Doodler Doodling

by Rita Golden Gelman and Paul O. Zelinsky

When a girl begins doodling in school, the drawings lead her on a flight of fancy... read more

When a girl begins doodling in school, the drawings lead her on a flight of fancy that careens almost out of control. Pictures and language both are essential in this book that relishes wordplay as well as visual humor and is ultimately about creativity and imagination. The girl’s first drawing is of “Teachers teaching.” Her mind then leaps to “Fliers flying.” Things quickly escalate on the ladder of absurdity: “Fliers teacher. Teachers flying. Teachers teaching flying fliers. Fliers flying teachers....What?” Head in hands, the girl begins again, and an ever crazier, more complex, and more hilarious series of rearranged words and pen-and-ink doodles cascade across the pages. Paul O. Zelinsky and Rita Golden Gelman’s boisterous collaboration is a breathless delight. (Ages 5–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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