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Advanced Picture Books for Preschoolers
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

. . . and here we get to the more complicated stuff.

As wonderful as all of the picture books in the preschooler section are, sometimes you need something more.

So in this section of the Noodlenuts site, you’ll find exactly that.  Some of these books are still pretty straightforward stories that are simply a little longer than the average picture book (and therefore are best suited to kids who will sit still for a lengthier tale).  Others have more complex narratives, more challenging use of language, more unique or unusual themes, and sometimes more sophisticated artwork.

(left: Reading Little Girl by Ildiko Horvath. See more of Ildi’s gorgeous art for children–including prints, wooden blocks, and more–at NanuGraphic.)

Here there are fictionalized biographies of Dali and Warhol for the kindergarten set; an exploration of the Japanese notion of wabi sabi, or the beauty of ordinary things; a look at one of the first feminists–Amelia Bloomer, who got women out of skirts and into more comfortable pants; and many other clever, funny, wonderful storybooks for the more advanced preschooler in your life.  Enjoy!

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Virginia Wolf
Mar 17th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

The whole house sank.
Up became down.
Bright became dim.
Glad became gloom.

It’s difficult to write about Virgina Wolf without resorting to hyperbole. Picture books about siblings are a dime a dozen, but it’s obvious as soon as you start reading this one that it’s special . . .

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When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
Mar 13th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

 Stravinsky inspired Nijinsky.
Nijinsky inspired Stravinsky.
Together they decided to dream of something different and new.

When I was about four or five years old, I was taken to see The Nutcracker, and like any kid, I promptly fell in love with ballet, pirouetting my way through the house for weeks afterwards. But instead of contributing to my new games of pretend by buying me a tutu, my father bought me a Tchaikovsky record, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Enormous Mister Schmupsle: An ABC Adventure
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

As an avowed word junkie, I always love finding alphabet books written for older kids.  I firmly believe that learning the ABCs is just a first step, and that finding ways to keep kids interested in letters and words beyond that is crucial. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Elephant?
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.”

I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages  the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination.  What Elephant? is one of those stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pecorino’s First Concert
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard.  It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino.

How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story of the silliest boy in the world and one of his silly adventures? Read the rest of this entry »

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Eugene’s Story
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Eugene was in the middle.  This is his story.

In the name of forthrightness, I should state at the beginning of this review that as a middle child myself, I have a bit of an innate bias in favour of Richard Scrimger’s tale of the trials and tribulations of young Eugene, stuck between two sisters.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dali and the Path of Dreams
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Once upon a time there was a little boy whose name was Salvador, though everyone called him Salvi.

Dali and the Path of Dreams, much like James Warhola’s Uncle Andy’s, is remarkable in its ability to convey complex ideas about an artist and his art to very young children.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Cleaner
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

We have rascals and robbers and cheaters

and pinchers

And fibbers and squealers and rotters

and stinkers.

But out of them all there is nobody meaner

Than Englebert Sneem and his

Dream Vacuum Cleaner

This story cracks me up.  Daniel Postgate is generally a pretty reliable author, but with Engelbert Sneem (published in the U.S. as Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Machine) he has outdone himself.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Double Trouble in Walla Walla
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Lulu, it seems to me that you’ve opened up a knock’em sock’em wibble-wobble word warp!”

Kids love this book!

I say that before anything else because, all else aside, it is one of the best reasons to buy this book.  Double Trouble in Walla Walla will have your kids in absolute fits of giggles. Read the rest of this entry »

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