Noodles & Albie

It all started in March, 2013 when my daughter Rose asked me to read my "Penguin and The Fish" story to her kindergarten class for their Thursday afternoon story time.  When I was done reading, I looked up and to my surprise I received a standing ovation, or at least I thought they were standing, it was l a kindergarten class after all.  But, when parents began to ask for copies, I knew the kids loved it.   Long story short, I found a wonderful illustrator in my friend Liz Bannish, and via a friend was introduced to an editor at a vanity publisher (Small Batch Books), and in less than a year Noodles & Albie was published, followed  in 2016 by Noodles' & Albie's Birthday Surprise and in 2018 Noodles' & Albie's Mermaid Parade 
Noodles & Albie is the tale of a young penguin named Noodles and his very  first time at sea, and his adventures after getting lost in the vast Southern Ocean.  Since its release in 2014, this charming, fun story of courage and friendship has received nothing but wonderful reviews from print and on-line media, a Silver Mom's Choice Award, as well being beloved by local teachers, librarians and of course lots of kids.  The book is set against a backdrop of 14 beautiful watercolor illustrations by Liz Bannish that help bring the story to life. 

In 2014 Noodles & Albie won a Silver Mom's Choice Award

Reviews for Noodle's & Albie

Noodles & Albie is a delightful book about penguins, friendship, and growing up that will be enjoyed by children of all ages. The charming illustrations bring the many adventures of Noodles to life. And, while following Noodles' escapades, children will also be learning about actual Emperor penguin biology and behavior. Two flippers up for Noodles & Albie!

Dyan deNapoli
Penguin expert & award-winning author

Who doesn't love penguins? Kids of all ages will fall head over flippers for Noodles and his undersea adventure with his fishy friend Able! Charmingly illustrated with beautiful, detailed watercolors by Liz Bannish.

Michael Chesworth
Award winning illustrator & author

Liz Bannish's watercolor illustrations delight in Noodles & Albie's sheer cuteness. A sweet, fun story by Eric Bennett of penguins and friendship.

Gersh Kuntzman
New York Daily News

Eric Bennett has written a very nice story about a young penguin growing but fearful about learning to swim. When he finally takes the plunge, he meets Albie who becomes a lifelong friend and confidant. I believe you will see friendship bloom and also the concept of overcoming one's fear of doing something

Dad For Divas
Top 500 Children's Book Reviewer

Children's books need story, information, humor, and illustrations. 'Noodles & Albie' puts all of those factors to good use.  Kids and adults will appreciate the information about penguins that follows the story, as well as the humor and creativity displayed throughout.

Tinky Weisblat
Greenfield Recorder

Noodles & Albie - Beautiful story and great illustrations make this a wonderful children's book.

Orchard Forsythia
Children's Book Reviewer & Blogger

Reviews for Noodles' & Albie's Birthday Surprise

Kirkus Reviews

When a penguin receives a compass for his birthday, he gets the chance to help a lost Kris Kringle.  The enchanting prospect of birthday, undersea amusement park, and helping Santa has great appeal, even when Noodles must (temporarily) give away his compass. Reardon’s soft pastel illustrations are charming, capturing the playful, dynamic spirit of the characters. Beautiful illustrations, plus birthday and Christmas together—fun.

This is a cute story of penguins, friendship, and a dash of magic, which is sure to warm even the most frozen mood.

Publishers Weekly

Bennett and Reardon both get in some good jokes: Santa describes how his new GPS system’s incessant instructions led him to go off-course, and during a visit to an underwater amusement park, Albie and Noodles take a spin on the Octowhirl ride, an actual octopus. Readers will get a kick out of the animals’ obliviousness to all things Christmas.  A lighthearted Q&A with Albie—featuring questions about the Antarctic, how compasses work, and more—rounds out this warm friendship story.

Gersh Kuntzman, New York Daily News

This second Noodles & Albie is another sweet, fun story of penguins and friendship for the holidays, birthdays and everyday.

Noodles’ and Albie’s Birthday Surprise takes readers on a wonderful adventure with a delightful cameo the reader doesn’t see coming.

Mom's Choice Awards

We are happy to award deserving books like 'Noodles' And Albie's Birthday Surprise'. Our panel of judges really felt this heartwarming book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Noodles' & Albie's Mermaid Parade

Here's What Teacher's and Librarians Are Saying About Noodles & Albie

"As a teacher, I think that this book is incredible! Set under the sea, this tale about friendship is great to read with a classroom full of children. There are plenty of characters (all different species of underwater animals), so it is easy to keep a lot of kid's attention with the use of different voices. There aren't any scenes that are truly scary, and there are several lessons to be learned, such as bravery, learning, trust, and friendship. There are so many activities to do with children that go along with/expand upon the story. I was able to write a lesson plan that fully encompassed all eight different intelligence's, and all four different types of learners. BUY THESE BOOKS! Give them to friends, family, or teachers! Everyone is sure to love them!"
Erica Sanders - Teacher, Worchester Massachusetts

Eric Bennett's Noodles & Albie books are creative, fun and interesting. His presentation and interaction with the audience made this entire event enjoyable for everyone. I look forward to his return when his next book is released!
Kathy Bort - Librarian, Otis Public Library, Otis, Mass

My students had a blast when Eric Bennett came to read “Noodles' & Albie's Mermaid Parade” at our school. He knows so much about penguins! We really enjoy the other Noodles and Albie books in our classroom too. They are beautifully written and illustrated and have wonderful messages.
Andrea Olkin, Teacher, Lander Grinspoon School, Northampton, Mass

"This is a wonderful story about friendship and growing up. The illustrations are a perfect compliment to the storyline and the illustrator's talent shines on every page."
Jude McGowan - Head Children's Librarian, Forbes Library

I was very excited to learn that Eric was writing a second story of these two charming and unusual friends. This book is a beautiful story of friendship. The illustrations are captivating. I love reading this story to my kindergarten children. They are a melting pot of many different cultures who bring lively discussions about similarities and differences, and how we are all friends regardless of our backgrounds. I highly recommend this book and look forward to #3.
Sandy Nathan - P.S. 31 Queens NY

We read Noodles & Albie - the kids could totally relate - as we talked about who takes swim lessons, and who could swim like Noodles. We liked the question / answer section at the back. It helped with our facts about penguins.
Bonnie Sucart - Beth Yeshurun Teacher, Houston, TX

It was wonderful to have Eric visit our library and share Noodles and Albie with the students. He was a dynamic reader and an enthusiastic presenter, and the students learned a lot about the writing process and how to turn an idea into a book. Eric was a pleasure to work with and was reliable, flexible and fun. The students got so much out of his visit (and even learned how to draw a penguin!). Eva Platt -
Librarian Presumscot Elementary, Portland, Maine

We had a wonderful author visit from Eric! Our students were delighted and captivated by the stories and illustrations in the books that were read to them. Eric spoke to our students about different species of penguins and their habitats. He even brought his collection of stuffed penguins so the kids could visually see the different appearances penguins have. We all thoroughly enjoyed hearing how the creations of Eric’s books evolved.
Ursula Thompson, Crown Point Elementary School, Ticonderoga NY