The Last Noo-Noo

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Marlon's granny thinks it's high time Marlon gives up his pacificer. "It's a noo-noo", Marlon informs her--and he has no intention of giving it up. Nothing and no one can make Marlon give up his noo-noo until Marlon decides to give up his noo-noo! With keen humor and a sure instinct for the dynamics of family life, Murphy captures a common childhood dilemma. Full color.

His grandmother thinks he is too big to have a pacifier, his mother agrees, and the other monster ...

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Overview

Marlon's granny thinks it's high time Marlon gives up his pacificer. "It's a noo-noo", Marlon informs her--and he has no intention of giving it up. Nothing and no one can make Marlon give up his noo-noo until Marlon decides to give up his noo-noo! With keen humor and a sure instinct for the dynamics of family life, Murphy captures a common childhood dilemma. Full color.

His grandmother thinks he is too big to have a pacifier, his mother agrees, and the other monster children make fun of him, but Marlon will not give up his noo-noo until he is ready.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young monster's devotion to his pacifier is frowned upon by everyone he knows. "An appropriately lighthearted look at a situation that will hit close to home for many toddlers," said PW. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Gretchen Hesbacher
Marlon is a monster who still uses a pacifier. He calls it his noo-noo. His grandmother thinks he's too old for one, but Marlon doesn't want to give it up. Even when the other monsters make fun of him, and his mother throws his noo-noo away, Marlon still isn't ready. How Marlon handles this transition is wonderfully told and illustrated in this fantastic story that children will surely enjoy. This is a definite must for any child who uses a pacifier, but would be good for any child's library. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Marlon's grandmother insists that he is much too old to use a pacifier. Eventually, his mother agrees, and confiscates his ``noo-noos.'' Marlon, however, has stashed extras throughout the house. Even the teasing of others doesn't deter him. Only after he plants a spare pacifier to grow a noo-noo tree does he decide to throw his last one away. A final two-page spread shows the tree in bloom while a contented Marlon strolls away with his harvest. Murphy's monster characters resemble dinosaurs, and they are not particularly unusual or appealing. The text refers to Marlon as a preschooler, but his size, body movements, and language development give him the appearance of an older child. Libraries with a demand for titles on this specialized topic might consider purchasing a copy. Others can skip it.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Stephanie Zvirin
Whether it's called a pacifier, a NUK, or a noo-noo, children have them, and they usually hate to give them up. Murphy, known for her funny animal takes on human family dynamics ("Five Minutes Peace", "A Quiet Night In"), comes up with a solution to the familiar battle that possibly merits serious consideration. Granny monster thinks it's time for little Marlon to give up his noo-noo. Marlon's mom is less certain but eventually agrees. Marlon refuses to cooperate--until some bullying peers make him realize what he suspected for a while: the time is right. The solution he comes up with to soften the blow of losing his old "friend" is laugh-out-loud funny. As usual, Murphy's precise illustrations are decorated with myriad homey details and familiar objects, and the dialogue and situation are straight out of real life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564025814
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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