Meet Hoozy Whatzadinkle

Hoozy Concept Sketch SELECTED 11 sample_hoozy11

Meet Hoozy Whatzadinkle. Initially it was all one word–a name created by My Beloved Wife for this character–but my editor correctly pointed out that the single word took up too much of each rhyming line, so My Beloved suggested making Hoozy his first name and the rest his last name. I like it, so that is what he’ll be called from now on.

The concept sketch above is one of 11 iterations my illustrator and I we went through to get the character looking just right. Creation of a full-color illustration of Hoozy has now been authorized.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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13 Responses to Meet Hoozy Whatzadinkle

  1. I like the shorter name…ie not all one word…. and the revised sketch…. Diane.

  2. trinitygrau says:

    This character has the simple yet lovable look of Dr. Seuss! I also love the name, very creative. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Greetings from the professor! Very creative and reminiscent of characters the professor deals with daily.

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