Four farsighted mice get glasses — and a talking cat solves a family mystery — as the charmingly eccentric Mrs. Noodlekugel returns. When Mrs. Noodlekugel’s four mice make a terrible mess with cookie crumbs at tea, she decides to take them on the bus to visit the eye doctor — and invites Nick and Maxine to come along! The mice ride on Mrs. Noodlekugel’s hat, while Mr. Fuzzface, her talking cat, has the indignity of riding in a carrier. Afterward, the hungry crew head to Dirty Sally’s Lunchroom, but the mice overdo their cheesecake and run out the door. Luckily a policeman is at the ready to help with the search — as is a rough-edged, yarn-spinning alley cat with a surprising connection to Mr. Fuzzface! It’s all a day in the life of Daniel Pinkwater’s whimsical characters, in a chapter-book series whose comical tone and cozy illustrations are sure to keep young readers coming back for more.
If Pinkwater's first Mrs. Noodlekugel book didn't persuade readers, the second one will: it's Mrs. Noodlekugel's matter-of-factly loopy world we just live in it. Even her babysitting charges, Nick and Maxine, now show little surprise at how life unfolds under Mrs. Noodlekugel's watch. When she announces that her four pet mice are "very farsighted" (just look at the mess they've made of teatime) and need to visit an oculist, the kids' only question is, "You want us to come with you on the bus?" Three pairs of tiny eyeglasses, four pieces of Dirty Sally's famous cheesecake (served by a monkey), and one mice escape later, Mrs. Noodlekugel's cantankerous talking cat hears the words he's been longing to hear ever since he was a kitten: "Fuzzface, I yam yer fadder." Stower's sly, sweet illustrations provide piquant punctuation for Pinkwater's special brand of nonsense, and certainly clear up any questions about how a mouse eye exam works. And is the model for that policeman who helps Mrs. Noodlekugel in her hour of need none other than Pinkwater himself? Ages 5 9.