Such fun! This book MUST be read out loud by two people, and by loud, try SHOUTING, just like the two characters Flippy and Floppy who start out by trading not-so-niceties and end up besties.

  • Title: Noodle Head! The naughty book about being nice
  • Author: Giles Andreae
  • Illustrator: Lalalimola
  • Reading level: 2-5 years
  • Date published: May 29, 2018
  • Publisher: Puffin Books, part of the Penguin Random House group of companies
  • Country: UK
  • Country printed in: China
  • Printing: FSC MIX paper from responsible sources

In the first part, the crescendo of the two characters’ barbs is matched by their bodies growing bigger in size until they’re splat in your face. In all, this is a sweet marriage of text and illustration.

The illustrations, by Lalalimola, the pseudonym for Sandra Navarro, reminds me of the Mr Men series, but with an edge. With their smudgy outlines, Flippy and Floppy also look like splotched M&Ms! Above all, Lalalimola’s deft black lines so fluidly transform each character’s reactions and responses to the other.

Author Giles Andreae needs no introduction. He’s a prolific writer of children’s picture books, and most of us would know his Giraffes Can’t Dance. In Noodle Head! Andreae’s lines are short and sweet with enough alliteration to further draw in younger readers. Such fun!