We have read all 8 of the Noodle Loves series. I think they are the best touch and feel type board books I've seen so far. It is pretty obvious that most toddler board books do not have a lot of plot or storyline since they are only about 6 pages long. For this type of "touch and feel" book, I look at the quality, size and variety of textures as well as the durability of the board book itself.
My 1 1/2 year old has loved the textures in these books much more than DK Baby Touch and Feel. And while they are not as durable as the Usborne That's Not My series that have a glossy, thick cover, they are still fairly sturdy books and I like that these books have basic scenes on each page and have the same characters (usually Noodle, mommy, sometimes daddy). We bought all eight titles from Walmart online at a more competitive price than what I found on Amazon.
These books have vibrant illustrations and have a simple story line about Noodle the panda ("Noodle loves...Noodle loves" with a basic rhyme structure). The story is over quickly but keeps my son's attention.
I rate the 8 of the series in this order (the first five I think are best, the other three I don't think are worth buying):
Noodle Loves Bedtime
Noodle Loves the Farm
Noodle Loves the Zoo
Noodle Loves the Beach
Noodle Loves to Eat
Noodle Loves to Cuddle
Noodle Loves to Drive
Noodle Loves the Park
Noodle Loves to Eat features decent-sized textures:
a fabric bib (cover), a fabric loaf of bread, a smooth cheese wedge, textured fabric peas, vinyl fruit (shaped like raspberries), and a good sized mirror window
The best part in the mirror at the end. My son loves holding up the mirror to see his reflection. Each Noodle book has a "mirror" on the last page and this book has the largest mirror in the series.
We found this title at our local library and had to have it!