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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Hardcover – December 29, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
"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...
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!
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son was a reluctant reader. Besides "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" he wasn't impressed with books, until this series came along. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Todd
Great book for boys and girls, easy reading. Lots of laughs and AR points for your effort. Bought the series.Published 11 days ago by Carpie
This book is targeted towards young children, but let me tell you--I'm no child, and I LOVED this book! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lady Starlight
If you have a child that thinks farting and passing gas is hilarious then this book is for them. If you have a child, boy or girl, that likes humorous chapter book series like... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MeganRuth
Awesome awesome awesome one of the best I have ever read. It was just amazing and once again awesome. That's right awesomePublished 9 months ago by Thomas P. Karnowski