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Mocking Birdies
Oct 7th, 2012 by Noodlenuts

What a hoot. You said it.

Two little birds sit up on a power line in Annette Simon’s Mocking Birdies, alternately chatting companionably and driving each other nuts with teasing mockery. Sound like any siblings you know? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Scattering of Wonderful Poetry
May 23rd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Oh Dinosaur!

Written by Barbara Ireson – Illustrated by Anne Axworthy

This is a very small but incredibly well-written book of silly poems about dinosaurs. Better than the vast majority of children’s poetry that I see these days.  VERY hard to find, but worth looking for, especially for a child who loves dinosaurs.

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Walking the Bridge of Your Nose: Wordplay, Poems and Rhymes

Written by Michael Rosen – Illustrated by Chloë Cheese

Michael Rosen has produced a fantastic book of poetry which employs tongue-twisters, wordplay, and other linguistic tricks.  Kids will enjoy both the hilarious poems and the introduction to some of the wonders of language.

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Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poems

Selected by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Eva Moore, Mary Michaels White, and Jan Carr – Illustrated by Marcia Brown, Leo & Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Trina Schart Hyman, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Marc Simont, and Margot Zemach

A wonderful cornerstone to any child’s collection of poetry books. Included are poems from children’s favourites like Mary Ann Hoberman and classic authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Langston Hughes, with pictures by beloved illustrators from Arnold Lobel (“Frog and Toad”) to Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”). The poems are cleverly divided into nine themes, including “Story Poems” and “Mostly Nonsense”.

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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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The Enormous Mister Schmupsle: An ABC Adventure
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

As an avowed word junkie, I always love finding alphabet books written for older kids.  I firmly believe that learning the ABCs is just a first step, and that finding ways to keep kids interested in letters and words beyond that is crucial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pecorino’s First Concert
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard.  It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino.

How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story of the silliest boy in the world and one of his silly adventures? Read the rest of this entry »

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Double Trouble in Walla Walla
May 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Lulu, it seems to me that you’ve opened up a knock’em sock’em wibble-wobble word warp!”

Kids love this book!

I say that before anything else because, all else aside, it is one of the best reasons to buy this book.  Double Trouble in Walla Walla will have your kids in absolute fits of giggles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Not Open This Book!
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Excuse me, but did you read the front cover

of this book?

Are you always so rude?

I said DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK!

Much like James Stevenson’s Don’t Make Me Laugh, Do Not Open This Book is a great excuse for parents and children to just let go, be silly and laugh together. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daddy is a Doodlebug
Mar 5th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Daddy is a doodlebug.

I’m a doodlebug too.

We doodle things together

That doodlebugs like to do.

The tongue-twisting wordplay of Bruce Degen’s Daddy Is a Doodlebug makes for a uniquely entertaining book about the relationship between father and child, without any of the syrupy preciousness which is all too common in picture books about parents and kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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