Doodleville: Art Attacks!

Knopf. (Doodleville: Bk. 2). Nov. 2022. 256p. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9781984894731. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781984894748.
Gr 3-6–Turns out the crisis from Art Club’s last visit to the Institute (Doodleville) wasn’t totally averted: a baby from a painting was accidentally kidnapped! Now, Drew and friends have to find a way to sneak the baby back into his painting without Mrs. Krong noticing. Their top secret “reverse heist” doesn’t exactly go as planned, however, and inadvertently triggers a schism between various masterpieces whose subjects come to life. Can they save the Institute before the art—and their club—is torn apart? Sell’s whimsical, off-the-wall tone makes the art gallery both accessible and interactive, providing possible opportunities for real-life interactions. Dynamic paneling keeps the pace quick and draws attention. The mix of personal styles and ensemble focus adds a strong sense of individuality for each of the diverse Art Club members.
VERDICT A creative sequel with wide appeal to artists and art appreciators alike.

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