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Extra Yarn
Mar 3rd, 2013 by Noodlenuts

So Annabelle made sweaters for things
that didn’t even wear sweaters.

Some people might tell you that Extra Yarn is a book about generosity, and I guess they’re probably right. But what comes to my mind when I read Mac Barnett’s story about a little girl, her magically endless supply of colourful yarn, and what she chooses to do with that gift, I think of something my mother used to tell my sisters and me when we were small: “You can never run out of love, or have to divide it between people, because each new person brings their own entirely new source of love along with them.”

 

So when I read Extra Yarn, what I see is a book about love. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wag!
Mar 3rd, 2013 by Noodlenuts

‘Fwip-fwip-fwip’

Okay, so the line above isn’t so much an introduction to this story as it is the sound at the heart of it—the sound of Earl the dog’s tail wagging.

In Wag!, cartoonist Patrick McDonnell has taken the beloved characters of his comic strip, Mutts, and used them to create a sweet, uncomplicated picture book about love and what makes us happy, framed by the simple question, “What make’s Earl’s tail wag?” Read the rest of this entry »

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The King of Capri
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

If you had looked over the Bay of Naples that night, you would have seen the King’s velvet breeches and the King’s silk shirt and the King’s golden waistcoat and the King’s embroidered cloak all flying across the sea.

And where do you think they landed?

As much as I adore many of today’s bold, quirky, and thoroughly modern picture books, it is still a rare treat to come across a new story with the magical air of a really great, classic fairytale. 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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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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The Bachelor and the Bean: A Jewish Moroccan Folk Tale
May 15th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Give me back my bean!” the angry old bachelor shouted.

“By the hair of my grandmother’s beard! It is only a miserable bean!” exclaimed the imp. “Look, here is a magic pot. Ask for whatever you want to eat, and it will appear. Only keep the noise down—I hate a racket!”

A grumpy old bachelor meets his match in a jealous, thieving old lady via the reluctant gifts of an irritable imp.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Story of Giraffe
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

After Noah insists that Giraffe find a significant other to join him on the ark, Giraffe travels to the ends of the earth in search of her.

The Story of Giraffe is an engaging, unadorned story inspired by the tale of Noah’s Ark.  Read the rest of this entry »

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