Noodlephant won’t let this stand—Noodlephants can’t survive on sticks and branches, after all. Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. With that, the pasta parties are back! But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door… ready to enforce their unjust laws.
A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship, and one Phantastic Noodler, Noodlephant, written by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by K-Fai Steele, explores a community’s response to injustice.
11" (W) x 9" (H) • 80 pages • HCJ
PREORDERS WILL SHIP IN EARLY JANUARY 2019
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
"I love Noodlephant—brilliant & necessary, and the parable we need now." —Dave Eggers, Best-Selling Author, Editor, Publisher, and Co-Founder of 826 National
“Kramer tackles political oppression with wit, inventiveness, and a love of good food. Noodlephant the elephant is so named by her crowd of friends, who treasure her love of pasta and the way she cooks for every sort of animal—except the kangaroos, who would rather spend their time making unfair laws. Things head downhill when the kangaroos dictate that Elephants must eat only sticks and branches—enjoying pasta means time in the zoo. Throughout, sly verse interludes capture the animals’ subversive spirit: ‘The laws for elephants and shrews/ ...should be the same as those we use,/ for all you wealthy kangaroos.’ Noodlephant and her friends come up with a machine that turns everything into pasta (‘cans into cannelloni, pillows into ravioli’), but their creativity lands Elephant in the zoo. […] Graceful black ink lines and bold color wash by newcomer Steele give the story even more comic force, capturing the joy of Elephant’s parties, the bleakness of her imprisonment, and her satisfaction as she finds a way to outwit her oppressors.” —Publishers Weekly
”It’s about a noodle-loving elephant. It’s about a magic pasta machine. It’s about a community’s response to injustice. It’s 80 pages long. All that is to say it’s unlike any picture book I’ve read in a long time. And it’s great.” —Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
”This book will not only make you crave noodles asap, it’ll make you hungry to go change the world.” —The Reading Ninja, @thereadingninja
“I truly believe that the best way to engage kids with issues of inequality and justice is through story. Noodlephant manages to take on racism, police brutality, and unjust laws in a playful, thought provoking way. The illustrations are detailed and fun. We stumbled upon a reading of this book at the library, and my kids loved it. The authors are really doing something special.” —Mission Branch, San Francisco Public Library
"This story about standing up to injustice is both charming and resonant!"―Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)
”Noodlephant is a fun, wacky look at creative civil disobedience and injustice. The kangaroos are oppressive and mean, forbidding other animals from enjoying anything the kangaroos deem exclusive to their little group. The pushback is creative and silly enough to get a laugh out of readers while encouraging them to think about bullying and exclusion. Occasional verse lends a subversive air that kids will understand and appreciate: “When the laws are so unjust, misbehavior is a must!” Sometimes, you just have to break the rules. K-Fai Steele’s cartoony art is bold, bright, and loaded with noodley fun.” —Rosemary Kiladitis, Mom Read It