4 out of 4 stars
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What's your favorite food? Pizza? Hamburgers? Broccoli? Yuck. Well, Charli likes noodles of all shapes and sizes. Follow her noodle adventure in Oodles and Oodles of Noodley Noodles.
Written by Cindy Ninni Grant and illustrated by Katie Weaver, the first thing you'll notice is the eye-catching drawings. They are colorful and intricate. With so many details in one illustration, it's easy to stare at a page for hours finding each nuance. The many fantastic pictures make it hard to choose a favorite; however, if I were forced, I'd probably choose the swimming pool full of mac and cheese.
The font used works well with the colorful background. To create even more interest, the author uses different colors for certain words and plays around with formatting. Some words are capitalized, some are bold, and some are underlined. They also aren't always in a straight line. All this helps to capture and sustain a child's interest.
The target audience for the story is children ages two to eight. While the vocabulary is advanced, the longer words are written phonetically in the pictures for children to sound out. I found this to be clever and unique, and I don't think I've seen its like before.
Since most of the lines rhyme, this would be a fun story for families to read aloud. A word of warning, though. There is some crude humor in the story. If you don't like poop talk, you might want to skip this book. (Still, you'd really miss out on the fun. After all, we all do it.)
As the title indicates, the book is about noodles. Charli talks about each noodle and uses the correct name. At the end, there is a guide to different types of pasta. Children can learn their name, what it means, and what they look like. Not only is this educational but it also lends itself to so many different crafts. Charli even states in the book: "Noodles? Paint? Let's do some art!"
In addition to the numerous positives already discussed, the book is exceptionally well-edited. I found no errors. For this, I applaud the author and editors, as it's important to teach a child correct grammar from an early age.
Because I found no faults with the book, I rate Oodles and Oodles of Noodley Noodles 4 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend it to parents of young children as well as educators and caretakers. Other than some discussion of poop and farts, there's nothing that would be offensive. I hope to hear more from Charli in the future.
Oodles and Oodles of Noodley Noodles
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