Thursday, April 9, 2009

Nothing Stops Noah - Review!


BOOK: Nothing Stops Noah
AUTHOR: Shari Lyle-Soffe
ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Scott Collier
PUBLISHER: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc. (2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935137-19-1 (Print)
ISBN-10: 978-1-935137-20-7 (eBook)
RATING: 5 stars
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine

Can you imagine what might happen if a young boy is left alone in his grandfather's pet shop? Noah needs money to buy his mother a present and decides to ask his grandfather, who owns a pet store, if he could have a job. Grandpa asks him if he can count, and Noah says yes. (Noah could count to ten.) Noah's job is to count the rawhide bones in the storeroom. There were a lot more than ten, so Noah counts to ten several times and has seven left over. When he tells Grandpa that he had counted tens and had seven left over, Grandpa misunderstands and rushes out to get some more before they open.
Noah's job while Grandpa is gone is to feed the animals. But when he opens the cage to feed the mice, they dart into the kittens' cage. When he opens the kittens' cage to get the mice, two kittens spring out to the canary cage, which flies open to release the canaries, and another kitten tips over the goldfish tank. Noah opens the puppies' cage to use the water bowl to catch the fish while the kittens chase the mice, and the puppies chase the kittens. Will Noah ever be able to get all the animals back into their cages before Grandpa gets back? And what will they do with all those extra rawhide bones?
Children, especially those who love animals, will absolutely adore this exciting and suspenseful story by Shari Lyle-Soffe with the striking illustrations of Kevin Scott Collier. Any child, or adult for that matter, who has ever been involved in a series of accidental mishaps should be able to identify with Noah's plight. And most of us who have had young ones can sympathize with the fact that "problems never stop Noah." Also, parents who read the book to their youngsters, or whose youngsters read the book, may want to ask them if they can think of any connection between Noah's name and the fact that his adventures take place in a pet shop. Nothing Stops Noah is a really great children's picture book that I highly recommend.
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