Doodle Lit Review (Drawing Your Way Through Literature)


Doodle Lit Review - Doodle your way through literature!

 

Busy hands equal growing brains, and that is why I am so excited to share Doodle Lit with you! Doodle Lit introduces kids to classic literature in a fun, hands-on way! Doodle Lit is the coolest book, I am so excited about it! Doodle Lit is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I think you’re going to love it as much as I do.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Doodle Lit at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not guaranteed.

 

A long time ago, I believe I was in 9th grade, I was forced to take a home economics class at school. Half of the semester was spent sewing a drawstring bag and half was learning how to make boxed macaroni and cheese.

 

I was sooooo bored. My mom had taught me to sew years earlier and my macaroni game was on point. Yes, I’m sure I was somewhat disruptive in class but I knew where the line was and how to push to but not over it.

 

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And then came the day when I walked into class and was told to report immediately to the principal’s office. When I got there imagine how upset I was to learn why I was to be punished with after-school detention…I DOODLED ON A QUIZ. How dare I doodle a tree and a batman symbol on the back of a quiz about how macaroni and cheese is cooked. I mean come on, it was a boxed mix, how hard is that? I was bored and being forced to learn something I already knew, and now I was being punished for it.

 

That experience is one of the ones that led me to consider homeschooling when my husband suggested it just over twenty years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and we were talking about school options and while I wasn’t yet convinced, I knew I didn’t want our kids to be punished for already knowing the material they were being presented. Oh, and I didn’t want them to be punished for the way their brain works either.

 

See, I’m still a doodler. I doodle when I’m bored, when I’m thinking, when I’m taking notes, when I’m having a phone conversation…doodling helps me stay connected with what I’m doing. I’ve long known that busy hands equal growing brains, even if the schools don’t appreciate it!

Review of Doodle Lit

Doodle Lit is half-writing prompt, half intro to classic literature, and all fun. The idea behind the book is to introduce your child to pieces of classic literature and their authors by encouraging your child to doodle creatively.

Here are the authors and books covered:

Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice

William Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Bram Stoker – Dracula

Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Herman Melville – Moby-Dick

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Homles

Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

Mark Twain – Huckleberry Finn

Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book

Lewis Carroll – Through the Looking Glass

Leo Tolstoy – War & Peace

Each section contains a short introduction of the author, their signature, copies of doodles done by the author (how cool, right?!?!), and pages of guided writing and doodling. The guided pages are really great; Doodle Lit gives just enough guidance to really get your child thinking about what they’re reading, but not so much that your child’s creativity is stifled.

 

Take a look at these photos and then watch as I walk you through the book:

 

 

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The Mark Twain section contains a sketch of a maybe, sorta kinda naked woman, which some people may find offensive but we didn’t see a problem with it. I especially like the quote they picked (the original quote is “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book provided the inspiration for this doodle that my daughter especially liked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Word searches aren’t exactly doodles, but they are fun and help kids with reading comprehension!

 

 

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The rats featured in Stoker’s Dracula will guide your child through one of the many guided writing activities in Doodle Lit!

 

QUICK FACTS:
Worldview: Secular (no religious bias)
Ages: 8+ (I think it’s best for middle & high school)
Get it: Timberdoodle

Doodle Lit Review - Draw your way through literature

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