My 10 Year Old Reviews Award-Winning Author David Adler’s Danny’s Doodles

Danny's DoodlesEmma is reviewing again today on the site! Today, it’s just her giving her review on this children’s book by award-winning author of the Cam Jansen Series, David A. Adler (but I do add some notes)!  If you have children who like to read, are a teacher or librarian, or need a book to buy for a child, check out her review of his new Danny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment!

Emma used to love the Cam Jansen books, so while she is on to higher level reading now, she does tend to want to get in an entertaining book for an hour and just have fun. She likes books that surround “doodling”  and adventures of her male peers. I suppose that even though she likes her flashy fashion, being a sports buff she and her friends are also tomboys. You know, girls who like to laugh, play sports with the boys, and get dirty in nature.

However, it’s a new type of girl emerging, one that is well-rounded, appearing feminine and liking average female fashion and dolls, yet can run with the boys. I love it! That said, she likes books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the also new The Doodles of Sam Dibble, and other books where humor or mishaps or adventure is involved. She can read them really quick and has a lot of fun looking at the doodles inside of them. So, Danny’s Doodles caught her attention immediately!

My one mom note is that they are usually shorter in nature, so they are a very quick read and not challenging for kids who are reading on an 800 lexile level in 4th grade like Emma. It’s recommended for ages 7-10, so if you’re a parent or teaching purchasing you really need to see if it fits your child’s reading level or will be just a short, fun read and you’ll want to see if your library will be purchasing for their stock.  That said, some kids are on a 3-400 reading level in 2-4th grade so this would be a good read for them.

Danny's DoodlesDanny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment, Review~
by Emma A, Age 10 (yep, she just had a birthday!)

I have just learned in school this week about an author’s purpose. This book isn’t informative or persuasive, so I think it is entertaining. It did entertain me and took me about an hour to read on a Saturday afternoon. I was first attracted by the cover (and the word jelly beans -laughing- I love jelly beans) so I was curious about the book. After reading, I’d say it made me laugh and I enjoy the doodling and drawing in it as I like to doodle. I also really like to play softball, so I was hoping that Danny and his friends would talk Calvin into liking baseball. I liked that it had to do with sports and I am sure some boys I know would like the book too.

Danny’s new friend really cracked me up. The things he wanted to make Danny do were crazy and I couldn’t believe his last name was Waffle!! If I had to put jelly beans in my pocket, I’d have to eat them!

I laughed through the book and still think boys are weird, but it is fun to read about them. He should make a girl version of Danny’s Doodles. I didn’t want to stop turning the pages, even when my little sister was distracting me.

From Sourcebooks~

David A. Adler, the award-winning author of children’s nonfiction and the creator of the Cam Jansen Series , introduces a delightful and funny new chapter book series – his first in nearly a decade. David brings his unerring ability to relate to a kid’s point of view to DANNY’S DOODLES: THE JELLY BEAN EXPERIMENT with its terrific blend of humor, schoolyard drama and memorable characters.

Mom Note~

Here is a link to the Cam Jansen series, if you don’t remember: Also, David has written many other fabulous children’s book, some historical!  There is a wealth of information on his website:

Praise for Danny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment~

“Adler again displays his versatility with this empathic first book in the Danny’s Doodles illustrated chapter book series . . . The novel delivers laughs as well as a clear message about friendship and acceptance, even when one’s friend is ‘100% weird.’” —Publishers Weekly

“Adler starts a new series of gently humorous stories aimed at those just starting chapter books. The first-person narration, realistic characters and occasional line-drawing “doodles” will keep pages turning. Young readers will easily see themselves in Danny and his compatriots.” —Kirkus Reviews

Danny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment

Danny's DoodlesSourcebooks Jabberwocky
September 2013
ISBN: 9-781-4022- 8721-3
Ages 7-10

The Legendary David A. Adler’s Newest Series for Young Readers!

Here’s a statistic: Fourth-grader Danny Cohen’s new friend is 100% weird. Calvin Waffle is curious about everything, he claims his father is a spy, and he likes to conduct experiments. Experiments like asking Danny to fill his pockets with jellybeans, but to not eat any.

Through words and drawings, Danny tells a series of stories about Calvin’s antics as the oddball challenges every rule on their teacher Mrs. Cakel’s notorious “No” list:

No talking in class without Mrs. Cakel’s permission.

No mumbling

No calling out

No walking about. You have a seat. Stay in it.

No slouching. Sit up straight.

No gum chewing.

No eating in class.

No note sending.

Calvin’s strange ways may get him in trouble, but they come in handy for Danny’s baseball team, as his powers of observation let him predict the opposing pitcher’s every throw. The problem is, for all his eccentricities and enthusiasm, Calvin doesn’t particularly like baseball. How can Danny and his friends change Calvin’s mind in time to win the big game?

Author David A. Adler, Biography~


David A. Adler, a former math teacher and editor, is the author of more than two hundred books for young readers including the Cam Jansen Mysteries, the entire Picture Book Biography series and Don’t Talk To Me About the War. He lives in New York. He’s pictured above with his grandson.

Emma A., Age 10, Reviewer~

EmmaEmma is just ten years old and a straight A student with a gift for reading and writing.  She has read at a higher level than her peers ever since the summer between Kindergarten and First Grade when she spent almost the entire summer at the beach. That was also the summer Mom was reading the Twilight series, and took her to see Eclipse at the theater, and Emma found herself loving vampires, werewolfs, and other abnormals when once she was deathly afraid of them.  This newfound knowledge of stories allowed her to overcome her fears and she now sleeps with Monster High dolls by her bed that are the daughters of a Mummy, the Abomindable Snowman, and a Werewolf.

She also likes reading about girls and boys her age, adventure and action thrillers, magic, fantasy, and history.  Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys softball, soccer, fashion, history, art, writing stories, shopping, singing, asking questions, cooking, chocolate, and coffee. She has now added learning the violin to her list. Whew!

Watch for more of Emma, and her siblings, reviews!  And if you have a recommendation for her, send it her way via Mom (Erin Al-Mehairi).

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