March 24, 2018

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Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss | SLJ Review

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redstarARNOLD, Tedd, Martha Hamilton, & Mitch Weiss. Noodleheads See the Future. illus. by Tedd Arnold. 48p. Holiday House. Jan. 2017. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9780823436736.

GN-Arnold-NoodleheadsSeetheFutureK-Gr 3 –The creator of Fly Guy follows up Noodlehead Nightmares with another hilarious and engaging anthropomorphic book full of wacky slapstick. Brothers Mac and Mac are the titular heroes, and, yes, they are literally pieces of pasta. They are also, well, noodleheads: the literal-minded brothers are incapable of understanding metaphor or grasping simple concepts. The humor is similar to that in the “Amelia Bedeliaseries, and youngsters will laugh knowingly at the noodleheads’ ridiculous antics as they bumble their way through to a happy conclusion. The author’s note explains the worldwide tradition of tales of fools, their use in helping children learn logical thinking, and the specific stories that inspired the noodleheads’ adventures. The cartoonish artwork captures the over-the-top feeling of the narrative perfectly. Children will doubtless ask for more titles starring the hapless brothers. VERDICT A funny and lighthearted addition to early graphic novel and beginning reader collections; fans of all things goofy will devour the noodleheads.–Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2017 issue.