Crankee Doodle

Crankee Doodle

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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, anyother 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: New York : Clarion Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780547818542
Branch Call Number: P ANG
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : coll. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Cece - Illustrator


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May 19, 2016

Tom Angleberger is the guy behind the Orgami Yoda series, which took over my house for months with Star Wars Origami. Cece Bell is the cartoonist of El Deafo, her memoir about growing up with a hearing aid that my husband and I fell in love with in 2014. I had no idea they were married and my mind was somewhat blown when I saw this book on the shelf at the library!

It is hilarious. If the kiddo in your life doesn’t know the Yankee Doodle song, you can sing it to them right before you read it, and that will suffice for backstory. You can tell from the front cover that it’s going to be wacky, with the pony making helpful suggestions and the guy reacting with tirades of annoyance. You need decent energy to read this book out loud dramatically, and it’s SO worth it. Now my son can't stop laughing about lasagna.

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