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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The Jolly Jangles are magical creatures that look like stuffed toys. But toys they are not! It’s winter and the Jolly Jangles enjoy playing in the snow. When their friend Rudolph (Rudy) the reindeer appears, they invite him to join in the fun. But he’s so sad. He’s lost his red nose. What is Rudy without his red nose? The Jolly Jangles rack their brains for creative ways to help Rudy find a red nose. They ask Robbie the Robin with his red breast to sit on his nose, but the cardinal can’t stay there all day. He has things to do. Nibbles the squirrel helps them find some red berries to place on Rudy’s nose, but they keep falling off. Each of the Jolly Jangles has an idea and, with the help of different woodland creatures, they work together to help solve Rudy’s problem.
Marilyn Cook’s picture book story, Rudy’s Lost His Red Nose! A Jolly Jangle Christmas Story, is the second book in her Jolly Jangle series. Written partly in rhyming verse with bubbles for the speaking parts and accompanied by delightful illustrations, the plot develops steadily as the Jolly Jangles work together to help Rudy solve the mystery of his missing red nose. It’s Christmas Eve and they have to work quickly to solve the problem. There are many things about this story that will not only entertain but teach young readers. Using a dyslexia-friendly font, the author has presented a story that is easy for all young readers to follow with ease. The simple language will encourage young readers to try to read along or to read alone. The ingenuity of the Jolly Jangles will encourage young readers to be creative in their problem-solving skills. And the power of working together to solve a problem is clear throughout. A charming story with lots of learning skills.