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 Mrs. Noodlekugel and drooly the bear (Mrs. Noodlekugel)
 Author: Pinkwater, Daniel Manus

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 88 p., ill., 19 cm.

 BTSB No: 719121 ISBN: 9780763666453
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Babysitting -- Fiction
 Bears -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In a loopy third episode, Nick and Maxine are surprised to meet Captain Noodlekugel, back from the sea with a somewhat untrainable bear.

 Illustrator: Stower, Adam
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 176699

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/15)
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)
   Booklist (05/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Fans of Mrs. Noodlekugel's delightfully wacky and whimsical world will rejoice in Pinkwater's newest offering. The latest installment welcomes new characters Drooly Bear along with Captain Noodlekugel, Mrs. Noodlekugel's "mister" who is usually "lost at sea." During a rare stint on land, the captain treks home and declares that he has given up a life on the water in the hopes of becoming an animal trainer. Young neighbors Nick and Maxine spend a whole four days in Mrs. Noodlekugel's care—their father is competing in the speed-knitting world championship and their mother is going along—and they tag along with the captain as he attempts to train Drooly. Antics and hilarity ensue as readers follow Nick, Maxine, and the captain on their journey to train the bear, all the while grappling with Drooly nodding off and wandering away during training. Readers should know that the captain acquired Drooly (along with a canoe) from an "Inuit fellow" while shipwrecked on a piece of flotsam. The Inuit man takes a great liking to the captain and explains that he is poor and has difficulty feeding the bear, who also fights with his husky dogs. The inclusion of this unfortunately stereotyped character is both odd and unnecessary. Readers encounter the Inuit man only in this brief scene. After trading the bear to the captain for a "Mexican dollar," a gold watch, and a fish, the Inuit man paddles away on a piece of driftwood. VERDICT Pinkwater presents another silly glimpse into the world of Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking cats and mice, but here's hoping the archaic stereotypes get lost at sea in the next installment.—Amy M. Laughlin, Darien Library, CT - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2015 Nick and Maxine return with Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking animals in another zany episode. The children’s father is competing in a speed-knitting contest, and therefore, they must stay overnight with Mrs. Noodlekugel. All is well until directionally challenged Captain Noodlekugel returns from being “lost” at sea. Drooly the Bear is along for the ride, causing mayhem in the garden and drooling too much. Abundant descriptions and eccentric humor showcase Pinkwater’s considerable ability to entertain. The amusing line drawings support the story. Fans will be lining up for this one. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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