Monday, August 7, 2017

Moodle Stressed Review

Moodles - doodles that change your mood.
What is a Moodle? In a Google search, the word "Moodle" brings up a variety of search results. The Moodle I am reviewing is a book series that was designed by the author to improve mood through doodling. This is a book that I personally would have picked up from the shelf, flipped through, then put back on the shelf and wandered away. But after seeing the Stressed volume put to use, I decided that I needed to help spread the word about the Moodle series.  


What is a Moodle and why is there a series?


The Moodle books were written and illustrated by Emily Portnoi. She describes the books as:


"...a new concept in therapeutic doodling - fun doodle books for adults or children, with the power to change your mood"  -- Emily Portnoi

Ms. Portnoi is a Designer, Art Director, and Illustrator. I think that her enjoyment of aesthetics and fun art is easy to see in the pages of her book.


Why I recommend the Moodle Stressed Volume


Since I admitted that this is a book that I would have leafed through then left behind on the bookstore shelf, why would I now recommend that very same book? I recommend it because one of my "kids" recommended it. And I watched as this young person "Moodled" into calmness.

There is nothing new about coloring, doodling, and fidgeting (keeping the hands busy while focusing on a task) as a means of relieving stress or anxiety. Ms. Portnoi writes that her books are a new concept in therapeutic doodling. I don't fully agree with that statement. Doodling/drawing is something that I've done with the kids I work with for just over two decades now (wow, time flies!). Some of the doodles in the Moodle book were very similar to things I've done with the kids over the years.

Are you still wondering why I recommend these books? I can see why you would be wondering that.  Let me explain a little more.


  • The size of the book is a handy size (approx. 6" x 7.8").   
  • The bold print of the illustrations is eye-catching and Ms. Portnoi's illustrations are fun and engaging.  
  • What is new about her books is the variety of activities. All of the suggested doodles are open-ended and can be as brief or detailed as the user chooses.  
  • The page corners are rounded and smooth
  • The pages are thick and a slightly "slick" paper stock (I am not a publisher, so I am unsure of the correct terminology). Not too slick for pens and pencils, but not regular rough paper stock.
  • The feel/texture of the pages were clearly pleasing to the youngster I was with while we colored in the book.

A few quick photos I took of some of the pages in the Stressed volume to show the variety of activities

The book is suitable for pencils, pens, and colored pencils. I did note that my young friend was using markers and gel pens. Some of the most vibrant and "wet" ink markers/pens did slightly bleed through the pages while some of the gel pens did not.

While this book was not my cup of tea, it was clearly very enjoyable for this young person. The activity did in fact improve mood and release stress in a remarkably short period of time. 

As we sat and colored, I realized that I should stock up on some of the books in this series. I think that the book series will be helpful for folks who need to calm, focus, release stress, and improve mood. In my mind, I created a list of some of the people I will recommend the book to - including folks on the Autism Spectrum and who have difficulties with symptoms of anxiety, impulsivity, and ADHD.


The Moodles series offered on Amazon - including Moodles Happy


Related Link


I enjoy coloring and doodling and was recently reminded of the importance of carrying supplies with me. I prefer mandala style coloring pages and discovered these small on-the-go adult coloring books.


Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

11 comments:

  1. What an interesting series of 'activity' books, Dawn Rae. I am glad you included some pictures of the pages as examples of the type of 'doodles' you can do as I couldn't see what it was all about until I saw those. I can definitely see that 'moodling' to some of the suggested activities would have a calming influence for many. Thanks for this interesting review.

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    1. Thank you for the comment Elf. Yes, I found that it was going to be really hard to explain. So I am glad that I had thought to snap the pictures that day at work.

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  2. I will have to check these out, my granddaughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and gets frustrated quite easily. Maybe some of these would help her along her journey in life. Thanks Dawn Rae!

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    1. I hope you are able to find things for your granddaughter to help keep her hands busy and mind focused - whether it is these books or something different. ADHD can be such a frustrating thing... for everyone involved.

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  3. I definitely understand the value of doodling and I certainly understand how these books would be beneficial. This is not unlike what we all used to do to our high school text books in class. I do think the title of the series is quite clever. You are indeed doodling your way to a better mood. Odd how it can be very mind freeing, therefore stress relieving. I would be drawn to the "Happy" book with the bird.

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    1. Cynthia, I was totally thinking about getting the "happy" or the "joyous" one for myself. I could totally use a dose of attitude adjustment.

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  4. A review is all the more compelling to me when the author recommends something valuable that doesn't necessarily appeal to her. I appreciate this kind of honesty and insight. I'm all for whatever works with those who are experiencing any kind of anxiety or stress. The popularity of doodling over time shows just how much value it offers to a wide spectrum of individuals. Thanks for sharing a calming tool that will help many.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I am very aware that in many ways "my kids" are more expert than I am. So, if they indicate that something is valuable I feel compelled to pass along their vote of confidence.

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  5. Really a wonderful review Dawn. I like your honesty and your recommendation.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mary Beth.

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  6. I've given books in this category as gifts to a few people. They're great to have on hand. I know I wouldn't mind getting one as a gift, I would use it - maybe too much - they're addictive in good way.

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