Original, witty, and insightful… A charmer.
Crankiness is in full swing, wreaking havoc on people’s lives. When Herbie Snoodleman invents the SnoodleMobile, a car powered by noodles, happiness begins to spread its wings. But Sour Croodleman, the creator of the once-popular Kraut Mobile, hates the invention and seeks revenge on Herbie. Will he succeed? Joseph uses sauerkraut as a metaphor for crankiness, making it easy for young readers to understand the unpopularity of Sour Croodleman, and in doing so he implants a seed of a great idea—how irritability gets in the way of happiness—within a rollicking, entertaining narrative. The book’s theme is sober, but Joseph’s keen sense of humor keeps the story lighthearted and fun. The skillfully composed and wonderfully effective bright illustrations buzz with lively detail, bursting with wacky close-ups and character-building moments. Both text and art complement each other perfectly. The book is a clever primer on how crankiness affects people in general and how it can be managed by following some simple steps. A winner.
Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles
Pub date May 3, 2022
Price $16.95 Hardcover