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Meet Sour Croodleman from Snoodles in Space by Steven Joseph #kidlit #scifi #booksforkids #interview

Hello. My name is Sour Croodleman, deli man, restaurateur, and inventor. I created the Krautmobile, which ran solely on sauerkraut. Unfortunately, that business crashed because of my no good brother Herbie Snoodleman, who invented the Snoodle that ran on noodles. But my greatest invention is introduced in this book! It is the Prickly Peppered Purple Propulsion Powered Pickle, and it allows us to travel in space ten times the speed of light!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Eating a pastrami chopped liver sandwich on rye bread that I have as a specialty at my restaurant the Wiener Shnoodle Café!

What is your greatest fear?

A kid trick or treating on Halloween dressing in a Sour Croodleman outfit! Not funny!!

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

You know that macaroni and cheese ice cream store “Smac the Cheese”? I confess. I am addicted, and go there every day for a triple scoop on a noodle cone! It is no good for my waistline. My doctor tells me to cut down to one scoop every other day.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I need a new wardrobe. That illustrator, Andy Case, always draws me in the same bus driver outfit! I am not a bus driver! And can you get me a nicer tie!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Of course. It is the Prickly Peppered Purple Propulsion Powered Pickle!! But hey! It is the greatest invention ever. Yes. Even better than the Snoodle!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My poodle named Shmoodle!! He is my loyal companion. And he helps to use up all the cans of sauerkraut lying around my house!

When and where were you happiest?

When my nephew Ricky Rockadoodle comes over, and I get to show him all my great inventions!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Easy Question! By far, it is the invention of the Prickly Peppered Purple Propulsion Powered Pickle! Going into space ten times faster than the speed of light! And discovering all those planets beyond the galaxy! I have so many stories to tell!

Where would you most like to live?

On top of Mount Schnoodle Doodle! Breathtaking views!!

What is your greatest regret?

Oh yes! My greatest regret by far is not designing and installing a “Desourization Filter” into the Krautmobile. I didn’t realize how cranky the Krautmobile would make everyone just by the smell. I would still be selling Krautmobiles like hot noodle cakes if I just changed the smell. By the time I realized this, the Snoodle took over!

What is your motto?

If you want a Prickly Peppered Purple Propulsion Powered Pickle, it will cost more than a nickle!

Thank you, Sour Croodleman, for the delightful interview. Readers, scroll down to read all about the great space adventure!

Title: Snoodles in Space: A Snoodle, the Zoodle Kidoodles, and One Happy Schmoodle

Author: Steven Joseph

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Enigami

Book Blurb:

In the award-winning book “Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles,” Steven Joseph and Andy Case introduced us to a world where everyone was happy because of one man, Herbie Snoodleman, the inventor of the Snoodlemoblie, powered solely by noodles. It had replaced Sour Croodleman’s Krautmobile, which ran on sauerkraut and made everyone quite a bit cranky.

In this follow-up book, when the Zoodle Kidoodles from the planet Zoodle abduct Norman Noodle and Sally Stroodle, the Zoodle Kidoodles threaten to take all of Earth’s noodles— unless they perform the necessary brain operation on their grand leader, Cloodle the Grand Roodle, and fix their spaceship’s failing engines.

The one problem? Norman Noodle and Sally Stroodle are simple bakers. Sour Croodleman’s Prickly Peppered Purple Propulsion Powered Pickle invention is their only hope, but will he unite with Herbie Snoodleman to save the planet?

The answer is here, in this Wackadoodle Tale from Outer Space!


The reason we have brought you here is that for centuries, the Zoodles had the greatest brain surgeons and rocket scientists in the galaxy. Unfortunately, they were proud and started to poo-poo everyone else.

When they looked at anyone else’s accomplishments, they would say “You know. It isn’t brain surgery” and “You know, it isn’t rocket science.”

Soon, everyone became afraid to be brain surgeons and rocket scientists, and now, we have none left.

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Author Biography:

Steven Joseph is an attorney, professional negotiator, marathon runner, comedian and zen master. He lives in Hoboken, New York, and is a proud father of a grown up daughter Vita. He is also the son of a Holocaust Survivor, and his writings lean on the concept of survival, which was ever present growing up as a child, and acknowledgment which he has learned through his zen practice. His book websites that continually explores themes of crankiness are He explores the path to effective crankiness in "A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method." He is also the author of three children’s books “The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris; “Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles”; and the upcoming “Snoodles in Space: A Snoodle, the Zoodle Kidoodles, and One Happy Schmoodle”.

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May 02, 2023

Thank you, Sour Croodleman and Steven, for the truly delightful interview.

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