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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.

 

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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.