I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
I am sorry, but I can't rate this higher than a 1 based on my e-copy.
I am not entirely familiar with the concept doodle journal, so I thought it would just meant doodle stories from Grumpy Cat, with maybe the opportunity to doodle by yourself as well (based on the blurb it did sound like there were a few of those scattered around). However, this whole book is a doodle-yourself-book. And sorry, but what use is it to give an e-copy to someone to review. What do you want me to review? How great it is that I can't doodle anything? How great it is that I am staring at countless mostly empty pages? I think the best would have been to not make this an e-arc. I can't draw on my tablet. I can imagine it, but sorry, 67 pages of just imaginary doodling gets a bit bland/boring/annoying (since it is annoying that you can't do shit).
So yeah, I was looking forward to this book. Doodles/stories with Grumpy Cat in the spotlight, how fun! What a delight. I am always laughing when I see Grumpy Cat being used in photographs with a catchy phrase next to it. How could I not like it. Well, apparently it isn't so hard to not like it when you can't do anything.
If I had a normal copy of this book, and was able to draw in that one, I would have rated it a 4 stars. It is a fun idea, good concept, and I do love the illustrations that are already present. Grumpy Cat looks delightfully grumpy.
I am sorry, and I am sure people will get angry that I dare rate this book a 1 star, but I just can't do anything more than just say that this is a nice idea, but it doesn't work as an e-copy.
Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com