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Madeline
Feb 4th, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

There is a reason why the Madeline books–timeless stories of a little girl in convent school in Paris, her experiences and adventures–have been international favourites for more than half a century.  Find out all over again with your kids why these were probably favourites of your own childhood! Read the rest of this entry »

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Bad Cat
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Hey, you, bad cat! How dare you do that?”

Bad Cat–evil feline genius, or just a well-intentioned but misunderstood kitty?  Either way, Bad Cat (the book) is a wildly entertaining tale of mischief and misunderstanding that I highly recommend. The story of a grinning cat with a twinkle in his eye, who is constantly stirring up excitement, Bad Cat is a fun book that teaches both kids and parents a great lesson—that misbehaving occasionally doesn’t make you “bad”, and getting into scrapes isn’t the end of the world, as long as your intentions are good and your heart is in the right place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Donna O’Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows,
And also by mooses and gooses and sows.
It happened one day
When Donna at play
Patted a cow on the head.

Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose of laughter and a great deal of cleverness when they open one of his books.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Barney Bipple’s Magic Dandelions
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

When Miss Minerva Merkle gives Barney three magic dandelions as a reward for a good deed, he knows just what to ask for. But Barney ignores Miss Merkle’s warning not to wish for anything too complicated—and magic soon turns into trouble!

I was going to start this review by saying that Barney Bipple’s Magic Dandelions is a classic that reminded me of the books I grew up with 30 years ago, until I realized that the book itself is in fact almost 30 years old.  That will teach me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arrowville
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Arrowville was never slow—a constant go, go go!
In a manic panic people hustled to and fro.
Every pointed person had a pointed point of view,
and every point in Arrowville was always just askew.

With Arrowville, author/illustrator Geefwee Boedoe has created a keen, insightful story about prejudice while maintaining a sense of playfulness that keeps the book from being overly didactic. 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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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Every night the rhyme gets read

Every night Dish and Spoon run away.

And every night they return

—until tonight!

I have always loved the idea of “fractured fairy tales”.  There are so many possibilities that open up when you take something with the longevity and quality of a classic and put a creative spin on it that will attract kids’ attention.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Carnival of the Animals
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Oliver Pendleton Percy the Third

Was a mischievous imp of a lad.

The tricks that he played on

Professor McByrd

Nearly drove the old schoolmaster mad.

As Carnival of the Animals opens, little Oliver Pendleton Percy the Third is creeping away from a class outing to New York City’s Natural History Museum, only to fall asleep behind one of the exhibits.  Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re Riding on a Caravan: an Adventure on the Silk Road
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

We’re riding on a caravan,

a bumpy, humpy caravan,

We’re riding on a caravan

to places far away.

When I first spotted this book, I was initially excited and then almost immediately wary.  I love the idea of books that convey interesting historical and cultural information to kids in an entertaining way, but my experience has been that the vast majority of these books, even when presented in picture book format, are far too complicated for most preschoolers. Read the rest of this entry »

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47 Beavers on the Big, Blue Sea
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Deep in the northwest territ’ry,

Where the woods look down on the western

sea

And the trappers trap so merrily

For the streams are oh so beavery-y . . .

This giggle-inducing stanza starts off a story that is sure to have both parents and kids laughing with delight, as 47 beavers outwit egotistical trapper Stu and, working together, make a hilarious (and ultimately successful!) break for freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

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