Review: Mrs. Noodlekugel

Mrs. Noodlekugel
Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Everyone knows I am the biggest Pinkwater fan. But, not of this book.

Great premise! A little old lady lives in the garden behind an apartment building that can only be accessed through the boiler room. The rest of the story feels just . . . lazy. (I am so sorry to be saying this. Lizard Music. Hoboken Chicken Emergency. The Yggyssey. Sigh.)

An old lady named Mrs. Nudelkugel should help the kids make . . . Noodle Kugel! And kasha varnishkes. And kishka. Maybe babka or mandelbrot. A tongue sandwich on deli rye with some nice steak fries. Not gingerbread mice. Sorry.

And, a talking cat who chooses to be little more than a butler? Wah.

The illustrations don’t help. Skillfully done, but an awful mismatch with the story. Bland, cutesy-pie in the most boring way and, the kids look too old for needing a babysitter.

Oh, Daniel Pinkwater, I still love you. But this will not become part of my home Pinkwater collection. I do not need a complete set.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Mrs. Noodlekugel

  1. I get it, you want a book that was written for the likes of yourself, Well, this one wasn’t, (I’m guessing you are older than 5 or 6.) Still, read the next one, Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice, and see if you feel the same way.


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