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What do doodlebugs do together...

Daddy and his doodlebug doodle the things that doodlebugs like to do. They snack on potoodle chips while walking through the zoo, ride the caboodle car on the train, and padoodle their canoe through the sun and the rain. And at night when it's time to turn out the light, they say, "Don't let the bedboodles bite!" Because that's what doodlebugs do!

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What do doodlebugs do together...

Daddy and his doodlebug doodle the things that doodlebugs like to do. They snack on potoodle chips while walking through the zoo, ride the caboodle car on the train, and padoodle their canoe through the sun and the rain. And at night when it's time to turn out the light, they say, "Don't let the bedboodles bite!" Because that's what doodlebugs do!

A young doodlebug describes how he and his father are alike and the things they enjoy doing together.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul startribune.com
Inventive rhymes keep you snickering.... Much like his words, Degen's art is terrifically bright, clever and filled with zany surprises.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Father and son bugs have a jolly time in this jaunty tale, in which Degen (Jamberry) again reveals his knack for creating and combining words in playful verse. "We doodle things together" explains the young narrator, first seen drawing pictures with his father. The cheerful son repeatedly draws a parallel between himself and his dad as he describes the adventures they share: "We walk our poodlebug down the lane,/ We ride the caboodle car on the train,/ We padoodle the canoe in the sun and rain./ That's what doodlebugs do./ 'Cause Daddy is a canoedlebug, and I'm a canoedlebug too." Degen works in a style reminiscent of vintage animated cartoons, achieved by creating the artwork in two stages: he executes a black pen-and-ink overlay and gouache color artwork on separate sheets. The star characters, as well as the other four-armed, anthropomorphic bug residents of Doodletown, are all the funnier for their useful extra limbs: a waitress in Mayfly's Diner, for instance, balances an entire meal on her quartet of appendages, and a fellow serenades his date on the banjo while holding a parasol for her in a canoe. Degen's noodle has come up with some fittingly quirky visuals for this splendoodle rhymoodle. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
From the first pictures--Dad Doodlebug working on his drawing board while little doodlebug draws on his little table--the reader feels the comfort of the repeated refrain, "Daddy is a doodlebug. /I'm a doodlebug too." Father and son play in the park, eat "soup with noodlebugs," walk their "poodlebug," ride in the "caboodle car on the train," and do many other things together. The reason for all they do, we find on the last page, is that "That's what doodlebugs do." The great fun of the book is in the sly humor of the illustrations as well as the silly wordplay, which kids will love. Children whose families express love for each other with a secret language will feel a smile of recognition. The artwork, a note tells us, came by its crispness and clarity in two stages--pen and ink drawings overlaid by a gouache of color. The tenderness and gusto of the doodlebugs for each other will leave young readers feeling cared for and nourished. 2000, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 6, $15.95. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
Children's Literature
The fun dads have with their kids is matched here by jolly wordplay in this rhyming account, with the repeat refrain that Daddy is a doodlebug, or foodlebug, or canoedlebug: "And I'm a doodlebug..." Eating soupwithnoodle, or apple strudel; riding the train caboodle car or padoodling a canoe; and at the end of the day having a story and kiss goodnight with, "Don't let the bed boodles bite!," father and child have wonderful fun together, because, "That's what doodlebugs do." From the jacket/cover illustrations, depicting the anthropomorphic pair flying ladybug kites and fishing, the jolly times begin before the book is even opened. Brightlypainted, stylized bugs and flowers on the endpapers add to the upbeat tone. The story unfolds in detailed settings with droll insect characters, imaginatively designed plants, and toylike buildings, all a fair match for this linguistically inventive text. 2000, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 6, $15.95 and $15.89. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435789
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Degen

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Sincere Flattery!

    For some fathers, it is easy for forget that young children will model themselves on their parents. One of the best ways to have that reminder be a pleasant spur to being a better role model is to read this book. In this tongue-twisting, extra-arm-and-leg sporting tribute to fathers, you'll get lots of laughter and bonding. I recommend this book as a gift from a child for father's day. Doodlebugs have four arms and hands. As a result, they can do a lot more than you or I can. Here are some examples of the wordplay: You will hear about 'soup-and-noodle bugs' and 'apple strudel bugs.' To do this, you have to go to 'Mayfly's Diner.' At the zoo, they eat 'potoodle chips' because Daddy is a 'foodlebug.' They can walk their 'poodlebug' which has 6 legs and paws. Outdoors, they 'padoodle' their canoe. Also, they go for 'bugoodle rides' in the park. Looking for fireflies after dark, they play 'hoodle and seek bug.' You will also learn about 'tagoodlebug,' 'fairytoodles,' 'Goldiebug,' 'Robin Hoodlebug,' 'storyoodlebug,' and 'bedboodles.' As you can see, the reading here will make Peter Piper picking his peck of pickled peppers seem like a snap. A good way to enjoy this book is to make up your own language and pretend that you and your child are different kinds of creatures that you both find to be fun. You may soon have a fiction author emerging from your word play! Take off from where you are to more humorous and happy realms together with your child! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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