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Gr 3–7—Nilly may be short in stature, but he looms large when it comes to confidence. When he moves in next door to Lisa, who just lost her best friend, the twosome become curious about an older gentleman living nearby. Soon they befriend Doctor Proctor who spends his time trying to come up with a blockbuster invention that will enable him to win the heart of his lost love in Paris. When the doctor shows Nilly and Lisa his fart powder, they realize the potential for sales to other kids. Two troll brothers, however, have other ideas as does their evil and greedy father. Soon there's a bungled burglary, then Nilly and the professor are locked in an escape-proof prison cell, and there's a giant anaconda in the Oslo sewers. Nesb's blend of hyperbole and predictability will grab kids, thanks to a superbly timed and nuanced narration by William Dufris. VERDICT This is a smart and funny tale that kids will really enjoy.—John R. Clark, Hartland Public Library, ME --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful 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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on December 23, 2009
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Sons VINE VOICE on March 15, 2010
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 28, 2010
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Typically when I see a kids' book with words such as "fart" in the title I don't give them a second glance. However, this book is written by one of my favourite thriller authors and the simple fact that he had written a children's a book was enough to make me *have* to read the book, never mind what it was called or what it was about.

Surprisingly, though the book is about an invention of farting powder, there is not a great deal of "toilet humour" to be found. Perhaps it's cultural, or it gets lost in translation, but the humour comes from different directions. I thought this was a delightful, funny, well-written story.

Nilly is new in the neighbourhood, he is very tiny for his age. He meets neighbours Lisa on one side and Doctor Proctor on the other. Dr. Proctor lets them in on his latest invention which is a Farting Powder. When no real use for the powder can be found they decide to sell it as a novelty item to kids, but twin bullies Truls and Trym want theirs for free so Nilly gives them an extra shot in their powder which sends them flying up into a tree. Dr. Proctor has an industrial strength version of the powder which he thinks belongs safely in the hands of NASA to be used for rocketless space travel. But then someone steals the industrial strength powder for evil purposes.

The story is full of excitement and adventure. Nilly finds himself in extreme situations from being sent to jail to being eaten by a boa constrictor called Anna Conda. The story also has a wonderful cultural appeal to it as well with plenty of inside jokes on Norway's size and not-so-famous status in the world. It's quite amazing that Nesbo, who writes such stunning adult thrillers, has the ability to write such a fun, whimsical children's story as well. He certainly is a talented writer.
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