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  • Much Ado About Shakespeare
  • Mozart, the man behind the music
  • Flying Furballs: 6 BOOK SERIES
  • How Maui Fished Up The North Island
  • The Great Kiwi ABC Book
  • The Great Kiwi 123 Book
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Old MacDonald's Farm
  • Old MacDonald's Farm
  • The Looky Book
  • Little Bo Peep and More...
  • Pussycat Pussycat and More...
  • My First Board Book Series (6 books)
  • Fuzzy Doodle
  • Monkey Boy
  • Dinosaur Rescue: 8 BOOK SERIES
  • Dragon Knight: 6 BOOK SERIES
  • Three Bears Sort Of
  • Little Red Riding Hood ... Not Quite
  • We've Got A Boat
  • The Weather Machine
  • Dashing Dog
  • Northwood
  • Maddy West and the Tongue Taker
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  • Phoebe and the Night Creatures
  • The Story of Bo and the Circus that Wasn't
  • A Right Royal Christmas
  • Faithfully Mozart -the fantastic world of Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart
  • The Tuotara and the Skink
  • Wacko Kakapo
  • Mr Tanglewood and the Pungapeople

 

   

FUZZY DOODLE 2016

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley, written by Melinda Szymanik
Softcover and Hardcover
300 x 210mm (landscape), 32 pages 

 

 

 

A gorgeously zen production about the metamorphosis of a little

catterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, which also cleverly doubles

as a metaphor for how art (and in fact books) are created –

all beginning with scribbly doodles.

 

5 STAR RVIEW ON GOODREADS

I was first captivated by the cover of this book—the blending

watercolour, the shiny, tactile branch made from various cursive

words, the sketched fuzzy thing that looks right at you with a smile.

I was curious. What exactly is a Fuzzy Doodle? The kids had a few

guesses… A fuzzy alien? A hairy caterpillar? The Wonderful Fluffy

Squishy Itty Bitty’s best friend?

 

Fuzzy Doodle "started as a scribble, just a scrawly little doodle,

a smudge sort of ‘something’ at the bottom of the page.”

This scribble comes to life. He eats splotches of ink, nibbles

on words, chomps on paragraphs, devours all the colours of

the rainbow. Fuzzy grows, until one day he curls himself

inside a chrysalis. I’m pretty sure you can guess what

happens next.

 

Children are familiar with and delighted by the metamorphosis

of a caterpillar. The comparison of this with the birth and

growth of an idea in Fuzzy Doodle, by Melinda Syzmanik and

Donovan Bixley, is inspired. An idea needs sustenance, its

development takes time, it has the ability to sprout wings and fly.

Szymanik’s text connects with the reader by asking questions and

has touches of light humour. Bixley’s illustrations are something special.

Charcoal and ink. Scribbles juxtaposed with intricate florals.

Grey sketches with a glossy black and brilliant colours brought

together to form a perfect synthesis.