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His Mother's Nose Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803725450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803725454
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this perceptive account of family traits, Maloney and Zekauskas (previously paired for Belly Button Boy) consider individual and generational points of view. Their young hero, Percival, feels he is "not his own man. Everyone who saw Percival saw something of themselves in him." But the boy wants to be more than the sum of "his mother's nose, his father's eyes, his sister's mouth,... his aunt's ear for music." He runs away to his grandparents' house, where he receives an urgent message: "Your mother just said you were missing. And so is her nose!" Maloney and Zekauskas fantasize that, without Percival, the family loses actual anatomical parts. Then they picture Percival leafing through black-and-white photos and recognizing himself in much older relatives. They show that Percival is part of a continuum; by returning home, he literally and figuratively restores the missing pieces ("You've saved the whole family!" his mother declares, in a poignant double-entendre). Maloney and Zekauskas's rather awkward gouaches play up the humor rather than the poignancy of this sympathetic narrative of belonging, which argues that there is "a little bit of everyone in everybody." Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-"From the day Percival Puddicombe was born, he was not his own man. Everyone-saw something of themselves in him." He has his mother's nose, his father's eyes, his brother's unruly red hair, and, as he grows, his uncle's amazing talent in math and aunt's ear for music. The child eventually gets angry, and the next morning those features all disappear from the family members. It turns out that Percival has run away to his grandparents, "the only people who always saw him as himself." As they show him the family photo album, he realizes there is "a little bit of everyone in everybody," and returns home. Children are likely to wonder why the various features disappear when the child leaves and reappear when he returns. The brightly colored gouache-and-pencil cartoon illustrations are not unattractive, but they are not strong enough to save this trite, plotless story.

Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. It shows how family traits are passed down and how one little boy loses sight of himself because of it. Very cute illustrations!
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By Lady Barbarian on February 28, 2014
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Oh, you have your mother's nose, your father's eyes, your sister's hair...what does a poor kid have of his own???? This is a humorous story addressing a child's confusion when hearing such comments from relatives. I recommend this book for new parents and for kids who just ask, "How do I look?"!
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