Doodler Doodling

Doodler Doodling

by Rita Golden Gelman, Paul O. Zelinsky, Paul Zelinsky
     
 

Here is a doodler doodling.

And here are her doodles.

Here is a book starring twenty-one words, a blank piece of paper, and a train of thought.

And you will be amazed.

WOW!

Overview

Here is a doodler doodling.

And here are her doodles.

Here is a book starring twenty-one words, a blank piece of paper, and a train of thought.

And you will be amazed.

WOW!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gelman (More Spaghetti, I Say!) and Zelinsky's (Rapunzel) wholly original look at creativity begins with doodles on the endpapers and never stops. On the first page, a girl sits at a desk with a multi-colored pen and lined paper and starts free-associating. "Teachers teaching," she thinks, drawing a trio of instructors. "Fliers flying," she muses on the next spread, sketching fanciful airplanes and pilots-one riding on the back of a bird. Eventually she embarks on even more farfetched ideas. "Teachers teaching flying fliers" segues into "Fliers flying teachers," picturing aces soaring on the backs of airborne bespectacled instructors. "What?" laughs the girl, and allowing her imagination to lead where it may, she begins a new series of doodlings. Nothing in the text suggests that the narrative is all from the viewpoint of one doodler, but the book's genius lies in the combination of the seemingly stream-of-consciousness words and its visual equivalent-doodling. Any child who has ever taken crayon to paper will take heart in the message. As presented here, doodling is not the least bit aimless or absent-minded a task-but rather a means to experience genuine spontaneity, to stretch the boundaries of logic and organization. Sometimes the results can be unsettling (when one train of thought takes the girl through sketches depicting quarterbacks hurling cuddly koala bears, "Throwers throwing huggers," she shouts, "No!"). Mostly, however, the results are zany, intriguing and certainly deserving of the book's final word, "Wow!" Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A young girl sits at her desk, contemplating her "teachers teaching" as she doodles. As her mind wanders, she sketches "Flyers flying." Gradually the doodles begin to get entangled and the fliers are teaching while the teachers are flying. As she doodles on, she is surprised at the strange combinations that can arise from just about twenty words and their intermingling doodles. The interactions soon get out of hand, culminating in a frenetic double-page fold-out that makes her shout "Stop!" But then, with a smile, "Wow!" Zelinsky combines small line drawings using watercolors, pen, and computer with large watercolors of our busy, appealing heroine. The drawings illustrate the few words of text, at first rather literally. But soon a zany quality takes over as imagination runs rampant: mountain goats ("climbers") paint at easels; painters smear paint on mountain climbers; huggers hug throwing throwers while throwers throw huggers; grass mowers cut a baker's hair, etc. Zelinsky's quirky illustrations challenge us to see fresh relationships among words and between words and pictures. As her visual world goes wild, our heroine gives us a broad, self-satisfied smile. The lively jacket barely hints at the delicious mayhem inside. 2004, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-There's lots to look at and lots to ponder in this playful and powerful paean to the creative process, to the astonishing malleability of visual and verbal imagery, and to the evolution of ideas. Picture this: "Painters painting./Climbers climbing./Climbers painting./Painters climbing./Painters painting climbing climbers." Gelman's 21 words and Zelinsky's computer-manipulated art morph merrily here, demonstrating the power of perspective and the truth that even a tiny twist on the expected can effect a transmogrification (after all, people climb, but so do animals and kites and roses). Zelinsky uses bright, loose watercolor to paint the earnest girl whose doodles are not confined by letters or lines or the bounds of the notebook paper on which she draws with her nifty, fat-barreled, multicolor-cartridge ballpoint pen. As her innovatively visual definitions of deceptively simple sentences expand and gather momentum, viewers are treated to an ever-wider view of her work, until only a gatefold can accommodate the product of her invention run amok. ("Painters hugging bakers climbing throwers painting huggers mowing fliers throwing climbers flying mowers baking teachers teaching.") While her sophisticated and comic cartoon art is assuredly not "Doodling 101," children and adults alike will be inspired to allow their own scribblings to soar off the page as hers do, the better to reflect the variety and exponentially amazing possibilities of interpreting the written word. Challenge the limitations of the literal (whatever that may be). Challenge the limitations of the figurative. Play with possibilities. Just doodle it!-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688166458
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Pages:
24
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than forty books for children and co-author of the "Which Way" series with Nancy Austin, under the joint pseudonym of R. G. Austin. In 1985, she decided to sell or give away all of the possessions that didn't fit in her suitcases and focus on her love of travel and interest in other cultures. Since then, she has rarely stayed in one place for more than six months, visiting Bali, the Galapagos Islands, Israel, and Borneo, among other places. Her recent book, Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World, is a facinating account of her nomadic and adventurous life.

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