"His bright side was muddy.
His high points sank low.
The grass grew much greener
in other worms’ rows.
Some days are like this.
What’s a worm gonna do?
If he is Noodle, he’ll lean on his Lou."

Noodle and Lou

Noodle is a worm who is having a very blue day. Luckily, his best friend Lou is there to help chase his blues away. This unlikely and unconditional friendship between a worm and a bird has been illustrated by Arthur Howard and was released by Beach Lane Books in Spring 2011.

Reviews and Honors:

  • “Every kid should have a friend like Lou, and Noodle and Lou’s story shows just how it can be done.” — Booklist
  • “Howard’s cartoon-style illustrations match the bouncy rhythm of Scanlons’ couplets perfectly and keep the tone light.... Even the littlest listeners can recognize how much having a good buddy can improve a bad mood.... Chirpy, instructive and fun.” — Kirkus
  • Written “in sturdy yet none-too-formal couplets with an unfaltering rhythm and gentle humor.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Featured in General Mills’ Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories campaign
  • Bankstreet's "Best Books of the Year" list, 2012

Curriculum Guide (pdf)

Video Interview on Kirkus Reviews


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