Sunday, January 6, 2013

Early Chapter Book Review: Mrs. Noodlekugel

Mrs. Noodlekugel

Mrs. Noodlekugel
Written by:  Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by:  Adam Stower
Published by:  Candlewick Press, 2012

* This book is aimed at the transitional reader who is past the beginning reading stages but not quite ready for large chapter books. In this book Nick and Maxine discover a little house behind their tall apartment building.  They learn about a secret door in the boiler room that leads to Mrs. Noodlekugel's house.  Here you can find a talking, standing, piano-playing cat and four far-sighted mice who like to help make cookies.  They eventually discover that Mrs. Noodlekugel will be their babysitter.

This didn't feel like a complete book to me....more like an introduction and meeting of Mrs. Noodlekugel.  The writing seemed a little awkward, with the scene between Nick and Maxine discussing their meeting with Mrs. Noodlekugel, especially sticking out in my mind.  The illustrations though were cute and abundant!

 My 6 year old daughter and I read this early chapter book together over one weekend.  As critical as I am about the book, I have to remember that it's target audience is right around my daughter's age.  For her it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. She enjoyed this book and is looking forward to reading the next book in the series Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice which comes out later this year.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

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