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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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I Like the Music
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

I do not like this concert hall.
This concert hall’s no fun at all. . . .
But I like the music in the street . . .

Don’t be fooled by that first line!  This fabulous book is a wonderful introduction to the joys of both “street” music and symphonies, to the irresistible music of various ethnic communities and the rousing strains of orchestral music. 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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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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Tony’s Bread
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Tony made bread and only bread in his bakery. It was good and simple and the villagers loved it. But Tony had a dream. One day he would have a bakery of his own in Milano and become the most famous baker in all of northern Italy.

Tomie dePaola is one of those rare author/illustrators who is justifiably considered a producer of truly classic children’s books.  His stories have an air of the familiar without being predictable or derivative.  His rounded drawings and soft style are immediately recognizable, yet they always make me anticipate more rather than growing tired of them.  There is something really, really special about Tomie dePaola and his works. Read the rest of this entry »

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And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

It’s funny how quickly

an argument ends . . .

And to think that we thought that we’d

never be friends!

 

This over-the-top story about arguing and making up again starts slowly, with an all-too-familiar fight between siblings, and builds to a joyous, crashing crescendo as friends, family, neighbours and complete strangers annoy and irk each other, learn to overcome and even appreciate their differences, and band together in a rollicking, ever-moving parade of friendship-building. Read the rest of this entry »

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Catch That Crocodile!
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Wh…what!
H…how?
Wh…why?
Wh…which?

CROCODILE!
CROCODILE!
In the ditch!

As always, Anushka Ravishankar has produced a story that is simple but delightful, funny and distinctive.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Uncle Alonzo’s Beard
May 6th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

‘My Uncle Alonzo, who’s really quite weird,
Often finds people asleep in his beard . . . !’

 

Uncle Alonzo’s Beard is a funny, silly, nonsensical story sure to captivate preschoolers.  My own niece (5-and-a-half at the time I wrote this review), continued to find it hilarious at every consecutive reading. Read the rest of this entry »

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