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Noodlehead Nightmares
by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss
Tedd Arnold, Illustrator

Reinforced | 48 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823435661 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Humor, Friendship, Bedtime Stories, Making Choices
Recommendations: K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.2.1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
SL.2.1, 1b, 1c, 2, 4, 5, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 4, 4a, 4c
L.2.3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b, 5b
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

About the Book

Tedd Arnold, the guy who does Fly Guy, and renowned storytellers, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, are the creators of the Noodlehead books. Written in a comic-book style, the books will have young readers rolling on the floor, and educators rethinking their approaches to folklore.

Mac and Mac, who love pie and hate making their beds, are hollow-headed. "See in here? Nothing! Zippo! Nada!" Mac explains. In Noodlehead Nightmares, they get duped by their cousin Meatball and fooled out of their fair shares of apple pie. Slapstick humor, puns and wacky fun abound as the empty-headed duo comes up with outlandish solutions for everyday problems, such as sleeping under their beds to avoid ever having to make them again.

The hilarity continues in Noodleheads See the Future, the second book in the series.


"Endlessly wacky; fast-moving antics and incessant fretting that would make Chicken Little look mellow give this familiar topic a fresh feel."—Kirkus Reviews

"Kids moving on from early readers—especially Fly Guy fans—may want to check out NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES, Tedd Arnold’s new collaboration with Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. In a goofy graphic novel for the chapter book set, Arnold brings his bubbly artwork to a pair of silly brothers with actual macaroni noodles for heads."—School LibraryJournal, on Holiday House new book preview

Check out the in-depth "Conversation with Creators."

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does Tedd Arnold create humor in the story? How do the pictures contribute to the tone of the story? RL.2-3.4, 6, 7

2. What is a nightmare? Write about each nightmare in the story (summarize each chapter). L.2-3.4, 5/RL.2-3.2

3. Create a character web for Mac and Mac. RL.2-3.3

4. How do Mac and Mac solve their problem at the end of each story? RL.2-3.1

Educators' Guide
Noodlehead Nightmares Educator's Guide
Educator's guide with classroom discussion questions and classroom activities.