I found this book to be delightful tribute to the world of imagining. Harvey's mother warns him before she leaves for the store that he mustn't do any doodling while she is gone, because it is Doodleday. Harvey does not understand why this is the case so he picks up his colored pencils and starts doodling, first a fly that to his shock raids the refrigerator. Harvey quickly draws a spider to get rid of the fly, unfortunately the spider is more interested in his father. To get rid of the spider, he draws a bird, which proceeds to rip out their fence. I'll let you discover the last creature he draws in his desperate bid to fix the devastation being wrought. Hint: look closer at the cover. Finally, he gets help from the only creature tougher than any drawing: MOTHER.
I love the humor of this book, any child can relate to getting themselves into situations that require help to get out of. The book is a fun reminder that while visiting other places is great and fun and intriguing, sometimes there is not better place to be than home. The use of what I assume is crayon to contrast the drawings with the rest of the illustration is inspired fun, perfect for reading curled up in bed or as a read aloud with a class full of children. Sure to be a hit.