The world of Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles is as colorful as the book’s endearing illustrations, offering a gentle way for parents to start a difficult conversation with their kids.
Written by Steven Joseph and illustrated by Andy Case, Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles tells the story of an imaginary future in which cars run exclusively on noodles. Seeking to provide an alternative to cars that run on efficient but smelly sauerkraut, Herbie Snoodleman invents the SnoodleMobile. When it is widely accepted, Snoodleman also goes on to open an art museum in which the prized display is the Kidnoodle Lisa. When the painting is vandalized by the cranky, disgraced creator of the KrautMobile, many of the townspeople come together in an effort to restore it, but nothing seems to work. Having exhausted all of their options, the town’s only hope to save their beloved Kidnoodle Lisa is art restoration expert Pierre Le’Toodle’s pet poodle — Schnoodle.

Intended for children ages five to ten, the book is a fun, light-hearted story of community and change. At the heart of its premise, Case embeds a loose metaphor for alternative energy and the perils of fossil fuels. He does so, however, in such a way that doesn’t insist on any age-inappropriate political agenda and leaves parents the option to simply tell their children a cute story about noodles, poodles and more. While the book’s wordplay may grow somewhat tiresome for parents, its commitment to the recurring rhyme is impressive, somewhat funny, and sure to be enjoyable for the kids. Case’s ability to create a nearly nonsensical world that is held together by a prevailing sense of community, togetherness, and words that end in “–oodle” is, in and of itself, a reason to give the book a shot.

The book’s illustrations go a long way in further enriching the world that Joseph creates. Reminiscent of the art style found in old educational cartoons, Case’s images are filled with quite a few colors across the spectrum, making the book’s visual component as vibrant as its language. In this way, color is one of the book’s centrepieces. Perfectly in sync, the two creators work together to make colorful characters in a colorful world that uses colorful pictures and words. Although both Joseph and Case have their tongues in their cheeks, the book’s playfulness does not overshadow its hopefulness for change or its light-hearted insistence that a future in which the air is clean is just around the corner.

Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles is exactly what you expect and more; it’s an adorable account of a future in which the world’s biggest problems are easily solved by the power of community.