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Olivia the Pig
Jun 18th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

The adventures of the incomparably imaginative Olivia, diva-in-training, include some subtle artistic surprises that will expand your kids’ horizons without their even realizing it.

And don’t forget to check out the official

OLIVIA THE PIG WEBSITE

and download the

Olivia “Event Kit” with Colouring Pages, Games and More! Read the rest of this entry »

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Quentin Fenton Herter III
May 23rd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Oh, seldom seen and never heard
was Quentin Fenton Herter Third.
BUT . . .
Quentin Fenton had a Shadow:
never good and always bad! Oh,
he was bad as bad can be,
was Quentin Fenton Herter Three.

I just love a book that dares to be different, not just for the sake of difference itself (which can backfire when it comes to story quality), but rather for the sake of presenting a seldom-heard point of view, particularly when that premise is obviously the result of genuine thoughtfulness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Isabella Abnormella
 and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

No comforters, plush pillows
Sheets of silk or velveteen
Could bring a golden slumber
To Her Majesty, the Queen

When the Queen of Trouble’s insomnia pushes her to the breaking point, will anyone in the kingdom have a solution so she can finally get a good night’s sleep?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Asked the Moon to Dinner?
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

One of the things I love best about picture books is how widely they vary.  Although the general format may be the same, the range of styles, artwork, stories, etc. is almost unlimited, which is important because the imaginations and tastes of young children are just as varied. Read the rest of this entry »

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Junk Collector School
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Andy is [a] little kid. He is like most six-year-olds: he loves dogs, dollars, and junk. Andy doesn’t collect anything special himself, but Jake thinks he should.

“Otherwise, life can get a little meaningless,” he says.

This is a great story of intergenerational friendship, ingenuity, and seeing the value in everyday objects. Read the rest of this entry »

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That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
May 14th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

What I loved right from the very beginning of That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown was how utterly realistic it was for such a ridiculously fanciful story. What struck me by the end was how special this book was in that it actually transcended its intended message to provide truly heart-grabbing entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Delilah D. at the Library
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

The library is full of extremely interesting books:
some have pictures,
some have words
and this one
has a squashed
baked bean
on
page 5.

Delilah Darling is a character in the grand storybook tradition of confident, imaginative little girls , from Eloise to Olivia the Pig, who do not let such trivial things as logic or reality get in the way of their grandiose dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Going To Be Good?
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Don’t do that,” whispers Daddy.
“Don’t do that,” whispers Mama.
“Don’t do that,” whisper Alice and all the other relatives.
All except Great-Gran Said, her toes tapping to the music.

“DO THAT AGAIN!” she says.

Kids aside, I dare any parent to get through this book without a snicker and a snort–or five. Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Backwards
May 12th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Princess Fred lived with her parents, King Nancy and Queen David, in a castle not far from here.

 

Thus begins the story of the young woman, nicknamed Princess Backwards because in a kingdom where everything is the reverse of our world, she seems to always be doing things the wrong way.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Please, Louise!
May 11th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

There have been countless books published about sibling rivalry, but as is the case with many “classic” themes, very few of them are really special or stand out in any way.  Please, Louise! stands out. Read the rest of this entry »

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