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This follow-up to Noodlephant is just as delightful and thought-provoking as the first book. A sly take on the evils of capitalism (or Okapitalism, if you will), Okapi Tale imagines a world in which collective resistance builds an equal and just community—with free pasta for everyone! Kids have a natural sense of what is fair and right, and this book packages its message cleverly without talking down to its audience. A perfect balance of wacky and insightful.
— Hannah DeCamp
Now that all animals have equal rights, and the Phantastic Noodler is public property, Beaston is the perfect place for pasta parties. Creatures flock from far and wide to transform string into spaghetti and pillows into ravioli. But things take a turn when a wealthy Okapi-talist sees an investment opportunity. He cuts a deal with the Mayor, buys the Noodler, and suddenly things change for the worse. With privatization come monopoly, exploitation, pollution, and poverty. As for Noodlephant, she's off in Japan and China, slurping up ramen, soba, and biang biang. What will Noodlephant's friends face as they struggle to regain their town? Will Noodlephant ever return? And how will Beaston resolve the age old question: To whom does the Phantastic Noodler belong? Read on for a tale of power, politics, and of course ... pasta.
About the Author
Jacob Kramer grew up in Providence, RI and studied film-making and writing at Harvard. Like Noodlephant, he loves hunting for mushrooms, eating noodles, and organizing with friends in pursuit of justice. He lives in Somerville, MA, where he is an arts council Fellow.