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Froggy
Oct 9th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Toddler

There is a Froggy  story for almost every occasion or circumstance, but unlike some other such prolific authors, Jonathan London manages to maintain the entertainment value throughout this series of familiar situations, with sound effects that will keep toddlers giggling non-stop. 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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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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Donna O’Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows,
And also by mooses and gooses and sows.
It happened one day
When Donna at play
Patted a cow on the head.

Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose of laughter and a great deal of cleverness when they open one of his books.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“No shame can come to such as you,” said one of the peris [to Wali Dad]. “Thought your clothes are poor, in your heart you are a king.”

Although my absolute favourite picture books tend mostly to be the funny or silly ones, throughout my life I’ve always been enchanted as well by folk tales.  The best of these are told with beautiful language and imagery, teach practical lessons without being patronizing to young readers, and immerse us—if only momentarily—in some of the most colourful and appealing parts of other cultures. 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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Who Asked the Moon to Dinner?
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

One of the things I love best about picture books is how widely they vary.  Although the general format may be the same, the range of styles, artwork, stories, etc. is almost unlimited, which is important because the imaginations and tastes of young children are just as varied. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pecorino’s First Concert
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard.  It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino.

How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story of the silliest boy in the world and one of his silly adventures? 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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That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
May 14th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

What I loved right from the very beginning of That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown was how utterly realistic it was for such a ridiculously fanciful story. What struck me by the end was how special this book was in that it actually transcended its intended message to provide truly heart-grabbing entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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