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Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape

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A collection of poems each of which appears on the page in the shape of its subject so that the poem looks like whatever it's about.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published 1998)
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In this book, J. Patrick Lewis takes the sometimes confusing world of poetry and makes it fun for all ages. Doodle Dandies is a book full of poems that take the shape of the subject of each poem. The poems are about many things such as butterflies, snakes, dogs, baseball, spring, etc. For example, Weeping Willow is a poem about a willow tree and is written in the shape of the tree or Lashondra Scores is a poem about a last second score in a basketball game and the poem is written in an arch to s ...more
Memory Kopp
This is a fun poetry book where the poems take the shape of the subject. J. Patrick Lewis uses this fun visual poetry with these 19 poems. He uses many forms such as alliteration in the weeping willow poem and using ending rhyming words in the dachshund poem. These are concrete poems using some tongue twister fun. These poems would be useful for grades K-3 in a poetry lesson. Some of the poems could be a little tricky to read for the younger kids with all the twisting and turning needed to follo ...more
Harley Stine
Doodle Dandies is a very interesting and unique book. Inside are different poems that take the shape of what the poem is about. For example, one poem about a Dachshund puppy shows a picture of the dog and the poem around him. The illustrations are very vibrant and colorful. The pictures almost look real. There was a poem for everyone. There were poems about sports, pets, other animals, and items in nature. Each poem on a topic taught the reader a little bit about it and then the picture added to ...more
Brittany Martz
This is a great poetry book that uses the words to create an image. The words are arranged on the page so that they form a picture about the topic of the poem. Each poem takes up one or two pages to capture a picture. Some examples from the book include the poem Dachshund which turns the words of the poem into a Dachshund. Another example is Lashondra Scores! This poem shows a picture of a person shooting a basketball. As the ball soars through the air, the words are displayed with the ball unti ...more
Although I don't love every poem in this collection of concrete poetry, I love several of the 19 poems quite a lot. For instance, I simply adore "Skyscraper" for its visual appeal but also for the words the poet has chosen to describe that lofty structure. I also love "Dachshund," "Giraffe," "Weeping Willow," and "Big Cat," among others. The mixed media illustrations complement the poems quite well, enhancing them in creative, stylish fashion. Teachers should find this one useful in introducing ...more
I love J Patrick Lewis' work but this isn't one of my favorites. However these are some of the ones I really liked:
Weeping Willow
Synchronized Swim Team
Derek Slagle
Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape is a single book length of poems that examine shape rhymes. This book is good to look at while looking at shape poems. These poems are really short but they allow readers to be become familiar to shape books. One poem that caught my attention was called "A Swing and a Miss" and this poem was about baseball and the different pitches that can be thrown. This interested me because it used baseballs to organize this poem. Also I am a baseball pitcher and it was ...more
Lisa Newhouse
This book is filled with short poems in the shape of their main topic. A poem about a dog is in the shape of a dog. The poem about the giraffe is in the shape of the giraffe. I read this with a third grade student. She really loved seeing the poems in the various shapes. I think this book would be great to include in a poetry lesson. Students could learn that poems don't have to rhyme, but simply bring an image to mind. I would love to try using this book with a writing lesson as inspiration. I ...more
Sharlet Mullen
This book is a great introduction to poetry. The poems are drawn on pictures to tell the meaning.
Victoria Hylind
This book includes poems about many different subjects. These poems are unique because they take the shape of whatever the poem is talking about. For example, the poem about baseball is in the shape of a baseball. There is a poem of a giraffe where the words create the body of the giraffe. A poem I could see myself using in my classroom is Winter. This poem talks about what happens in winter. I could use this to talk about upcoming seasons. This poem takes the shape of snow falling from the sky ...more
Crystal Lockhart
I read Doodle Dandies Poems that take Shape by K.Patrick Lewis. This book is for my poetry selection of my book log and was found in the textbook on page 241. This book is made of several different poems that are presented in the shape of the subject of the poem. There are poems about animals, objects, and fun things that would interest children.

The illustrations are fun and add to the enjoyment of the reader. Most of the pictures are backgrounds to the written words because the words are shap
Chris Connolly
Category (Poetry)
Found on pg. 241 in the textbook


1. Poems come from many angles and words that stretch up and down the page. Whether the reader is reading down, then up, the poems are fun and sometimes tongue-twisters to say the least. From Skinny Bonnie Bumber to upside down swimming teams, the variety of shorts poems fill every and the entire page. If poems and cool picture are your fancy, this book is for you!

Possible use in the classroom

2. The very thing that I see in the in book
Brittany Davis
Picture Book Log
Title: Doodle Dandies: Poems that take Shape
Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Category: Poetry
Source: Text – pg. 241

I chose Doodle Dandies: Poems that take Shape for my poetry category, as I loved the idea of writing poems to take the shape of the topic. The short poems cover topics such as, a giraffe, an umbrella, a butterfly, winter, and a skyscraper. I believe it will intrigue the students with the text making out the topic of the poem, but there was some diffi
At first I was a little turned off by the illustrations that came with the poems, but now I've decided that I like them. I just expected the poems to be the actual illustrations since this is a collection of concrete poems. Some are very great concrete poems that don't really depend on the background illustrations at all. After reading the entire book, I've decided that the illustrations just add more to the poem and could also help a lot with comprehension so I like them anyway!

I wouldn't read
Ashley Storms
This book is a unique collection of concrete poems that take shape based on the poem's subject. I think that some students would enjoy these types of poems, but others might have difficulty. Recommended for primary and intermediate.
Yossi Gremillion
Great book of poems where poems are written into shapes. Interesting way to introduce poetry (which many children abhore), making it interesting. Great illustrations.
A clever collection of concrete poetry with wildly imaginative mixed-media illustrations. A visual delight for readers who appreciate visual wordplay.
Another great children's book using concrete poetry. Perfect to hook the student's interest into reading more poetry.
Gina Saenz
Category: Poetry Picture
Source: Textbook p 241
This a book about poems that turn into shapes of what the poem is about. This form of writing helps keep the attention of the reader and gives a prediction of what the poem is going to be about.
The illustrations are an asset to the words and are very vibrant.
I would have a stack of papers with different pictures on each paper. The students would choose a picture and then write a poem around the outside edges of the picture that has to do with the p
Very creative shape poems.
Kelsey Vayens
This book is an anthology of various poems that are put together in a different way. Unlike the general format of straight left to right lines in poetry, this book shows that poetry can take any form! This book is great at not only teaching students to express themselves through poetry, but it can also serve as a model of showing students that not all books have to follow the "rules". This highlights a different type of text that some student may find interesting and may even become inspired to ...more
Kathryn Sublett
The poems take the shape of different things, animals, or places in nature. Teachers could integrate a language arts lesson by incorporating science knowledge into poetry. This could be used as an example of a visual aide for explaining different science topics in Evaluate of the Five E lesson plan format. Upper elementary students, fifth grade, will more than likely think abstractly about science concepts. It could be applied to many different content areas.
This one has a very cool concept--poems that take on shapes of objects. My favorites were the synchronized swimming poem and the Winter poem in which the words represented traces of snow falling from the sky on a black background. A number of the poems feature animals or sports. The format reminded me of a couple of the poems in Sharon Creech's Love That Dog and Hate That Cat.
I really like concrete poems, and I used this book as examples for teaching a third grade class about them. However, I didn't really like all of these concrete poems because they relied heavily on illustrations rather than the shape of the words to describe the poem. I've seen other books I liked better for teaching concrete poems, but these are still really fun to share with kids.
Jennarae Quesenberry
The poems take shape of the subject they are about. It's a fun way to read poetry and help children make the connections
Ruth Ann
This book of shape poems is a complete feast for the eyes. Even kids who claim to dislike poetry will be impressed and just might reconsider their opinion. The artwork is collage-like and full of texture and dimensionality. The topics vary from animals, to skyscrapers, to synchronized swimmers.
This poem consists of shape poems with illustrations filled with color and texture. I read "Giraffe," which was very well done. You can see the shape of the giraffe very clearly and you can see the brown and yellow colors on the giraffe. Overall, it was very creative and well done.
Shape poems on a variety of subjects. Mixed media illustrations. Poems like "A Swing and a Miss" with it's poem written across seven different baseballs flying across the diamond, are engaging and require a little bit of puzzle solving to enjoy.
Like most books of poems there was a few that I really enjoyed. Poems like Winter and Lashondra Scores are a joy. The rest are so so. I would use this book to teach this style of poetry to my third grade students.
Fun read for kids of all ages. The poems throughout the book take shape, and readers are allowed to have two forms of imagery, one from the words, and one from the actual pictures that form.
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J. Patrick Lewis is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than seventy children's books, including Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses. J. Patrick Lewis lives in Ohio.
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