Sunday, February 26, 2012
Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater
Nick and Maxine aren't thrilled about moving into an apartment building. There's no place to play outside and nothing to do. But that was before they found the door in the boiler room...
Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read an ebook of this story for review (thank you). It will be published March 13, so check with local bookstore to get a copy.
This is a fun fantasy story for middle school grades. When Nick and Maxine find that there is a yard and house down in the middle of the surrounding apartments, they want to go visit. The maintenance man tells them how to get there and advises them not to tell their parents. A secret is fun!
Imagine when the cat talks to them and they actually meet Mrs. Noodlekugel, an old white haired lady that likes to bake. Things are unusual in her house. Gingerbread mice come to life! It's so much fun they don't even notice the passage of time and are almost late getting home.
Mr. Pinkwater writes a light story with lots of action and silly characters and it's fun to read. If you have a child who likes make believe, they will love this book.