IN ``Wuggie Norple,'' a children's book by Daniel Pinkwater, a family gets a kitten that grows to be larger than a barn. Seven months ago, our family acquired the canine Wuggie Norple.
Funny-man Pinkwater takes us on another ride, this time in the versatile Tooth-Gnasher Superflash with Mr. and Mrs. Popsnorkle and the five little Popsnorkles. But if the silly names recall The Wuggie Norple Story, we're not done in by them here. The Tooth-Gnasher does perform. Specifically, after Mr. Popsnorkle takes the wheel of the Superflash from car salesman Mr. Sandy, the car turns into a dinosaur, an elephant, and then a giant turtle. When Mr. Sandy says uneasily, ""This is not the way the Tooth-Gnasher Superflash is supposed to behave,"" Mr. Popsnorkle answers that the only other thing he'd like the car to do is turn into a huge chicken and fly. And so it does, obligingly, as Mr. Popsnorkle pushes yet another button. Satisfied with the purchase, Mr. P. remarks on the way home, ""It's a nice car all right. But it can't do half the things our good old Thunderclap Eight could do."" Mrs. Popsnorkle, playing the role she would in a mindless car commercial, can only comment repeatedly on the car's lovely color. Kids will have no trouble recognizing the whole outing as part spoof, part whimsy, and more fun than most knobs and buttons provide.
|Title: The Wuggie Norple Story|
Author(s): Tomie dePaola, Daniel Manus Pinkwater
ISBN: 0-02-774670-4 / 978-0-02-774670-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
Availability: Amazon UK Amazon CA
Molly Strauss is a speech-language pathology graduate student at Northwestern University (MS, expected 2016). She earned her BA in human biology at Scripps College where she also began working with children with autism at the Claremont Autism Center. Molly spent six years as an ABA therapist in Boulder, Colorado and London, England, working with children with autism as well as other developmental and behavioral disorders. Molly has worked on interdisciplinary intervention teams, which included speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and developmental psychologists. Her interaction with these teams, as well as specific interest in language and communication development in the ASD population motivated her to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Witnessing the incredible impact that communication intervention can have on a child and their family has inspired Molly to work toward furthering understanding of the best evidence-based intervention for children with communication impairments and delays. This month Molly’s:
Favorite children’s book is: The Wuggie Norple Story
Favorite toy is: Moon Sand
I’m a huge fan of Tomie De Paola’s stories (especially Strega Nona) and his illustrations as well, so I’m excited to check out TheWuggle Norple Story.