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Nikolai Gogol's The Nose Hardcover – September 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688104649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688104641
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The bowed perspectives and exaggerated facial features that distinguish Hawkes's (Then the Troll Heard the Squeak) paintings lend a refreshing waggishness to Gogol's classic satire. The artist carves out his own brand of eccentric humor with his interpretation of Gogol's characters, among them an astonished, noseless Deputy Inspector of Reindeer; a baffled, bumbling Police Inspector; and, of course, the haughty, runaway Proboscis itself. Cowan's high-spirited retelling captures the understated absurdity of the tale: "What was [the Deputy Inspector] to make of a nose, which only yesterday had known its place, now walking and driving about-and dressed in a uniform, too?" Each block of text is bordered by a golden frame dotted with an abundance of noses in a variety of shapes and guises. Less elegant than Gennady Spirin's 1993 adaptation, this version is more accessible to children. Whether acquainted with the story or new to it, readers will delight in the small, comic details in the language and the art. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-A barber breaks open a loaf of bread and finds a nose baked into it. It's not just any nose, either. It belongs to the Deputy Inspector of Reindeer. When the Deputy Inspector awakens to find his nose missing, he searches everywhere until he finds it masquerading as a General and Glorious Governor of Games. When he requests that it resume its proper place, it refuses and hurries away. The man is in despair until a policeman returns the nose. It will not stick to his face at first, but after a few days it is properly restored. Cowan has made a brave attempt at paring Gogol's short story into a form accessible to children, but she is not entirely successful. While her writing captures the cadence of Russian literature, the transitions are abrupt and often confusing. There is a sense of something missing. Furthermore, Gogol's story is satire, which may be entirely lost on the young children. Hawkes's acrylic paintings are slightly skewed in perspective, as if seen through a glass, and reflect an off-beat humor. The artist has a good eye for detail: the Deputy Inspector's wallpaper is patterned with reindeer and most of the pages containing text are bordered with a frame decorated with appropriate motifs. The vivid illustrations carry the story where the text falters. A well-intentioned attempt that falls a little short of its goal.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nazli E. Kahveci on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gogol's The Nose took its place in my list as I finished Amos Oz's The Story Begins - Essays on Literature where Oz mentions some points of logic distortions in The Nose in quite an interest-growing manner. It wasn't, however, until when I came across the product details here listing it as for ages 4-8 that the story itself became a question mark to be read and answered immediately... Although in the story Kovaliov's nose is touring around in St. Petersburg which alone is quite satisfactory as an absurdity, the author mainly underlines why the nose arises stress, anger, horror, curiosity and astonishment in various characters, and how they think, judge and react in return. I don't think ages 4-8 should nonetheless be classified as the very specific time in life that Gogol could be valued enough.
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