Picturebook Review: Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell

Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell is a humorous and slightly educational picturebook about the Yankee Doodle Dandy song. While most of us have heard this American folk song, most of us do not know the reasons behind some of the unusual turns of phrase. Here is a look the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) through the eyes of a cranky Mr. Doodle and his overeager pony. A historical note ends this colorful, comical take on a nonsensical old song.

Crankee Doodle is a funny look at a well known song, and offers as much insight to the lyrics as it offers laughs. Mr. Doodle is one cranky man being urged by his pony to go for a ride into town. The conversation leads to the explanation of 'macaroni' and other oddities in the song that already make us laugh. Some of the humor might not interest the youngest readers, but the bright illustrations and wacky commentary will keep many interested.

I would recommend Crankee Doodle for classroom use or for young children interested in history and the changes in the English language. It could be a great conversation starter about how languages change, history, and  how being a crank pot can cause you to miss out on things you might otherwise enjoy.
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