With signature wit and whimsy, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater introduces an eccentric, endearing babysitter every child will wish they could have. Nick and Maxine live in a tall building with one apartment on top of ather. So when they look out their window and see a little house they never knew was there, of course they must visit (especially when their parents tell them t to!). Going through the boiler room, they re amazed to find to a secret backyard with a garden, a porch, and a statue of a cat. And they re even more amazed when that cat starts to talk. . . . Welcome to the world of Mrs. Noodlekugel, where felines converse and serve cookies and tea, vision-impaired mice join the party (but may put crumbs up their ses), and children in search of funny adventures are drawn by the warm smell of gingerbread and the promise of magical surprises.
Daniel Pinkwater is the wildly popular author of many books for children, including The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, The Big Orange Splot, and the Larry series, illustrated by his wife, Jill Pinkwater. He is well known as the co-host with anchor Scott Simon of a segment on NPR s Weekend Edition that focuses on children s books. Daniel Pinkwater lives in Hyde Park, New York. Adam Stower is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Bottoms Up! and Sing a Song of Bottoms!, both by Jeanne Willis. He lives in Brighton, England.