Natalie and Naughtily Nopps live in a house that just happens to be atop Nopps Department Store, the greatest department store in the world.
For the two girls, there are nine floors full of adventures awaiting them when they get to help in the store. But there is a catch: they can only help on rainy days and that explains why these two merry-making girls love rainy days!
Twin girls as disparate in disposition as their names live atop their family’s grandiose department store. Traditionally barred from the store on sunny days, the duo is ecstatic when they awake to rainy weather. Conscious of their parents’ dictate not to play in the store, they decide to “help” instead. Kirsch’s insider perspective—he worked at a renowned department store—adds authenticity to the tale, as the girls lead readers on a comical romp through the prestigious, stuffy establishment. From the ladies donning designer dresses on the second floor to the robotic, gadget-filled fifth floor, each child demonstrates her unique take on what it means to help, with hilarious and chaotic results. The intricate, jam-packed watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations are the highlight of this work. Meticulously detailed, each page is a child’s wonderland of discovery; repeated examinations are bound to uncover some new delight. A witty and fanciful exploration of a timeless childhood fantasy. ~ KIRKUS
Twins Natalie and Naughtily live in a house on top of Nopps, the world’s greatest department store. Though they are supposed to stay out of the way on busy shopping days, they decide to go downstairs to see if they can assist the customers. Natalie appears conservative in her blue skirt and matching hair ribbon. Naughtily is a free spirit, wearing fairy wings, a clown nose, and high-top sneakers. Floors one through nine are each depicted on a two-page painting rich in whimsical detail. The story is well paced as most pages end with the girls heading to the next floor up, seeking another way to help out. Kirsch’s watercolor and graphite illustrations are a balance of bright, lively hues and dreary gray tones. The book ends with a list of Natalie’s favorite things floor by floor, which are actually hidden in the preceding pages. ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL