Noah's Noodles is a slippery story of food and fun for younger children, especially toddlers, preschoolers and children learning to read. As all parents know, mealtime is an adventure for kids, especially during the early years. And by adventure, I really mean an explosion of food. Written in rhyme, Noah's Noodles will appeal to any child who loves food adventures. Noah's Noodles captures one particular meal in an amusing and visually entertaining way. I wrote and illustrated this book based on true events and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.
Lee once walked 63.5 kilometers in thirteen hours. Why? Ask him. He loves to hear from readers. Past lives include working within the visual and dramatic arts landscape as a graphic designer, illustrator, visual effects artist, animator, and screenwriter. In 2005 he contributed to an Emmy award (LOST; "Pilot; Part 1 and Part 2") for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
In reality, Lee lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. In his head, he lives wherever his characters are.
Noah's Noodles tells the story of a toddler enjoying a plate of spaghetti. He ties the noodles in knots, winds them around his thumbs, and spins them like a lasso. The child's delight is clear.
The illustrations are bright, simple, and cartoonish. The zany noodles dominate each page. Noah is presented as a happy, endearing child.
The book would benefit from more variation in illustrations. Different viewpoints and composition would spark better visual interest. When "Noah throws a sticky rope to land on Daddy's head", a dramatic picture of Daddy would create tension and humor. Pictures of noodles handing from the ceiling light, the cat, or the dog would also provide a break from the pictures of Noah's face. Also, Noah's body proportions are that of an adult. This is especially apparent when he is standing and yawning.
The book is told in rhyme, a difficult style to pull off well. The pattern holds for most of the text.
"Noah loves his noodles./ He really cannot wait/ for loopy noodles/ tied in knots/ piled high upon his plate."
Unfortunately, Gabel resorts to some clumsy wording to hold the rhythm. "Tomato sauce today/ On top with lots of cheese"
It stumbles in spots.
"His dinner is all gone./ No room for dessert./ Noah sheds/ his sticky bib/ and wipes his hands/ upon his shirt!"
But, on the whole, it works well and a preschooler will find the text funny and engaging. The parents in the story are loving and patient. Almost every child enjoys spaghetti. This would be an amusing book to share with a toddler.
A digital copy was given to me for a nonreciprocal review.
Anyone who has ever raised a toddler knows kids’ fascination with messes, particularly with food. Noah’s Noodles capitalizes on this appeal to young children and details a young boy making a big mess with his plate of spaghetti. While not focusing on big moral issues or teaching essential things like colors or shapes, the book will make a good bedtime story, and I’m sure your toddler will get some giggles. But maybe that’s the problem with an adult reviewing a children’s book, the emphasis on all things educational, which sometimes just isn’t necessary. Young children will definitely enjoy this, and that’s what counts. My only suggestion for improvement would have been to have Noah carry his plate through the house (and possible soil a few more things), as this would have made for more variations in settings and pictures.