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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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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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Inventor McGregor
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Mend-It McGregor, everyone called him, because he could mend most anything that needed mending, they said, from fishing rods and fairy wands to top hats and rubber ducks.

Inventor Hector McGregor leads the sort of life we can all envy.  He loves his work, has a wonderful family and a happy home, and spends his time making life easier and happier for others with his fixing skills and ingenious inventions.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Owen & Mzee
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

All other considerations aside, the story of Owen the hippopotamus and his adoptive mother/friend Mzee—a 130-year-old giant tortoise—will always be a striking and beautiful one simply because it is both extraordinary and true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Uncle Andy’s is an unusual treat—a non-fiction children’s book that reads like a weird and wonderful fictional tale.  This is the first book written by Andy Warhol’s nephew, James Warhola, an artist in his own right who has illustrated a number of other popular children’s books. The story takes the reader right into the middle of the day-to-day life of one of the most famous artists of modern times, allowing us to see him not just at arm’s length, but from the perspective of a little boy for whom Warhol was just his always-amusing “Uncle Andy”. 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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Make Way for Ducklings
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“I like this place,” said Mrs. Mallard as they climbed out on the bank and waddled along. “Why don’t we build a nest and raise our ducklings right in this pond? There are no foxes and no turtles, and the people feed us peanuts. What could be better?”

Once again I happily admit to being proven wrong by a preschooler.  I say “happily” because it is always a joy to encounter a child’s unbridled enthusiasm for a book under any circumstances, but particularly when I underestimated the ability of a book that appealed to me to appeal to young children as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tyrannosaurus Drip
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

The two Tyrannosauruses, so grisly, mean, and grim

Couldn’t catch the duckbill dinosaurs

because they couldn’t swim.

And they muttered, “Down with water!”

and they muttered, “Down with wet!”

And they muttered,

“What a shame that bridges aren’t invented yet.”

The above is an excellent example of why I’m prone to heaping effusive praise on Julia Donaldson and pretty much everything that she writes.  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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Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister
May 14th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

I think it is probably common knowledge that sometimes the greatest treasures turn up in the most unexpected places.  When I first came across Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister, I hoped that it would be entertaining, expected that it would be amusing, and though that if I was lucky, it might even stand out as an example of ingenuity and creativity in its fresh take on an old and familiar rhyme.  What I found that I did not expect was that Dimity Dumpty was not only all of those things, it was a really, truly beautiful book as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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