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Mrs. Noodlekugelby Daniel Manus Pinkwater
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With signature wit and whimsy, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater introduces an eccentric, endearing babysitter every child will wish they could have.
Nick and Maxine live in a tall building with one apartment on top of another. So when they look out their window and see a little house they never knew was there, of course they must visit (especially when their parents tell them not to!). Going through the boiler room, theyre amazed to find to a secret backyard with a garden, a porch, and a statue of a cat. And theyre even more amazed when that cat starts to talk. . . . 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.
"Not long after siblings Nick and Maxine move into a new high-rise home, they discover that right behind their building, surrounded by skyscrapers, is a tiny, incongruously idyllic cottage. With help from Mike the janitor (who 'sat in a little room in the basement, eating stewed tomatoes out of a can, talking to himself, and listening to the radio'), they make their way to the cottage. Mrs. Noodlekugel is grandmotherliness personified, with white hair, a dotted apron, a Mrs. Claus face, and a penchant for baking gingerbread. What's more, she's at least a little magical, having trained her cat, Mr. Fuzzface, to talk and some farsighted mice to help out in the kitchen. Stower's (Snowball Fight!) illustrations have an old-fashioned sweetness, while Pinkwater, ever the effortless storyteller, adds just enough bite with his signature deadpan, loopy humor. Much like Grace Lin in Ling & Ting, 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. Ages 5 — 10. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Arena Illustration." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is the wildly popular author of many books for children, including The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, The Big Orange Splot, and the Larry series, illustrated by his wife, Jill Pinkwater. He is well known as the co-host with anchor Scott Simon of a segment on NPRs Weekend Edition that focuses on childrens books. Daniel Pinkwater lives in Hyde Park, New York.
Adam Stower is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Bottoms Up! and Sing a Song of Bottoms!, both by Jeanne Willis. He lives in Brighton, England.
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