Mrs. Noodlekugel, Daniel Pinkwater, Candlewick, 2012
Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? The cover of this book caught my eye since it reminded me of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series that I loved in my childhood. The story is just as fun as the illustrations by Adam Stower. Mrs. Noodlekugel lives in a little house boxed in by highrise apartment buildings. Nick and Maxine decide to visit her and find a magical world with a talking cat and scampering mice that help bake. Anything, it seems, can happen with Mrs. Noodlekugel! This is a wonderful early fiction story for children just moving up from easy readers.
What didn’t you like about the book? Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be perfect for children just moving beyond the easy readers. It has short chapters, large text and lots of black and white illustrations.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it and why? I would shelf this in my “Chapter Book” area which has books for children in grades 1 – 3.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you are looking for an example of a short book filled with magic and adventure!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, The Ames Free Library, Easton
Date of review: 5/26/12