Book Review | Poodles, Noodles and Snickerdoodles
Author: Kathy L. Raunikar
Illustrator: Ingrid M. Raunikar
This book is a difficult one for me to review. I had really high hopes for it. I loved the idea of a book that taught little kids the importance of eating healthy and the consequences of when they don’t, but I don’t think this book presents the message very well.
When I first pulled out the book I read it out loud to my two daughters. It was extremely awkward. The pentameter was really rough. One page it would be perfect and the next I would be stumbling over my words or cut short when I expected there to be a few more words in the sentence. It may not have meant to have been written with any sort of pentameter in mind, but because there are so many smooth paragraphs it just makes the awkward ones stand out.
The message also felt more for an adult. The puppies only ate the food that was given to them until the adult poodles decided that enough was enough, THEN the puppies diet improved. The only thing I can imagine a child to take out of this is to tell their parents to buy healthier food, which they aren’t going to do.
A parent reading this book to their child may walk away a little more enlightened, but a child is just going to see that the puppies got to eat whatever they wanted until their parents finally said no.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*