Rudy's Lost His Red Nose!

A Jolly Jangle Christmas Story

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2019
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Author Biography

“Have you ever had a major life-changing experience?”

I have….

I was told that I had a terminal lung disease called IPF and when I googled it I found out that life expectancy was 1 to 5 years.

I was devastated and I cried like a baby! I had beaten pancreatitis twice, I had battled breast cancer and won, now I had been told I had a terminal lung disease and there was nothing I could do about it…. That was in 2015.


Marilyn retired early, her husband retired early and as they could no longer afford to live on the small island of Jersey they had to find somewhere else to retire. They Googled where the cheapest place was to buy property – Neath! So they drew out their savings, bought a house and moved to the beautiful part of South Wales called Bridgend.

Marilyn registered with a doctor and he sent her to the hospital where they started the usual rounds of tests. Then the most amazing thing happened….

They told Marilyn in their opinion that she did not have IPF…..

They believed the damage to her lungs was due to the radiotherapy she had received after having had breast cancer in 2007!

She had been miss-diagnosed! That was in 2017.

To say she was over the moon was an understatement!! She now had all this wonderful spare time to do whatever she wanted and so her writing career began!

    Book Review

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.