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Grump
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Look how tired this Mommy is
Tired and frumpy
Grouchy chumpy
Oh, what a grump!

A fun, rhythmic story great for reading aloud to babies, Grump will also delight parents with its dead-on portrayal of an exhausted mother contending with a busy, curious toddler.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sun is Falling, Night is Calling
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Dusk’s around us,

Night is near.

Mama says,

“Come snuggle here.”

I am not easily impressed by simple bedtime stories. In fact, it seems sometimes that the simplest books are the most difficult to do well, because they require such thoughtfulness when it comes to word and picture in order to avoid trite cliches.  I am, however, extremely impressed with  Sun is Falling, Night is Calling.  This is bedtime storytelling at its best, and any parent of a young child would be remiss in passing it up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hush Little Baby
May 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

I am normally wary at best when it comes to new takes on old favourites–particularly nursery rhymes–but in the case of Sylvia Long’s reinterpretation of this classic lullaby,  I happily hold up the white flag and surrender. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Monster Mama Loves Me So
May 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

My monster mama loves me so!

Let me tell you how I know.

When I wake up, she tweaks my nose,

tickles all my pointy toes,

combs the cobwebs from my bangs

and makes sure that I brush my fangs.

Laura Leuck’s My Monster Mama Loves Me So is an engaging little story about the joys of the mother-child relationship, told from an unusual point of view: that of a little monster listing all of the ways that his “monster mama” shows her love for him.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bark, George
Mar 26th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

George’s mother said: “Bark, George.”

George went: “Meow.”

 

Bark, George is a fantastic little story sure to induce giggles in any toddler who has just discovered the exciting new world of animal sounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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