From School Library Journal
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