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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Hardcover – December 29, 2009

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Grade 4–7—When a boy named Nilly moves to Oslo, Norway, he quickly meets up with an intelligent neighbor, Lisa, and the quirky Doctor Proctor. The Doctor has invented Fart Powder and isn't sure what to do with it. With Nilly and Lisa's help, he sells the regular version to children (and adults) for a little fun and plans to market a more powerful version of the powder to NASA. An evil (and extremely dimwitted) neighbor and his even more stupid sons hatch a plan to steal the powder and make a nice profit for themselves. The entire situation is complicated by a trip to jail for Nilly and the Doctor, a hungry anaconda living in the city's sewer system, and a missing crate of gun powder needed for the army's nearly world famous Independence Day salute. William Dufris provides an excellent performance, perfectly capturing the humor of Jo Nesbo's story (Aladdin, 2009). Even as the titular humor of the tale wears a little thin, his reading will keep listeners laughing, as will the clever use of the powder by Nilly and Lisa to outwit their enemies.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
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A popular Norwegian writer of crime stories offers his first children’s book. After Nilly moves to a new house, he makes friends with a young neighbor, Lisa, as well as an eccentric inventor, Dr. Proctor, who shows the kids his amazing powder that causes loud gaseous explosions (minus the accompanying odor). The inventor’s experiments lead to an even more powerful powder that propels Nilly to outer space and back. Dr. Proctor hopes to sell this version to NASA, but a dishonest rich guy tries to steal the powder, aided by his none-too-bright sons. Things become even more complicated after Nilly lands in jail and an anaconda that lives in Oslo’s sewer system takes on the bad guys. In a final comic scene, the Norwegian army uses the powder for an Independence Day salute. Nesbo tells his fantastical story in a matter-of-fact, deadpan style, and Lowery’s simple illustrations match the dry, comedic tone well. The title promises young readers a story with a bang, and it delivers. Grades 4-7. --Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 4, 2010
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I ordered this for my 9 year old son; the following (and the title of this review) are his comments after reading this book. As a gauge of his recent favorite books, he is a huge fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Michael Chabon's Summerland.

"This book was alright. The author seemed to be writing for older kids, like in 4th grade or higher. But, the humor and the silliness is really the kind of thing that kids much younger than that really like. It kind of reminded me of the jokes in books like Captain Underpants; those are really for little kids. Unfortunately, I don't think little kids are ready to read such a long book. So, I would not read this again myself but might read it to my little brother, who is six and in Kindergarten."

I am a bit worried that his review says more about him than the book. But, I share...
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As a children's librarian, sometimes I look at the rows of books on my shelves in despair. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is checked out in toto, and my young patrons have read all of Captain Underpants. What else do I have to offer them? Errr, Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Secret Garden? Beverly Cleary?

With Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, I need look no further! I can't go wrong with a book with "fart" in the title. Nor will my young patrons be cheated at check out. They'll be taking home with them a book involving anacondas in sewers, TWO kinds of fart powder (Doctor Proctor's Totally Normal Fart Powder and the more powerful Fartonaut Powder), bullies, villains, chase scenes involving Hummers, dungeons, mustachioed police, a powder that turns you glowing translucent green so that you can see your own skeleton, marching bands, sewer sliding, and a foiled robbery. All tied together with a very neat plot that keeps snapping the reader to attention and in the end leaves the two young farts, Lisa and Nilly (William) good friends. Mike Lowery's minimal line drawings add greatly to the drollery.

Author Jo Nesbo has done a terrific job of creating a great story around what parents have always considered a disgusting and unspeakable human function and what kids, esp. boys, consider to be one which is endlessly fascinating, i.e., farting. Jo Nesbo is to farting what D.H. Lawrence was to that other disgusting and unspeakable human function!
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Oh if only one could get past the American revulsion for the word "fart," because here you'd find a very witty, very funny, and very literate children's book. The flap says this is the Norwegian author's first children's book, which I can believe, because he never talks down to his kid-sized readers.

It is unfortunate that this book might search for its audience, since the subject matter is clearly juvenile but the writing is of such high quality, even a little sophisticated, it is really geared for older (and very bright) kids. I thought my brainy 14-year-old would enjoy it because he loves Harry Potter and the Series of Unfortunate Events books...but he wouldn't touch this. I know it was because he thought it was a "little kid's book." It's not!!! But...there is that "fart" word, and the cartoon cover.

The book is beautifully designed, with double-spaced lines and a hardcover volume of a perfect size for holding and curling up to read.

Recommendation: Definitely, and I hope it finds the audience it deserves.
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This book is really cool. I enjoyed it and I'm twelve. Honestly, there are not enough books in the world with farting in them! Please go home and read this book, it will bring out the inner child in you!
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On the back of the ‘Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder’ written by Jo Nesbø is the claim that this is the story of a fart. And that is the truth.

But the prejudice that Nesbø used a vulgar and meaningless way to attract attention reader should leave aside. This is a high quality and very tense novel for children and young teenagers for which ridiculous physiological human need served only as a very good teaser for even better story.

Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian writer known for his world-wide popular thriller books, came into children's literature with eccentric figure of the old Doctor Proctor and so far he wrote four novels about his lucid inventions.

A redhead Nilly is a tiny boy who moved to Oslo and in his new neighborhood he will become close with a girl Lisa and senior Doctor Proctor, an unusual scientist who for years unsuccessfully is trying to patent his unusual inventions. Trying to blend medicine for hay fever, Dr. Proctor quite accidentally invented the substance that provokes blowing unbelievable strong “winds”, though fortunately they don’t stink. Nilly and Lisa will become Dr. Proctor assistants, but guardians as well when his loved experiments someone will attempt to steal...

Winds blowing in children's literature came with the book BFG (‘Big Friendly Giant’) written by Roald Dahl, whose characters, with the help of bubbling potion were belching and blubbering on their backside. Not at all vulgar, Nesbø has used same ridiculous motif to attract children's attention and on it built an elaborate plot that would, no doubt, look good in the animated version.

Peculiar boy characters such as Greg Heffley and Horrid Henry recently became favorites among young readers and Nilly fits perfectly into this trend.
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