#153 – Stubby Pencil Noodlehead by Kevin White

 5 Stars

Back Cover:  When Stubby Pencil Noodlehead is forced to stand in front of his class to explain why he is late for school every day, the resulting tale is more than the teacher bargained for.  Stubby’s story of pirates, pygmies, mastodons, and more, turns classroom order to chaos, and has yhe teacher begging for him to stop.

Stubby Pencil Noodlehead is late for class once again.  The teacher, fed up with his tardiness, punishes Stubby by making him tell the entire class why he is always late.  Stubby turns things around by telling a whopper of a tale.

The main reason Stubby is always late are the surprise visitors who arrive in the mornings while he is trying to get ready for school.  Stubby tries to get the visitors to leave but is never very successful.  First, a dragon arrives, then pirates who make him walk the plank.

Stubby’s bath is invaded, his breakfast eaten, but not by Stubby.  When he finally leaves for school, wouldn’t you know it, there was a hippopotamus stuck in the door.

The teacher goes from being in control and commanding, to tearing out her hair, and  fitted for a straightjacket.

The story is funny and celebrates the imagination of childhood.  The illustrations add ten-fold to the story, which is written  in rhyming verse that loses its cadence only once or twice .

When reading Stubby Pencil Noodlehead, make a point of looking closely at the illustrations.  There are little surprises on most pages.  Stubby’s eye-patched dog (Lucy),* tries to take on the dragon, and becomes fearful for Stubby, while watching him try to lose a game of checkers against a giant condor known for its temper.

The teacher’s frustration with Stubby, as he stands on her desk, causes the perfectly round, red apple to fall onto the floor, right in front of a hang-in-there-cat poster.

I really enjoy this book.  Stubby Pencil Noodlehead makes a wonderful bedtime story or afternoon pick-me-up.  The illustrations are the best part of this picture book.  At one point, while not a part of the text at any time, a goldfish in a small bowl laughs at the situation playing out in front of him.

Special touches such as the goldfish, ups the humor, and guarantees your child will be right beside you, as you read Stubby Pencil Noodleheadmany times over.

Stubby Pencil Noodlehead is what a picture book should be:  captive, imaginative, and original.  Kids of all ages will adore this book by brothers Kevin and Rex.  I do not keep the great majority of books reviewed here, but this one I would love to have on my shelf.

*Lucy is not Stubby’s dog.  She belongs to the illustrator.

Illustrations courtesy Chimeric Press & illustrator Rex White

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Stubby Pencil Noodlehead

Author:  Kevin White   blog
Illustrator:  Rex White   website
Publisher:  Chimeric Press   website
Release Date:  April 26, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-9847122-1-2
Number of Pages:  32
Ages: 4 +
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Kevin and Rex White's next picture book is called Chasing Watermelons. .To help them get the book to print goto either Indiegogo or Kickstarter. ..

Here is the book trailer for Chasing Watermelons. I hope to.. review this soon.
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