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“Yankee Doodle went to town / a-riding on a pony / stuck a feather in his hat / and called it macaroni.” Many know the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” but few understand it. This unapologetically silly picture book reveals that the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) was all suggested by Mr. Doodle’s overeager pony. This just makes Mr. Doodle cranky: “I do not want macaroni. I do not want a feather. I do not want any other clothing, any other pasta, or any other parts of a bird. I do not want anything that they have in town!” A historical note ends this colorful, comical take on a nonsensical old song.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Lexile:||AD350L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the author of the New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda books, as well as the Quikpick Papers and Inspector Flytrap series. Crankee Doodle is his first picture book. He lives with his wife Cece Bell, and their children in Virginia. Visit him at origamiyoda.com and on Twitter at @OrigamiYoda.
Cece Bell has written and illustrated many books for children, among them the beloved Sock Monkey books, the Geisel Award-winning Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, and the Newbery Honor-winning graphic novel El Deafo. She and her husband, author Tom Angleberger, have also collaborated on the picture book Crankee Doodle and the Inspector Flytrap chapter book series. She lives in Virginia with her family. Visit her at cecebell.com and on Twitter at @CeceBellBooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the humor in the book! I have to admit the Yankee Doodle song never really made sense to me and I love how Mr. Angleberger and Ms. Bell combine forces to poke fun at the silly song. Mr. Angleberger wrote the super popular and very funny Origami Yoda books, and you can see his sense of humor pulling through in this book. Pony is an awesome character, never saying more than a sentence or two (well, except for that one paragraph after Mr. Doodle insults him), while Mr. Doodle mostly speaks in long paragraphs. This is an AWESOME read-aloud! Ms. Bell’s illustrations are funny, and to the awesomeness of the book! *NOTE* I bought my own copy of this book at a reading festival
The title alone, and the expressions on the two main characters' faces should be enough to tell you what kind of a book it is. While reading it, I actually did laugh out loud a few times. I ended up purchasing it because I know it will make me laugh again, and hopefully my future grandchildren too :)