Snoodles in Space
by Steven Joseph
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Print Length: 59 pages
Reviewed by Toni Woodruff
It’s rocket science! It’s brain surgery! It’s Snoodles in Space here to save the planet!
Sour Croodleman was a booming businessman once, responsible for providing fuel and energy to townspeople in the form of sauerkraut.
But then his brother came along—Herbie Snoodleman—the man responsible for switching the source to noodles. Now the sky is always blue, the air is always clean, and the people are always happy.
This metaphor for clean fuel is a strong one, especially when the planet turns out to be at risk by aliens dead-set on vacuuming up the planet’s noodle resources. Who is it up to to save the day? The feuding innovators themselves: Sour Croodleman and Herbie Snoodleman. Along with their nephew and niece, they travel into space by way of a super-speed pickle in efforts to save their relationship, family, and maybe even the planet.
Snoodles in Space gives young readers interested in science and space a whole bunch of fodder for entertainment, laughs, and energy. The metaphor for clean energy gets me all sorts of excited at the prospect of talking about this with kids. Not only do we get to talk about something deeply important—taking care of our planet—but they can get giddy in the goofy names and wackadoodle plotline. It also gives me much hope and happiness that Sour and Herbie find ways to mend their issues in order to look out for the planet and their family. It’s a children’s story with heart, mind, and an abundance of powerful noodles.
The book is fairly long—about 60 pages—and there are quite a few characters too, so I’d slip this one past your very little ones and instead have your fun with 4-7 year olds. There are also a lot of words on each page, which can clutter up the art and lose some of its whimsy. While I like a long children’s book, this one doesn’t always seem necessary.
Snoodles in Space will definitely fill your child’s silliness quota (for the time being). That’s a big win in my book! Unafraid to talk DooDoo in space, this book pages is bursting with humor that kids will love, and it talks about an important, graspable topic that adults will appreciate. It may be a bit long, but that means there’s more time for you and your little pal to get goofy and learn a thing or two in the process.
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