Mrs. Noodlekugel

by Daniel Pinkwater

Other authorsAdam Stower (Editor)
Paperback, 2013



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Candlewick (2013), Edition: Reprint, 80 pages, $5.99 (Jan. 2018)


Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: With signature wit and whimsy, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater introduces an eccentric, endearing babysitter every child will wish they could have. Nick and Maxine live in a tall building with one apartment on top of another. So when they look out their window and see a little house they never knew was there, of course they must visit (especially when their parents tell them not to!). Going through the boiler room, they're amazed to find to a secret backyard with a garden, a porch, and a statue of a cat. And they're even more amazed when that cat starts to talk. . . . Welcome to the world of Mrs. Noodlekugel, where felines converse and serve cookies and tea, vision-impaired mice join the party (but may put crumbs up their noses), and children in search of funny adventures are drawn by the warm smell of gingerbread and the promise of magical surprises..… (more)


Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 2014)

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80 p.; 5.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member StephanieWhite
Mrs. Noodlekugel is a great beginning chapter book with lots of supporting illustrations. The story has a Mary Poppins feel as Nick and Maxine get to know their new babysitter...none other than Mrs. Noodlekugel, who happens to have a cat who can bake and mice who join in the fun at tea
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time. This one will show up in stores sometime this month, so keep an eye out if you have a reader who's ready to move into chapter books! Thanks @Candlewick Press for the Advance Review Copy!

Personal Reaction:
Mrs. N is the babysitter we all wish we'd had back in the day! It is so easy to fall into her world and the possibilities of having our own talking cat.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Of course my class would have to bake gingerblobs (without the mice helping, of course).
2. I also love the contrast of the tall highrise apartments and Mrs. Noodlekugel's home. I think we could do some artwork that emphasized the contrasting lines between those verticle lines and Mrs. N's friendly, inviting house.
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LibraryThing member amanda.h
Summary: This story is about two adventurous children that spot a house behind their apartment building. They become very curious about the building and after some investigating, they find out the house belongs to an elderly lady, Mrs. NoodleKugel. They are told to stay away from her and not to
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bother her. They assume that it’s because she’s mean, but they sneak off to her house anyways. Once they are they find out that they were wrong about Mrs.Noodlekugel. Soon though they find do find the sweet older lady to be a bit odd, when they find out her cat talks and she feeds mice cookies and tea. At the end of the book, they find out that Mrs. NoodleKugel is there soon to be nanny. They are very excited about the news.

Personal reaction: This book was very cute. It was even funny and entertaining at times. Something negative that stuck out to me was that the children disobeyed their parents quite a bit, and they were never got in trouble for it. I think children would pick up on that and maybe leave the story with that negative idea.

Classroom extension:
1) This story would be great for teaching children not to make assumptions, as they children did to Mrs. NoodleKugel in the book.
2) This would also be great for introducing fantasy to children. There have many aspects in the story that are both real and fantasy, I think it would be fun to have the children guess which some of the aspects fall under.
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LibraryThing member purplethings
What's not to like with a name like Noodlekugel? A short early chapter book, Mrs. Noodlekugel is a Mary Poppin's like babysitter who lives in a tiny house hidden among the towering apartment buildings of the big city. Adventures include tea served by a talking cat, Mr. Fuzzface and making
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gingerbread cookies with farsighted mice. Kids will enjoy the short chapters and the off-the-wall humor.
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LibraryThing member ferrisscottr

I expect so much more from Daniel Pinkwater. I am not the target audience (beginning readers) but there was just so much potential in this book that I kept waiting, turning the pages and waiting for some of that Pinkwater magic AND it just never came.

Illustrations were amazing,
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characters were great, diaglogue was akin to the old Dick and Jane books, plot was almost non-existent (which is not a bad thing in a Pinkwater book).

An average book but when compared to the greatness of other Pinkwater books this was a disappointment.
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LibraryThing member Lschwarzman
What’s not to love about Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking cat and farsighted mice! Nick and Maxine wander into her yard behind their big apartment building and the adventures begin. This is a great story for elementary kids. They will love the antics of Mr. Fuzzface and the others. I highly
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recommend this story!
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LibraryThing member K_Rodriguez
This is a fun and wacky addition to the collection of books written from the great imagination of Daniel Pinkwater. Nick and Maxine happen to find Mrs. Noodlekugel's backyeard, and even though they were told by their parents to not go and disturb Mrs. Noodlekugel, they still went. Once they were
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there, she invited them in and they get to meet an awesome talking cat. They have some fun making a few cookies, and they also get to meet some mice. Once they go back home, they are told by their parents that Mrs. Noodlekugel was going to be their new babysitter, which they were really happy to hear.
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½ (20 ratings; 3.9)
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