“Pinkwater works narrative magic within the grammatical confines of the early reader format.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With signature wit and whimsy, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater introduces an eccentric, endearing babysitter every child will wish they could have. Welcome to the world of Mrs. Noodlekugel, where felines converse and serve cookies and tea, vision-impaired mice join the party (but may put crumbs up their noses), and children in search of funny adventures are drawn by the warm smell of gingerbread and the promise of magical surprises.
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Stower’s illustrations have an old-fashioned sweetness, while Pinkwater, ever the effortless storyteller, adds just enough bite with his signature deadpan, loopy humor... Pinkwater works narrative magic within the grammatical confines of the early reader format—readers should find Mrs. Noodlekugel’s world delightful and instantly familiar, and look forward to future installments.
Daniel Pinkwater does not deal in pathos but in nutty good humor, and he has pitched the gently zany tale of MRS. NOODLEKUGEL at 5- to-7-year-olds who are just getting confident with chapter books... With occasionally tricky vocabulary, such as "ventriloquist" and "sanitary," this is just the sort of book to make a young reader feel adept.
—The Wall Street Journal
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle meets Mary Poppins.
In novels and picture books we’ve seen Pinkwater in a variety of modes—absurd, satirical, anarchic, deadpan, funny-melancholy. In this offering, an early chapter book, we see yet another color in his palette: cozy... Stower’s pencil drawings perfectly echo the joyous insouciance of this benign—if surreal—backyard world.
—The Horn Book
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It's time to get a little bit silly, adventurous, whimsical, and down-right fun loving. Yes! It's time to explore Mrs. Noodlekuger by Daniel Pinkwater. Now as you can see from the cover image, Mrs. Noodlekuger is a delightfully cheerful little old lady. Well, Nick and Maxine (our children in this delightful story) have discovered a tiny little house situated at the rear of the tall apartment building - in fact surrounded by tall buildings - in which they now live. Their curiosity gets the best of them and they begin their investigation. This little book is just right for the young reader and the story line will capture their imagination. The illustrations by Adam Stower are first class and will indeed keep the young reader engrossed. Kid appeal is high in this little book. Classic kid-book-illustrations and a silly, bizarre story line make this a first-rate book that I highly recommend.
Summary: Mrs. Noodlekugel is a great beginning chapter book with lots of supporting illustrations. The story has a Mary Poppins feel as Nick and Maxine get to know their new babysitter...none other than Mrs. Noodlekugel, who happens to have a cat who can bake and mice who join in the fun at tea time. This one will show up in stores sometime this month, so keep an eye out if you have a reader who's ready to move into chapter books! Thanks @Candlewick Press for the Advance Review Copy!Personal Reaction: Mrs. N is the babysitter we all wish we'd had back in the day! It is so easy to fall into her world and the possibilities of having our own talking cat.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Of course my class would have to bake gingerblobs (without the mice helping, of course).2. I also love the contrast of the tall highrise apartments and Mrs. Noodlekugel's home. I think we could do some artwork that emphasized the contrasting lines between those verticle lines and Mrs. N's friendly, inviting house.
Very cute book! I especially liked the weird & funny janitor, and the clever parents.