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The Wicked Wizard and the Wicked Witch
May 21st, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Once a wicked wizard
met a wicked witch,
and they wanted to know
which was wickeder.

The highest praise I can think to give to The Wicked Wizard & the Wicked Witch is to say that it reminds me a great deal of some of the favourite books of my own childhood. Read the rest of this entry »

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Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball
May 21st, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Benjamin Budge was a great big man,
A great big huge TREMENDOUS man,
But his tiny house was so very small,
There wasn’t room for him at all!

Now Barnaby Ball was a wee small man,
A tiny, tiny, tiny man.
But his house was as big as a house can be
Too big for Barnaby Ball, you see.

Neighbours Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball have a couple of very serious, very similar problems. Benjamin Budge is a very big man in a very little house, and Barnaby Ball is a very small man in a very large house, and they are both rather miserable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shoo! Scat!
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Professor Flugel was building

a splendid new bird feeder . . .

Little does Professor Flugel know, however, that the splendid new bird feeder of which he is so proud is going to turn his life upside down. 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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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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Whopper Cake
May 15th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Go start the old jalopy, boys!

and back it in real tight.

Grandma’s gonna be surprised

when she gets home tonight!”

Surprised, indeed.  It’ll be a wonder if Grandma doesn’t keel right over when she sees the gargantuan cake Grandpa has whipped up for her birthday. 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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