By Daniel Pinkwater, Illustrated by Adam Stower
Published: Candlewick (April 24, 2012)
Recommended reading age: 5-10
In a nutshell: Brother and sister, Nick and Maxine, find that if they stand in just the right place on their dresser looking out of their apartment down below, they will they will see a small little cottage surrounded entirely by highrises. After a brief investigation with Mike the Janitor, they learn it is the home of Mrs. Noodlekugel and that you can get to the backyard of her home from the boiler room of their apartment building. Once the mystery of the house was solved, Nick and Maxine are encouraged by their parents to not to visit because “she is an old lady who lives in the little house and you should not bother her.” (Knowing full and well children *always* listen to their parents), they set off to visit the house nonetheless.
From their very first encounter with the adorable little house, Mrs. Noodlekugel, and her cat Mr. Fuzzface, who can talk and play the piano, Maxine and Nick soon realize they Mrs. Noodlekugel isn’t just your every day neighbor.
A sweet, easy to follow story, with illustrations on every other page, Mrs. Noodlekugel is a simple enough chapter book that I’m currently reading it aloud one or two chapters at a time to L (two-years-old) and she is loving it. It would make for an appropriate stepping stone book for young, independent readers ready to transition towards chapter books. And it’s charming to boot!
Perfect for: Newly independent readers who like a bit of magic to their reading. Also would makes for an enjoyable nighttime read-a-loud for those not ready to take the leap towards reading solo.
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image source: mrs. noddlekugel illustration