CRANKEE DOODLE by Tom Angleberger
Kirkus Star

CRANKEE DOODLE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sure he went to town...but did he want to go to town?

Crankee Doodle is bored. His pony suggests going to town, but Crankee says he hates going to town. “There are too many people in town. They all run around in a hurry and ring bells and eat pies, and then they yell at each other to stop running around, ringing bells, and eating pies.” Pony suggests shopping. Crankee hates shopping; he has enough stuff. Pony suggests a feather for Crankee’s hat. That doesn’t go over well either. Pony says Crankee could call it macaroni (that means fancy). Crankee thinks lasagna is much more fancy, but he doesn’t want to call his hat macaroni or lasagna or go to town or shop. Pony offers Crankee a ride, but Crankee thinks Pony smells. Poor Pony! Will Crankee apologize? Will they get to town? Will readers ever view “Yankee Doodle” the same way again? Best-seller Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame takes on picture books, treating a younger audience to his dry and zany wit. Readers and storytime audiences will guffaw at his twist on the traditional song. Bell’s gauche, heavy-outlined illustrations are comic-book panels, some spreading over two pages as Crankee Doodle and Pony converse in speech bubbles (and Crankee’s jeremiads fill the page).

A historical hoot full of goofy, eye-rolling goodness. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: June 4th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-547-81854-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2013




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