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And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

It’s funny how quickly

an argument ends . . .

And to think that we thought that we’d

never be friends!

 

This over-the-top story about arguing and making up again starts slowly, with an all-too-familiar fight between siblings, and builds to a joyous, crashing crescendo as friends, family, neighbours and complete strangers annoy and irk each other, learn to overcome and even appreciate their differences, and band together in a rollicking, ever-moving parade of friendship-building. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Thelonius Monster once swallowed a fly,

and decided that flies would taste grand in a pie.

That silly guy!

I’m not sure that I can even begin to explain all of the things that make Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie a fantastic book, there are so very many of them, and they so defy simple description.  Read the rest of this entry »

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May I Bring a Friend?
May 12th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

The King and Queen

Invited me

To come to their house

On Sunday for tea.

So I brought my friend . . .

So begins the sweet, funny, lighthearted story of a little boy who each day brings a different animal friend to visit with his pals, the King and Queen, and of the inevitable antics which ensue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boom Chicka Rock
May 11th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Let’s dance and party and Rock-and-Roll.
Bring out the Good China Dishes and the Big Punch Bowl.

 

When kitchen clock-dwelling, fun-loving mice–numbers One through Twelve–decide to throw an impromptu late-night party, not even Max the housecat is going to stand in their way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wild About Books
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

It started the summer of 2002,
When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew,
By mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

It is not at all surprising that Wild About Books won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, because this is one book that was made for reading aloud. Read the rest of this entry »

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Catch That Crocodile!
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Wh…what!
H…how?
Wh…why?
Wh…which?

CROCODILE!
CROCODILE!
In the ditch!

As always, Anushka Ravishankar has produced a story that is simple but delightful, funny and distinctive.  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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Iggy Peck, Architect
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Young Iggy Peck is an architect

and has been since he was two,

when he built a great tower

—in only an hour—

with nothing but diapers and glue.

Iggy Peck, Architect is exactly the sort of book which inspired me to create Noodlenuts.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Mrs. Biddlebox (Her Bad Day and 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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Uncle Alonzo’s Beard
May 6th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

‘My Uncle Alonzo, who’s really quite weird,
Often finds people asleep in his beard . . . !’

 

Uncle Alonzo’s Beard is a funny, silly, nonsensical story sure to captivate preschoolers.  My own niece (5-and-a-half at the time I wrote this review), continued to find it hilarious at every consecutive reading. Read the rest of this entry »

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