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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Doodling Dude
By Beth Muehlhausen
06/03/07


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Doodling Dude

Have I told you about my friend Mr. Yoo-Hoodle,
How he stands straight and tall like a skinny, raw noodle?
How he loves to eat sausage and spinach and strudel?
How he yoo-hoos to everyone, even his poodle?

Well … I found out You-Hoodle likes mostly to doodle;
He draws funny lines with his kit and caboodle.
Ideas just appear and he shouts out “Woo-hooodle!”
This makes him all happy and in a good moodle.

“The trick is,” he says, “to eat plenty of foodle.
Just chow down a meal first, before you draw oodles,
In case you need energy out the wazoodle.
My guess is that then you’ll fill pages with doodles.”

Before I drew doodles like Mr. Yoo-Hoodle’s,
He offered me lunch – sausage fried with egg noodles.
Then as a surprise he got out the po-toodles
And whipped up dessert – yummy, rich woodle strudels!

He baked up some pastry with ripe, sweet red woodles,
Then squeezed from a tube these long string-icing doodles
All over the top of those warm woodle strudels.
(Delicious warm strudels make quite awesome foodles!)

But all of a sudden Yoo-Hoodle’s black poodle
Jumped onto the table and stole a big strudel!
“Yoo-hoo there, you THIEF – you bad poodley poodle!
Come back and apologize; don’t be so rudle!”

So here’s what I’ve learned from old Mr. Yoo-Hoodle:
Yoo hoo when you mean it, and eat lots of strudel;
Then regularly draw, with a flourish, some doodles -
And pass on your skills as a doodling dudle.
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Author's note -

An inspiring quote from a master:

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. This is what I do, which enables you to laugh at life's realities." - Dr. Seuss


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Helen Murray06/07/07
Fantastic! Just love it and romp through it with the kids!
Dee Yoder 06/07/07
Reminds me of Seuss, that cool rhymin' dude.
Your poem is chock full of fun-lovin' 'tude!
The problem I have once I've read all of that,
I can't seem to stop with the rhymin'-Oh, rats!
(Yours is way better than mine) What fun!
Joanne Sher 06/08/07
Just plain fun. Bet you had a ball writing this - not much use for that spell-checker, eh? ;) Great stuff.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/11/07
This was "oodles" of fun. I can see children getting right into the spirit and adding "oodles" to everything they say!
Benjamin Graber06/11/07
LOL! This one is cute... :-)
Jan Ackerson 06/12/07
Love it, love it, love it--especially as it gets buried deeper and deeper in -oodles, and the silliness quotient gets bumped up. Awesome!
Marilee Alvey06/16/07
What was it this week with noodles and Suess? It came to my mind, as well! Your poem was a delightful romp into the imagination of children. This poem could anchor itself to a child's heart and stay there in his memory after he grows up. Get it published!
Laury Hubrich 09/19/07
Loved this! I can just see moms everywhere reading this outloud to their kids before bed.
Laury