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Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice Hardcover – September 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mrs. Noodlekugel
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763650544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Four farsighted mice take center stage in the second installment of the Mrs. Noodlekugel series. Along with the mice, Mrs. Noodlekugel, Mr. Fuzzface (the talking cat), and children Maxine and Nick are having tea one afternoon. When the mice make a terrible mess of their tea table, Mrs. Noodlekugel declares it’s their bad eyesight. So off they go to the oculist for a fitting of mice-sized glasses. It’s rare to find a subplot with any real substance in a short novel for younger readers. However, Pinkwater has provided one that involves the search for Mr. Fuzzface’s missing father. Clever, as always, Pinkwater’s quirky story with a touch of whimsy will amuse many readers. Grades K-2. --Martha Edmundson

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If Pinkwater’s first Mrs. Noodlekugel book didn’t persuade readers, the second one will: it’s Mrs. Noodlekugel’s matter-of-factly loopy world—we just live in it. ... Stower’s sly, sweet illustrations provide piquant punctuation for Pinkwater’s special brand of nonsense...
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Daniel Pinkwater lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
No one does deadpan nuttiness better than Daniel Pinkwater. From early readers through YA high schoolers these are books for kids with an eye on the absurd.

This book falls into a middle grade category, I think. It is informed by Pinkwater's signature narrative style - an oddly formal and restrained yet silly approach that treats even the most unusual situations as perfectly normal and unremarkable. This often has the effect of transforming the mundane, trivial or commonplace into something strange and magical.

Here, two siblings have befriended the old lady who lives in a house entirely penned in by surrounding apartment buildings. They can only get to her porch by walking through their apartment building's boiler room. Mrs. Noodlekugle has a talking cat and four farsighted bumbling mice. The kids get to visit her often and the gang goes on various urban adventures while Mrs. N. tells fantastically odd stories and makes remarkably eccentric observations. It's strange and comfortable at the same time. You will most probably wish that you could eat cheesecake with this gang at Dirty Sally's Lunchroom.

All of this works because of the characters Pinkwater favors. Regardless of the ages all of his protagonists are capable, resourceful, unflappable and mildly bemused by the situations they encounter. They are armed with keen insight. They are also curious and courageous, and completely attuned to the absurdity around them. Whether it's a piano playing talking cat, a giant chicken, a lizard musical band, a cat-whiskered girl, or an alien hamburger stand, these heroes and heroines bravely step forward to see "what the heck this is all about".

I doubt you could read a lot of these books one after the other; it would probably get to be a bit much.
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By aussiegirl on March 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
great book for young and old would recommend to all,I don't want to spoil it by telling the story, BUY IT.
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By TienTaylor on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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I received a copy of this book courtesy of Candlewick Press and netgalley.

For some reason the illustrations of the book look so familiar to me. I honestly thought this book was a series I read in my childhood, but turns out the first book of Mrs. Noodlekugel was only released a few years ago.

I round this chapter book easy to read. Children starting chapter books will find this easy and also fun to read! I love the talking animals in the book. Let the imagination of children run wild with this book.
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By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great story, up to the best Pinkwater standard. Though the voices are a little hard and difficult to keep distinct from the voices of the polar bears in two bad bears.
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