Chad Sell: Doodleville

We are so pleased to partner with Skokie Public Library to host graphic novelist Chad Sell for an interactive drawing workshop based on his new book, Doodleville. This event is recommended for kids ages 8 and up, and is open to the public. Register here to reserve your place!

Chad describes Doodleville this way:  It’s a magical exploration of creativity and collaboration set in my neighborhood of Chicago — with field trips to the Art Institute! Doodleville is about kids coming together to solve a monstrous problem of their own making—there’s drawing, an emotional adventure, and an epic battle of good and evil."

More about the Book: For fans of Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward and Raina Telgemeier’s Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster.

Drew is just a regular artist. But there’s nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous… and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she’s created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew’s doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago—where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble—Drew decides it’s time to take her artistic talents to the next level.

A tender yet action-packed tale of a young girl who uses her creativity as an outlet for her emotions.... Lovers of graphic novels, and anyone struggling with friendship will appreciate Sell's newest tale." - School Library Journal

"[Sell] tells an engaging story that uses a fantastical idea to ponder real-world dilemmas How do you cope when things feel out of control? How do you reduce harm, and how do you make amends for harm that you've caused?" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will definitely respond to the idea of large emotions that are hard to control, as well as the therapeutic joy of art--likewise Sell's use of encroaching darkness and his luminous figures, warmly rounded but imbued with wonderfully emotive features." -- Booklist

About the Author: Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project, and it is set in Chicago, where he lives with his husband and two cats. Much of the story takes place in Chad's neighborhood of Lincoln Square and at one of his favorite places in the world: the Art Institute of Chicago

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
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Doodleville Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster.


The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Awkward, and All's Faire in Middle School, this graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.