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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Summary: What are “noo-noos”? Basically, anything that a small child can cuddle to keep them company, make them feel safe and comfortable. A blankie, a stuffed animal, a pacifier. Here we are presented with illustrations of small children/babies cuddling with their various noo-noos, with sweet, content expressions on their faces. This is an oversized picture book that celebrates a child's lovey.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Reading Level: 0.5
Age of Child: Read with two boys (ages 18 months and 3 years old).
Young Reader Reaction: My kids were very neutral on this book. However, my 3 year old kept it in his stack of books to page through during some down time.
Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are adorable, fun, and well-suited to the target age. I was not a huge fan of this book specifically for my family. First, there’s a cultural element: we don’t use the term “noo-noo.” (I think this book was originally published in the UK.) My kids did not take to a lovey or pacifier or stuffed animal for long, so it was not intuitive to relate to, both from my children’s perspective and as a parent trying to get my child into the material. I also did not want to instill a “regression” in my older children, to pick up the habit of needing a soothing object when they were fine dealing with life without one. However, IF your child is attached to a lovey, and you are supportive of this need, this would be a darling book for them. I would just recommend mentally switching the word “noo-noo” to your own word for this sort of object: lovey, pacy, blankie, friend, etc.
I would also recommend this book only to SMALLER children (under 2 years), and to give as a gift ONLY when you know that child well enough to know their special attachment.
Pros: This is a book with sweet illustrations. The sturdiness of the board book will let toddlers explore it on their own.
Cons: The term "noo-noo" may not work in your family.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that you might read a few times, and it will only be well received if the concept of a "lovey" is already familiar in your family.
Educational Themes: This is a book to share with your child. They may find it comforting, and it can help them learn how to listen to books. This book is printed on heavy duty cardstock and laminated, so the pages are thicker (sturdier!) than standard book pages but thinner than board book pages. It makes for a great compromise for infant handling and gives them the opportunity to learn how to use a book by turning the pages themselves.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.