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Look! A Book!: A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure
Mar 29th, 2011 by Noodlenuts

 

Look A Book cover

Grinning ghosts and pizza planes,
underwater subway trains.
Not a lot of words to read—
the pictures here are all you need!

 

Actually, the above is not entirely true. While this fantastic seek-and-find book does keep the text to a minimum, lovely, evocative words such as “squawking,” “toothy,” and “jubilee” add funny-bone-tickling character to Bob Staake’s jam-packed illustrated spreads. 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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I Like the Music
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

I do not like this concert hall.
This concert hall’s no fun at all. . . .
But I like the music in the street . . .

Don’t be fooled by that first line!  This fabulous book is a wonderful introduction to the joys of both “street” music and symphonies, to the irresistible music of various ethnic communities and the rousing strains of orchestral music. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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The Wicked Wizard and the Wicked Witch
May 21st, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Once a wicked wizard
met a wicked witch,
and they wanted to know
which was wickeder.

The highest praise I can think to give to The Wicked Wizard & the Wicked Witch is to say that it reminds me a great deal of some of the favourite books of my own childhood. 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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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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Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Cleaner
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

We have rascals and robbers and cheaters

and pinchers

And fibbers and squealers and rotters

and stinkers.

But out of them all there is nobody meaner

Than Englebert Sneem and his

Dream Vacuum Cleaner

This story cracks me up.  Daniel Postgate is generally a pretty reliable author, but with Engelbert Sneem (published in the U.S. as Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Machine) he has outdone himself.  Read the rest of this entry »

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