Crankee Doodle

Crankee Doodle

By Tom Angleberger; Cece Bell (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547818542, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

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.

About the Author
Tom Angleberger ("Rise of the RoboShoes ") began writing his first novel in eighth grade, but never completed it. Since then, he s been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, a weed boy, a lawn-mower-part assembler, and a biology research assistant. This bestselling author insists he s not really all that creative "I m more of a puzzle-putter-together."

Cece Bell has written and illustrated many books for children, among them the beloved Sock Monkey books. She also illustrated "Crankee Doodle, "written by her husband, Tom Angleberger, best-selling author of the Origami Yoda books. She lives in Virginia with her family and can also be found at