My favourite classroom canine is back in author Jonathan Meres’ second story about the world’s most adorable dog. After causing mischief at the beach in the first book, Noodle the Doodle is up to his usual antics as he gets involved in the school’s charity fundraiser and he is determined to raise the woof.
Mr. Reed has some important news to share with the children at Wigley Primary. It’s not his birthday. They’re not going to start reading a new book. There is a new arrival. At first, Samir is quiet and shy, but with a little help from Noodle the Doodle he is soon laughing and chatting to his new classmates.
Later in the day, Mr. Reed delivers more news - the children are going to put on a talent show to raise money for charity and almost everyone is excited to take part. Samir however is unsure what his talent is or whether he wants to join in. Perhaps Noodle can help out…
Anything is paw-sible when you have a confident canine by your side and Noodle and co deliver a brilliant performance that is all expertly directed by Meres and packed with fantastic illustrations by Katy Halford. Full of fun, friendship, mishaps and school life, the second book starring the entertaining and very helpful Noodle - who loves hanging out with the children of Wigley Primary -, is another tail-wagging success.
Noodle’s bubbly personality and the joy he brings to the children shines on every page. He is instrumental in helping Samir settle in to his new school and turns what can be a challenging time into a very paw-sitive experience for everyone. You cannot help but feel good when Noodle is around and even when the nervous children have a disastrous dress rehearsal it is Noodle that lifts everyone’s spirits with his mischief and ‘WOOFs’ of encouragement. As they say, the show must go on. And by the time the audience have taken their seats, the feel-good factor is in full swing; the children showing-off their incredible talents - singing, dancing, football juggling and joke-telling - before Noodle delivers his own show-stopping act.
Like the first book, which you don’t need to have read to enjoy this one, it is an absolute joy to spend time with Noodle who I guarantee will bring smiles to everyone. You’d be barking mad to miss out on this kind of fun! It is paw-some!
With huge thanks to Barrington Stoke for this fantastic story that is produced using dyslexic friendly font and page tint ensuring a read that is accessible to every reader.
Recommended for 8+.