Bruce Degen Daddy Is a Doodlebug

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Daddy Is a Doodlebug

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As Daddy and his doodlebug snack on potoodle chips, padoodle their canoe, and count firefloodles, they savor the special joys of companionship by spending time doing the things they love, together.

Bruce Degen's inventive rhyme and lush paintings animate a miniature world full of bugs galore, in which buttons serve as the wheels of a teacup buggy and pencils hold up the swing set! This fanciful storyoodle begs to be read aloud over and over again.

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About the Author:

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artist's lithography studio in Israel. The humor, warmth and fantasy of children's books attracted him to illustrating, and he now has over two dozen books to his credit, including the pictures for Mary DeBall Kwitz's Early I Can Read Book Little Chick's Big Day(an Intrnational Reading Association/Children's Book Council Joint Committee Children's Choice for 1982). He is also the author/illustrator of Aunt Possum and The Pumpkin Manand the I Can read Book, The Little Witch and The Riddle.

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PreSchool-K-A charming picture book full of clever wordplay and distinctive illustrations. Written as if a young boy-er, bug-were describing favorite activities shared with his dad, Degen's rhyming text incorporates freshly coined words such as "potoodle chips," "firefloodles" and "fairytoodles." Like kids everywhere, the narrator enjoys visiting the zoo, sharing a meal, playing in the park, and listening to bedtime stories. The language is occasionally visually challenging ("canoedlebug," for example) but flows well with a little bit of practice. The attractive typeface, crisp and dark, complements the brightly colored gouache illustrations outlined in black ink. Visual humor abounds, often linked to verbal puns. The zoo, for example, features a caged dog tick, an ant lion, and a rhinoceros beetle. Various bugs perch on toadstools at the counter of "Mayfly's Diner" where a friendly looking green bug serves the narrator and his dad (noodle soup and apple strudel, of course). The layout features mostly double-page spreads depicting father-son outings. They contrast nicely with the cozy interiors and the little bug's imagined versions of storytime scenes, both shown in smaller single-page pictures. From the stylized buggy endpapers to the bouncy rhythm and delightful details, this is a carefully created ode to the loving connection between parent and child.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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