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Title: Mrs. Noodlekugel

noodle250 Author: Daniel Pinkwater

Themes: Friendship, Imagination, Magic, Siblings, Talking Animals

Published: 2012, 32 pages

'Sweet' book summary:
Reviewer: Melissa G.

As you might guess by her name, Mrs. Noodlekugel is not your average babysitter. She's incredibly cheerful, ready for fun and surrounded by magic. When Nick and Maxine discover her little house hidden among the apartment buildings, they are determined to visit it, despite their parents' warning to stay away.

Rather than the scary witch they imagine she might be, they discover that Mrs. Noodlekugel is a sweet woman with a talking cat, mice that cook and cookies that dance.


When they confess their disobedience, they learn that their parents have also been keeping secrets. Anticipating that their kids might ignore their instructions, they figured it would be a good way to introduce them to their new babysitter!

This timeless story tells a sweet tale of what is sure to be a series of fun-filled adventures. There's even mention of the next book, Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice, expected in 2013. A great introduction to chapter books, the chapters are brief and the language is simple. The storyline, too, is very basic.

There are few background details about the characters, their ages or where they live. There is some description, but it focuses on the present moment, and does not require too much reflection. The black and white illustrations, appearing on almost every page, present friendly characters and cozy, welcoming spaces. Mrs. Noodlkugel is a safe choice for the home or classroom.

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What You Need to Know:
  • A brother and sister are in for a few surprises when they meet the old lady who lives in the little house behind their apartment building.
  • This book should appeal to both boys and girls.
  • Mrs. Noodlekugel is the first installment in a new series.
  • Daniel Pinkwater has made many appearances on public radio, often sharing his reviews of children's books.
If you liked this book, try:
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  • Mokie and Bik Go to Sea by Wendy Orr
  • The Amazing World of Stuart by Sara Pennypacker
  • Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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