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What Animals Really Like
Oct 21st, 2012 by Noodlenuts

“We are frogs, and we like tennis and most martial arts. Our favourite food is pizza with extra mushrooms, but with absolutely no tomatoes whatsoever.”

The legendary conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth is thrilled to present his latest song, in concert: “What Animals Like Most.”  The problem, as presented in the story of What Animals Like Most, is that Herbert hasn’t actually bothered to ask any of the animals what they really like most. And he’s about to find out at the most inopportune time . . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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My Name Is Elizabeth
Oct 7th, 2012 by Noodlenuts

“My NAME is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!!”

As much as I love picture books (and I do LOVE picture books), every once in a while I start to worry that there aren’t any truly original ideas out there anymore—lots of lovely stories, beautifully illustrated, written in unique ways and from new perspectives, but nothing really fundamentally different. Then I’ll find a book like My Name Is Elizabeth and my faith will be restored. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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The Kettles Get New Clothes
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Follow me!” said Monsieur Pip, heading for the dressing rooms. “I have exactly what you need!”

SO THE KETTLES WENT IN . . .

 

When it comes to concepts taught in early childhood, we all know the drill:  alphabet, numbers, shapes, colours, opposites.  These are the basics, obvious to everyone, the building blocks that prepare children to understand more complex ideas.

But there are also concepts that we take for granted as adults, but which do not simply become apparent to youngsters one day out of the blue, like magic.  One of the most ubiquitous of these is the idea of patterns.  How DO toddlers and preschoolers learn what stripes, polka dots, checks or paisley are?

One answer is: they learn them from Dayle Ann Dodds’ The Kettles Get New Clothes. 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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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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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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The Pink Refrigerator
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Try to do as little as possible.”

This was Dodsworth’s motto.

This is a fabulous story about inspiration, curiosity, and trying new things.

It is the story of Dodsworth, a lazy mole who gets by in life doing as little as possible. Dodsworth is not necessarily unhappy, but isn’t particularly happy either.  He just sort of . . . is. Read the rest of this entry »

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