Friday, November 7, 2008

WELCOME TO GRANDPA'S PET SHOP!Noah wants to earn some money for something special, but who would hire a boy so young? Nothing stops Noah! He quickly finds someone who will give him a job and he goes to work right away. Counting is required for the job and Noah can only count to ten. Counting to ten leads to a lot of mishaps and misunderstandings, but no matter what happens Nothing Stops Noah! Chaos breaks out in the pet store. Will Noah get everything back together before the owner returns? Will Noah get paid? What is the something special Noah wants to buy? Read Nothing Stops Noah!




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BOOK: Nothing Stops Noah
AUTHOR: Shari Lyle-Soffe
ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Scott Collier
PUBLISHER: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc. (2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935137-19-1 (Print)
ISBN-10: 978-1-935137-20-7 (eBook)
RATING: 5 stars
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine

Can you imagine what might happen if a young boy is left alone in his grandfather's pet shop? Noah needs money to buy his mother a present and decides to ask his grandfather, who owns a pet store, if he could have a job. Grandpa asks him if he can count, and Noah says yes. (Noah could count to ten.) Noah's job is to count the rawhide bones in the storeroom. There were a lot more than ten, so Noah counts to ten several times and has seven left over. When he tells Grandpa that he had counted tens and had seven left over, Grandpa misunderstands and rushes out to get some more before they open.
Noah's job while Grandpa is gone is to feed the animals. But when he opens the cage to feed the mice, they dart into the kittens' cage. When he opens the kittens' cage to get the mice, two kittens spring out to the canary cage, which flies open to release the canaries, and another kitten tips over the goldfish tank. Noah opens the puppies' cage to use the water bowl to catch the fish while the kittens chase the mice, and the puppies chase the kittens. Will Noah ever be able to get all the animals back into their cages before Grandpa gets back? And what will they do with all those extra rawhide bones?
Children, especially those who love animals, will absolutely adore this exciting and suspenseful story by Shari Lyle-Soffe with the striking illustrations of Kevin Scott Collier. Any child, or adult for that matter, who has ever been involved in a series of accidental mishaps should be able to identify with Noah's plight. And most of us who have had young ones can sympathize with the fact that "problems never stop Noah." Also, parents who read the book to their youngsters, or whose youngsters read the book, may want to ask them if they can think of any connection between Noah's name and the fact that his adventures take place in a pet shop. Nothing Stops Noah is a really great children's picture book that I highly recommend.
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Illustrator Kevin Scott Collier is both author and illustrator of many books for children. He also has illustrated the books of a great many children's authors including my "Rooter and Snuffle" book series. In the Spring 2009 he will host his own television show for KICKS TV, titled "Drawing for KICKS" with the help of his son Jarod. Look for Kevin's wife, Kristen, to participate too.


#1. You can entertain your kitten and recycle at the same time. Save those cardboard tubes that are inside bathroom tissue rolls and paper towel rolls. Cats love them! Make a "paper mouse" by wadding up a quarter sheet of paper into a tight ball. Use it to play "fetch" with your kitten. Put the "paper mouse" inside of a cardboard tube and watch your kitten play with it.

#2. Open up a paper grocery bag and lay it on it's side. Toss a "paper mouse" inside and watch the fun your kitten has playing "cat and mouse".

#3. Everyday you should wash your pets water dish and refill it with fresh water. Pets need fresh water available to them at all times.

#4. Wash pet food dishes before each feeding. You wouldn't like to eat from dirty dishes and your pet won't like it either.

#5. Winter Warning: Dogs and cats should be brought inside during very cold weather. Their coats are not heavy enough to protect them in temperature extremes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008