From School Library Journal
Grade 2–4—In a town where everyone and everything (including poodles) is made of noodles, Noodoll is a Renaissance man. His singing and athletic abilities have made him a pop icon and the object of Ricehead's envy. Ricehead, whose town and kin are made of rice, throws a party where he kidnaps and hides the famed Noodoll, then poses as the superstar. His lack of any talent ruins the hero's reputation, until his dog, Noobuddy, reveals the trick. Noodoll then helps Ricehead find his own fame. The hectic art runs from silly (chocolate ricecream) to droll (Noodoll's costume choices for the gala range from Wonder Woman to Charlie Chaplin). Rhymed text is often waylaid by thought bubbles, such as a panda pondering, "How do you get rid of black eye circle?" A spare story, but perhaps a fun flight of fancy for reluctant readers.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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About the Author
YiYing Wang grew up in Taiwan, where she loved cartoons, collecting toys, and the Japanese "cute" culture. She moved to London to study visual communication design and developed the character of Noodoll as part of her MA studies. She has published two best-selling books on fashion as well as the unique gift books Me in My Bag and Pip Pom Pom and His Flowers (with Donna Wilson). YiYing has also made Noodoll's world a hit as clothing and gifts.