:

    I doodle arrows and hearts and flowers mostly….I love doodling on a whiteboard with markers.

  35. Avatar Tobys proud mummy says:

    Silly Smurf faces and doodles of animals and cartoon characters my fave at the moment Peppa Pig

  36. Avatar laura jones says:

    house complete with smoking chimneys and pretty flowers in front

  37. Avatar Becca Staples says:

    Usually houses

  38. Avatar Michael Williams says:

    cartoon cats

  39. Avatar Elaine Flockhart says:

    I’m pretty nifty at doodling stick figures!

  40. Avatar Seyma Shabbir says:

    We love to draw or doodle animals!

  41. Avatar Vera Pope says:

    Triangles and faces…

  42. Avatar Wendy Tolhurst says:

    I am always doodling, especially when on the phone. 3D Squares are a favourite, and scribbles made into faces.

  43. Avatar elaine dale says:

    like to doodle fancy letters with hearts for is

  44. Avatar Julie says:

    Random swirls

  45. Avatar karen townsend says:

    all different shapes, flowers and trees

  46. Avatar lisa owen says:

    faces or write mine and kids names in all funny writing

  47. Avatar Nicola Holland says:

    symmetrical patterns of swirls and shapes

  48. Avatar Kristie says:

    When I was younger I liked to doodle horses 🙂

  49. Avatar Keri Jones says:

    I love doodling stars and Wile E Coyote 🙂 x

  50. Avatar Karen R says:

    I tend to doodle daisies 🙂

  51. Avatar Patricia Whittaker says:

    I usually doodle diamonds that carry on interlinking with other diamonds.

  52. Avatar Joanne Kelly says:

    Doodle shapes & squiggles – hopeless at drawing x

  53. Avatar Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs says:

    I start off with a spiral snail and then let my mind and pen wander 🙂

  54. i like to doodle boxes or just funny faces

  55. Avatar Emma Schofield says:

    Its always Trees

  56. Avatar Tiffany Schmidt says:

    Flowers, clouds and snowmen, lol.

  57. Avatar Rachel Gilbey says:

    Random squiggles that I turn into monsters

  58. Avatar Jean Vaughan says:

    My doodles tend to be flowers

  59. Avatar Debbie Burfoot says:

    flowers and trees

  60. Avatar Stephanie Tsang says:

    I like to draw animals.

  61. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    I’m always doodling people and houses,I can’t draw properly though!

  62. Avatar Kirsten Barthy says:


  63. Avatar Diana Cheesman says:

    I tend to draw joined up sqiggly circles when I doodle along with flowers.

  64. Avatar Natalie Crossan says:

    I draw flowers and plants 🙂

  65. Avatar Maria Sullivan says:


  66. Avatar Pia Stephens says:

    Flowers, animals and scenery 🙂

  67. Avatar Kerry Gray says:

    Flowers and trees

  68. Avatar rajini rajendra says:

    Draw footballs, footballers and funny faces

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