Tons of Fun with Google Doodles

A few weeks ago, Google presented a Doodle on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. This intrigued me as I studied Sendak’s children’s literature as part of the Children's Literature course during my Honours degree. So, firstly, I let this Doodle play through. It was fantastic! So cute and a great tribute to such a well-known children’s book. Let’s face it, this book is beyond well known. It has, after all, been around since 1963!

And secondly, I opened the link to find out more – Google did not disappoint.

I really love the idea of Doodles – not only are they fun, but they’re also informative. And in this information technology hyperworld that we live in, getting information across in such a cool way is great! Maybe people don’t click on the links quite as often as they should, but at least the option to learn a bit more about people and events is there.

So I went investigating further – what other authors has Google doodled?

According to Linda Ann Nickerson’s “Google Doodle Adds Dickens to Literary Lauding Line of Logos”, Google has celebrated Charles Dickens, Jules Verne (Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), Roger Hargeaves (Mr. Men and Little Miss series), Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).

Also among the authors celebrated by Google are Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Franz Kafka (short story writer and novelist), Wisława Szymborska (Polish poet, essayist and translator), Aleksander Fredro (Polish poet, playwright and author) and Henry Lawson (Australian writer and poet). More famous writers include the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Agatha Christie.

And it doesn’t stop there – of course Google covers everything from worldwide events (such as the Olympics) and special days (such as Freedom Day) to famous people throughout history. Now, isn’t that wonderful?

My favourite Doodles are those that you can ‘play’ with – the interactive ones. Don’t take this the wrong way, even the the static Doodles are wonderful, but being able to do something with a Doodle before you Google something really does seem much more appealing. Some of my favourite interactive doodles are Earth Day 2013, the Olympics' Hurdles Doodle, Robert Moog's 78th Birthday Doodle (where you can play on a synthesizer), Les Paul's 96th Birthday Doodle (where you can play on an electric guitar) and the Zamboni Doodle (where you can ride around on a zamboni).

So next time you hit Google's home page and it has something out of the ordinary on it, click on the Doodle and learn something you didn’t necessarily know before.

Go on, have fun!