Celebrate Dueling Doodlers!


My 10-yr-old son, the cat lover


Mike Allegra (HeyLookAWriterFellow), the rodent lover


Mike posted the “naughty kitten” doodle he drew (reluctantly) for my son, and in return, Mike received a tribute to furry creatures with front teeth that never stop growing.


Celebrate Mice!

Celebrate Mice! (Watch Your Tail!!)

My iPhone photo of a copy of the original turned the cheese a bit green, but I’m sure the mouse doesn’t care.

Mike is still waiting to tear into the chocolate I sent him for winning the What Do David Shannon and My Son Have in Common?  competition, because he gave up chocolate for Lent, poor guy.

Sniff, sniff, as the mouse says….Better check your cupboards, Mike, to make sure the chocolate hasn’t been nibbled away by those nefarious critters! (Or your son)

53 thoughts on “Celebrate Dueling Doodlers!

  1. heylookawriterfellow says:

    Fortunately, both my wife and son have also given up sweets for Lent. The mice are Unitarian, however, so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for wee chocolate thieves.

    Your boy is a heckuva artist! (But I’ve told you this many, many times.) I’m gonna reblog this post as soon as my new Waffles with Writers one has a few days to marinate.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thank you, LF, for your enthusiastic response! However, I’m one of those unreasonable parents who insists that my child turns his homework in on time, picks up after himself, participates in a variety of physical activities, plays board and card games with his parents, reads, draws, and builds things. He is only granted 15 minutes of screen time (that means video games since we don’t have a TV) per day during the school week–if he has his homework finished–and 30 minutes per day of screen time on the weekends. He uses that time to play video games like Minecraft and Fifa soccer. If he were to have his own blog, I can guarantee you that he would disappear into the electronic stratosphere never to be seen again. Perhaps when he’s older…I am such an old fogie…

      I will be posting more of his drawings on my blog. Stay tuned!

  2. roughwighting says:

    Ohh, how I love smart crafty artsy doodlers. Your son is beginning a happy career in fun art, and we all appreciate his talent! I enjoy the ‘good night moon’ through the window, giving light to the scene. The only change I’d make if it were my doodle is that the cheese the mouse is sniffing at would be CHOCOLATE. 🙂

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      You can rest assured that chocolate would have been our son’s preference, too. 😀 But he sacrificed his own desires to give that poor little mouse a tasty treat. After all, the mouse has his life on the line, doesn’t he?

      I’ll tell my son you enjoyed his drawings. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Oh, he will love to know that you think he’s “diabolically clever.” He’s constantly developing pranks and traps and any assortment of tricks to play against his parents and friends. We work hard to stay one step ahead of him. I’ll let him know you admire his efforts. 😀

      Thank you for coming by and commenting!

  3. Catherine Johnson says:

    I tried to give up chocolate last year epic fail. This year it looks like I gave up exercising 😉
    Great doodle!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      I gave up chocolate for a short period of time when I developed a strange illness where caffeine, chocolate, and salt gave me vertigo. Since then, I’ve tested small quantities of each to figure out quantities and brands that don’t affect me. Thankfully, I’ve had some success. The Chocolate restriction was killing me! I’m all for rewarding exercise with chocolate, BTW. It’s a good motivator. 😀

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Although he would shudder at the thought, rodent lover that he is, Mike has served as a marvelous “cat”alyst for our son’s doodles. 😀

      I will let Liam know you appreciate his work.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note!

  4. KidLitReviews says:

    Well, I’m s little late, first time here. I love the drawing. I especially like the window and the perspective. What an excellent eye and such artistic talent. Give him a few years and children’s book illustrator might be a possible career choice. My TV broke and I chose not to spend the money to fix it. Amazingly, I haven’t missed it much. I would love to return and see more of your talented boy’s art. I checked out his graphic novel part I and was hoping to find part 2. Love his humor and the graphic novel layout was near perfection. Great blog. I think I’ll follow.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Hi Sue! Yes, my son is considering illustration as a possible career, among others. He’s had some terrific teachers, one who just went to China on a Fulbright. But he’s just 10, so who knows what he will decide to do. He has many interests and a bit of ADD, just like me, so he sometimes gets distracted and heads in other directions. I’ll have to remind him that his “fans” are waiting for the second installment. Stay tuned! And thanks for the follow!

      Also, congrats on winning Mike’s doodle contest. You’ll love whatever he draws for you!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      I read your bio and saw that you’ve worked with kids with special needs. I forgot to mention in my earlier response that my mom (a nursing consultant) worked for the University of Illinois’s Division of Services of Specialized Care for Children for 40 years. And I often volunteered to work clinics with her every couple of weeks before I left home. She retired from working her last clinic (spina bifida) when she was 80. When she died at age 87, we created a fund to send kids with spina bifida to camp. After hearing from so many of “her kids” after she died, we realized her legacy of love could be memorialized in this way. You are doing a great service with your volunteerism!

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