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Charlie & Lola
Jan 21st, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

These stories are about the ever-patient Charlie and his creative  and patient approach to dealing with his exasperating little sister, Lola. Quirky and offbeat, the Charlie and Lola stories remind us of the humorous absurdities that are both the cause and result of sibling interactions.

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Tacky the Penguin
Oct 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

Tacky  is a penguin who marches to the beat of his own internal drummer, happily oblivious to his differences from the other penguins. The nicest thing about Tacky, though, is that no matter how clumsy or confused he might be, it is his very uniqueness that usually leads to him saving the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Isabella Abnormella
 and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

No comforters, plush pillows
Sheets of silk or velveteen
Could bring a golden slumber
To Her Majesty, the Queen

When the Queen of Trouble’s insomnia pushes her to the breaking point, will anyone in the kingdom have a solution so she can finally get a good night’s sleep?  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Elephantom
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

We have an Elephantom.
He turned up on Tuesday, just after tea-time.
To be honest, he’s starting to bug me.

Sometimes all you want or need in a story is just a straightforward entertaining narrative.  The Elephantom is perfect for those times.  Ross Collins’ story of a little girl with a pesky, mischievous, phantom elephant who won’t stop following her around is a merry and lighthearted book, a real storytime treasure for sharing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball
May 21st, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Benjamin Budge was a great big man,
A great big huge TREMENDOUS man,
But his tiny house was so very small,
There wasn’t room for him at all!

Now Barnaby Ball was a wee small man,
A tiny, tiny, tiny man.
But his house was as big as a house can be
Too big for Barnaby Ball, you see.

Neighbours Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball have a couple of very serious, very similar problems. Benjamin Budge is a very big man in a very little house, and Barnaby Ball is a very small man in a very large house, and they are both rather miserable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shoo! Scat!
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Professor Flugel was building

a splendid new bird feeder . . .

Little does Professor Flugel know, however, that the splendid new bird feeder of which he is so proud is going to turn his life upside down. 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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Micawber
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

. . . if some July you should chance to

pass by

A viridian Central Park dale,

Look around for a squirrel

with a gleam in his eye

And some paint on the tip of his tail.

John Lithgow may be most familiar to adults as a comedian and television and movie actor, but as far as I’m concerned, his greatest talent lies in his amazing stories for children, Micawber being an excellent example.  Read the rest of this entry »

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You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Amelia Bloomer was NOT a proper lady.

With an opening line like that, it’s a no-brainer that the ensuing story is going to be entertaining.

In this case, the story is a fictionalized account of how Amelia Bloomer, tired of the restrictive and constrictive garments women of her era were forced to wear, decided to throw convention to the wind and dress for comfort and ease of movement instead, thus popularizing what came to be known as “bloomers”—the predecessors to today’s pants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Junk Collector School
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Andy is [a] little kid. He is like most six-year-olds: he loves dogs, dollars, and junk. Andy doesn’t collect anything special himself, but Jake thinks he should.

“Otherwise, life can get a little meaningless,” he says.

This is a great story of intergenerational friendship, ingenuity, and seeing the value in everyday objects. Read the rest of this entry »

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