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Title:
Noodlephant / Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele.
ISBN:
9781592702664
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Brookly, NY : Enchanted Lion Books, 2019.
Physical Description:
1 volume : color illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm
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Famous for her pasta parties, Noodlephant is shocked when the law-loving kangaroos decide noodles are only for them! Noodlephant won’t let this stand--Noodlephants can’t survive on sticks and branches, after all. Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. With that, the pasta parties are back! But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door… ready to enforce their unjust laws. A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship, and one Phantastic Noodler, Noodlephant, written by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by K-Fai Steele, explores a community’s response to injustice.
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Famous for her pasta parties, Noodlephant is shocked when the law-loving kangaroos decide noodles are only for them!
Noodlephant won't let this stand--Noodlephants can't survive on sticks and branches, after all. Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. With that, the pasta parties are back! But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door... ready to enforce their unjust laws. A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship, and one Phantastic Noodler, Noodlephant, written by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by K-Fai Steele, explores a community's response to injustice.


Author Notes

Jacob Kramer grew up in Providence, RI and studied film-making and writing at Harvard. Like Noodlephant, he loves hunting for mushrooms, eating noodles, and organizing with friends in pursuit of justice. He lives in Somerville, MA, where he is an arts council Fellow.

K-Fai Steele grew up in a house built in the 1700s with a printing press her father bought from a magician, and she's been writing and drawing books ever since. She's made drawings for Chibitronics, the Reykjavik Grapevine, MIT Media Lab, School Library Journal, Philly Weekly, the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, and more. K-Fai is the 2018 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship. Noodlephant, publishing in 2019, is her first book with Enchanted Lion. Other forthcoming titles include A Normal Pig (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins) and Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape with Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan (Fall 2019). www.k-faisteele.com


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Kramer tackles political oppression with wit, inventiveness, and a love of good food. Noodlephant the elephant is so named by her crowd of friends, who treasure her love of pasta and the way she cooks for every sort of animal-except the kangaroos, who would rather spend their time making unfair laws. Things head downhill when the kangaroos dictate that Elephants must eat only sticks and branches-enjoying pasta means time in the zoo. Throughout, sly verse interludes capture the animals' subversive spirit: "The laws for elephants and shrews/ ...should be the same as those we use,/ for all you wealthy kangaroos." Noodlephant and her friends come up with a machine that turns everything into pasta ("cans into cannelloni, pillows into ravioli"), but their creativity lands Elephant in the zoo. The story's casual disregard for narrative logic-why not just buy eggs and flour if you're going to break the law?-will baffle some readers and charm others. Graceful black ink lines and bold color wash by newcomer Steele give the story even more comic force, capturing the joy of Elephant's parties, the bleakness of her imprisonment, and her satisfaction as she finds a way to outwit her oppressors. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.