I’ve been drawing since I was a kid and I wanted to create a new type of book — a hybrid between doodle books and a graphic novel — that would allow young readers to contribute to the story by adding their own drawings. This was how my new series Doodle Adventures was born. As they read, kids are dubbed honorary agents on a “super top secret” adventure and taken under the wing of a grumpy duck named Carl, who encourages them to write and draw on the pages so that they can solve the mysteries of each new quest.
In The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate, all the pizza in town goes missing and Carl is desperate to retrieve it. Readers will get a secret glimpse into Carl’s study, meet his favorite pizza owner, and THEN find themselves on a ship to confront a pirate named The Dread Pirate Slobberts.
To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) and give the child in your life a little taste of what it’s like to help out Carl the Duck, I created a twisty maze that leads to every adventure’s ultimate treasure: a trove of books. My advice? Beware of sharks and use a pencil.
Happy doodling, mateys!
Books in the Doodle Adventures Series:
Mike Lowery, creator of the Doodle Adventures series, is an illustrator whose work appears in everything from greeting cards to children’s books and the Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and daughter, where he also co-runs Paper Ghost Studio.