FUZZY DOODLE 2016
Illustrated by Donovan Bixley, written by Melinda Szymanik
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
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.