Mom has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday—no drawing allowed! But surely drawing one little fly can’t hurt. Not until Harvey’s fly comes to life and starts to wreck the kitchen, that is! What can Harvey draw that will catch it? A spider! But the spider proves to be even more trouble. Only one thing is capable of stopping Harvey’s rampaging doodles…Mom!

  • 32 Pages
  • 9.70" x 10.80"
  • 9780807516836
  • March 2011

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  • Kids will recognize the imaginative play depicted in the illustrations that show the roughly drawn crayon creatures storming through the meticulously ordered adult world. At the heart of the story is the shivery drama of imaginative play, in which a young child has all the power to create monsters. Even as Harvey wonders “if a drawing could eat you,” he also wonders about having Doodleday every year.

    - Booklist

  • The disparate visual styles look fascinating together…A nifty heir to Harold and the Purple Crayon.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Collins’s illustrative gifts are never in doubt as he romps through the tale of young Harvey…the contrast between Collins’s cheerful cartoon neighborhood and the scribbly crayon animals wreaking havoc is easily the most rewarding part of the book…most readers will be too caught up in all the action and fun.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Spare, exclamatory text keeps the focus squarely on the action…Square, oversized pages offer a generous backdrop for the enjoyable chaos…Creative perspectives, often from overhead, add to the topsy-turvy flavor…any kid who’s put crayon to paper will relish the notion that there’s havoc waiting to be caused thereby.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Awards & Accolades

  • 2013 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominee

Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 2.30