Sooo, you’ve got that new pet you always wanted! But it comes with its own set of pet problems. Perhaps it has accidents on the floor or steals your slippers and turns them into shapeless clumps of fluff.
But if you’re Sophia, well, she has bigger problems. Because she’s got a larger-than-life pet.
She has giraffe-size problems. Kids can already see that the laundry has been trashed by that extra long neck. But that’s not the problem that’s bugging everyone.
It’s his tongue.
“When Noodle kissed you, his eyelashes danced a little fluzzle,
then his nose swooped in for a nuzzle, and then….”
He goes in for the slurp on Grand-mamá. Ewwwwwww.
And Noodle snores. When Noodles sleeps, no one else can. And a family that doesn’t sleep is an unhappy one.
The verdict comes from Mom:
“Noodles is guilty of robbing this family,” she said, “of sleep! I hereby order you to find a perdurable solution to his problems.”
Yes, you read that right. Perdurable. Permanent. Forever.
Grand-mamá suggests sending him back.
Father argues that
“Noodle’s benefit to this family is far outweighed by his costs, which are fixed and perpetual.”
Yes, you read that right. Perpetual. Permanent. Forever.
Grand-mamá says send him back! Oh, no!
But Sophia is one determined girl. She does not rest until she creates what can only be described as the giraffe version of a C-Pap mask. Is it just me, or is this hilarious? Perhaps I’m sleep-deprived because I, too, live with someone who snores loud enough to shake the foundation.
In any case, even Grand-mamá is won over by this solution (and by Noodle’s kisses) in the end. Because after all, Noodle is family.
You know it, right? Once you get that pet home, there’s no taking it back.
Giraffe facts (including the fact that giraffes really do snore) play important roles in the story’s development, facts that are creatively displayed on the opening page end papers.
And the last page contains a glossary of all the big words used in the story. Kids will get a kick out of saying these words, including “ossicones,” the horn-like protrusions on a giraffe’s head.
Love the vibrant water color and colored pencil illustrations, the multi-racial family, and the fact that this book assumes that ridiculous is normal, as some of the best picture books often do.