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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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Rain!
May 4th, 2013 by Noodlenuts

“Rain!”

“Rain!”

A single word, in two different voices, prompts a heart-warming exploration of optimism vs. cynicism in Linda Ashman’s Rain!

I’ll admit it: I have a particular fondness both for intergenerational picture books and crotchety old people (at least, in writing—maybe not so much in real life). I’m not at all a fan of the treacly or saccharine in children’s literature, but I do love a story that reflects the real-life magic that often happens when the very young connect with the elderly. 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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Don’t Need Friends
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

When we think of great stories for children, we tend to think of the uplifting, the exuberant, the silly and cheerful.  But one thing I’ve learned over time is that sometimes the most important characteristic of a successful story is that it reflects the familiar, whether joyful or not.  Read the rest of this entry »

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No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling
May 12th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Mr. Frimdimpny never laughs

or smiles or giggles . . .

and he HATES it when other

people do!

So he makes up rules . . .

Of course, while Mr. Frimdimpny, previously the narrator of James Stevenson’s Don’t Make Me Laugh, may be able to maintain his solemn disposition at all times, adults and children alike will find that they have an extraordinarily difficult time doing the same while reading this book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today is MY Day
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

You can tell me to be good

And I’ll sincerely try
You can tell me to eat spinach

And I won’t blink an eye
You can tell me anything you want

And I’ll do as you say

But not today

No, not today

For

TODAY IS MY DAY.

 

What  kid doesn’t wish that just for once they could be in charge?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Mrs. Biddlebox (Her Bad Day & What She Did About It)
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

On a grubby little hill,

in a dreary little funk,

Mrs. Biddlebox rolled over

on the wrong side of her bunk.

Everybody has bad days, and to young children they can seem even worse.  Luckily, Mrs. Biddlebox has the perfect solution:  She rolls up all the elements of that lousy, miserable day, bakes them into a cake, and devours it!  Read the rest of this entry »

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