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Crankee Doodle

by Tom Angleberger

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Clarion Books (2013-06-04)

List Price: $16.99

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Amazon Description

“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.

One Potato Review

Colonial ennui: “I hate 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. There is nothing good to do in town. Why would I go to town?” The rants grow steadily more baroque until we are considering macaroni, of all things, and its questionable fanciness, still it’s the wincing, halting moment when this Yankee’s crankiness crosses the line into cruelty (he calls his pony smelly) that makes this book worth regularly referring back to. 

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