Books by Todd H. Doodler

HOT ROD HOT DOG by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Young audiences will join in the general applause, and they may come away with a broadened notion of what a 'win' looks like too. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Doodler concocts an updated—and considerably tweaked—version of "The Tortoise and the Hare." Read full book review >
SUPER RAWR! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"This book's squishy cover is not the only padded thing here. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Superheroes + dinosaurs = two great tastes that don't necessarily go together. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE ROACH! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Another 'High flyve!' for the dump's doughty defenders. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
The mighty muscid gets some unexpected help in this rematch with his greatest foe (Super Fly, 2015). Read full book review >
SUPER FLY by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"As Fred would (does, actually) exclaim: 'Ding-dong donkey donuts, Super Fly!' Fans of Super Diaper Baby will agree. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
From the "bug-centric" burg of Stinkopolis rises Super Fly, diminutive defender of the city dump—not to mention the planet beyond. Read full book review >
VEGGIES WITH WEDGIES by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Beware, though, kids may want to wear their underwear like the veggies—without any clothes on top. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The vegetables in Farmer John's garden learn all about underwear in Doodler's latest. Read full book review >
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Skip. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mr. Potato's birthday party is an opportunity for games, counting and Doodler's execrable verse. Read full book review >
RAWR! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Heavily earnest and as mushy of approach as it is of cover. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fronted by a padded cloth dinosaur, a whiny monologue on being big that will likely go begging for an audience. Read full book review >
THE BUS DRIVER by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"While an imperfect ride, it may still entice toddlers to take a round trip. (Board book. 2-4)"
This bus-shaped board book lets little ones count up to 10 and count down again as various passengers get on and off. Read full book review >
BEAR'S UNDERWEAR MYSTERY by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2012

"This awkward attempt to force underwear out into the open will likely please many toddlers but few of their grown-ups. (Board book. 2-3)"
This celebration of briefs (not boxers) leaves little to the imagination. Read full book review >
BEAR IN PINK UNDERWEAR by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

Unrealistic in several ways but good at least for sniggers, this follow-up to Bear in Underwear (2010) features plenty of views of Bear on the soccer pitch clad in nothing below the waist but undies. The tighty whities of the previous episode give way to dinky pinkies after Bear washes them with his red jersey, but since they're his lucky underwear he bears the continuing mockery of the opposing squad—"You look like a girl!" "You stink and your shorts are pink!" etc.—to score the winning goal. Not only do the losers change their opinion ("Wow, pink's alright!"), but Bear's own team members all don pink BVDs in solidarity: "Pink isn't yucky! It's super cool and super lucky!" While there is some charm to the notion of a soccer team that includes a beaver, a hedgehog and Big Foot, it isn't enough to sustain a whole lot of investment on the part of young readers. Logically minded children will wonder why Bear's lucky (and still-white—this is before the laundry tragedy) undies are the only things gleaming white as Bear and his teammates stand, "covered in mud, including Bear and his lucky underwear." A sliding panel on the front cover that drops Bear's shorts with the pull of a tab is the high (low) point of this dismal one-joker. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
THE ZOO I DREW by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2009

Between heavily corrugated covers, "Doodler" (aka Todd Harris Goldman) offers a gallery of common zoo animals, Alligator to Zebra, depicted full-spread-size in a bright, simple graphic style. This is all very well and helps to demonstrate how it is that he has (according to the jacket blurb) "a successful clothing line" among his assets. Unfortunately he doesn't stop with the art but adds uncommonly inept verses for each creature: B is for Beaver "…living in rivers and streams. / It knocks down trees / And, of course, builds dams / Because that's its expertise!" He also slips in a unicorn for "U" and skips "X" entirely because "I couldn't find an animal for X." Direct budding zoophiles instead to such more thoughtfully conceived alphabetical menageries as David Frampton's My Beastie Book of ABC (2002), Pat Mora's Marimba! Animales from A to Z, illustrated by Doug Cushman (2006) or David McLiman's Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2006). (Picture book. 3-5) Read full book review >