Why did Yankee Doodle go to town? Ask Crankee Doodle!

crankeemacaroniYankee Doodle went to town
a-riding on a pony
stuck a feather in his hat
and called it macaroni.

Ever wonder what the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” means, exactly? And what’s with the macaroni?

Turns out it didn’t make any sense to Mr. Doodle, either. In fact, it made him pretty, um, cranky.

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.


A historical note ends this colorful, comical take on a nonsensical old song.

From Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda books! Pictures by Cece Bell.

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Praise for Crankee Doodle

“Best-seller Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame takes on picture books, treating a younger audience to his dry and zany wit. . . . A historical hoot full of goofy, eye-rolling goodness.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“As concepts for picture books go, it’s hard to think of one cleverer than this absurdist deconstruction of the familiar song. . . . Readers will cheerfully hum their way through the giddily imagined argument and resolution.”
—Horn Book, starred review

“By book’s end, both characters have had meltdowns, prompting a Yankee change of heart and a comically anachronistic trip to town that will have readers laughing.”
Publishers Weekly 

“In this laugh-out-loud reworking of ‘Yankee Doodle,’. . . [Angelberger], author of the Origami Yoda series puts a witty, accessible spin on the familiar song, while Bell’s bright, bold gouache images extend the zany humor.”