Noodle Magic

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated By Meilo So

Orchard Books
December 2014

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2014000006

Lexile measure: AD570L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M



Grandpa Tu is famous for his special noodles, and as the emperor's birthday approaches, he teaches his granddaughter, Mei, the family trade. Mei struggles to find the magic needed to make noodles. Ultimately, she finds the magic--and the ability to succeed--within. Mei doesn't just make noodles--her magic noodles in varied shapes and sizes rain down from the sky!

NOODLE MAGIC is written in the style of a Chinese folk story, with engaging cultural and community aspects. The family connection that's at the heart of the story has universal appeal. The grandfather and granddaughter work together to accomplish what one could not do alone. Meilo So, whose BRUSH OF THE GODS received four starred reviews, brings the story to life with beautiful, breathtaking illustrations.
Meilo So

Meilo So was born in Hong Kong, packaged in England, and domiciled in the Shetland Islands. She enjoys working with a variety of methods, media, and subjects. She is also the illustrator of BRUSH OF THE GODS, WATER SINGS BLUE, ALEX THE PARROT, and THE 20TH CENTURY CHILDREN'S POETRY TREASURY. For more information, go to
Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Roseanne Greenfield Thong lived in Asia for more than fifteen years and currently lives in Southern California. She is the author of more than a dozen picture books, including ROUND IS A MOONCAKE, RED IS A DRAGON, and WISH. Visit her online at


  • Praise for BRUSH OF THE GODS (written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Meilo So)
    *"Stunning ... artwork brings to life ancient China." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    *"The richly colored artwork is stunning in both its scope and particulars; inky calligraphy brushstrokes accent people and place." --BOOKLIST, starred review

    Praise for WATER SINGS BLUE (written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Meilo So)
    *"So's watercolor spreads are supple and filled with life ... the evocative descriptions and images echo and linger." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    Praise for ROUND IS A MOONCAKE: A BOOK OF SHAPES (written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin)
    "Thong cleverly uses a concept book to celebrate Chinese culture. ... Tipping its hat to both the melting pot and ethnic pride, this makes an enchanting primer for children of all backgrounds." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545521673

32pp. | 8 x 10