Noodle Man by April Pulley Sayre
The Pasta Superhero

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With his spaghetti-thin arms and farfalle tie, Al Dente might not look like a superhero, but never underestimate the power of pasta. It's served up with antic illustrations and outrageous puns.

Pasta is the passion of the Dente family. The business is a fresh-pasta deli, but business, frankly, is slow. The neighbors in the town of Durum are ordering pizzas, not pasta. So their son, Al Dente, has a brilliant idea: the world's first adjustable, portable, fresh-pasta maker. Unfortunately, he is no good at selling pasta door-to-door. But pasta, it turns out, is a remarkably adaptable food--ideal for catching crooks, saving children, and making heros. Served up with antic illustrations and outrageous puns, this wacky treat is sure to have children clamoring for second helpings. Never underestimate the power of pasta!
 

About April Pulley Sayre

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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than forty books for children. Along with her husband, she travels extensively to study, photograph, and videotape animals in the rain forests of Panama, Madagascar, and Ecuador. You can visit her at www.aprilsayre.com
 
Published April 1, 2002 by Orchard. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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But Al does put his machine to good use, spewing out angel-hair pasta to foil bank robbers, shooting out a ribbon of lasagna noodle to serve as a slide to save people from a burning building, squeezing out fusilli to use as springs to bounce over floodwaters.

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Aptly named Al Dente repeatedly saves his small town, not with a cape or the quickness of a speeding bullet but with the aid of durum wheat and water in Sayre's (Turtle,

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Al Dente's neighbors soon give up their favorite meal—pizza by delivery—to flock to his family's once-struggling store for Mama Dente's Powerful Pasta Sauce and Grandma Dente's Perfect Parmesan ("Sales went through the roof, and almost as fast as pasta boils, the family business was saved!").

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