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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Super Schnoz (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807575550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807575550
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-Eleven-year-old Andy Whiffler was born with a big nose-and a big sense of smell to go with it. Initially picked on, he wins over his classmates with astounding olfactory feats. When a mysterious odor shuts down the school, Andy and his friends uncover a pollution plot by the crooked Environmental Clean Up (ECU) company. With the encouragement of his pals, he becomes Super Schnoz-ready to put an end to ECU's plans and save the day. With a superhero story line, short chapters, and gross-out humor, the book hits a number of reluctant-reader marks. Although the story is fairly formulaic, the light tone and good guys vs. bad guys plot give off a Saturday-morning cartoon vibe that will appeal to many readers. The cartoon-style illustrations are bold and friendly, mirroring the tone of the narrative and sometimes extending it. The book is wacky from page one, and fans of Dan Gutman's "My Weird School" series (HarperCollins) will approve. It treads some familiar "boy book" territory, but Super Schnoz should circulate well.-Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"The writing, stylistically, has enough action and danger to keep it on the right side of parody, as well as a sense of humor that deftly mixes the absurd with gross-out jokes and clever wordplay. Super Schnoz smells like a winner, especially for reluctant readers." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013

More About the Author

Gary Urey is the author of Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell, which Kirkus called in its starred review "...a winner, especially for reluctant readers." Gary is also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where he has portrayed everything from a Shakespearean messenger to a mime trapped in a box on the subway. He puts his professional theatre training to good use every time he sits down to write funny stories for kids. Besides being an actor, Gary spent several years in the city as a theatre reviewer and script reader. He now lives and writes in Portland, Maine with his wife and two daughters, and has just finished the next installment of the Super Schnoz saga--Super Schnoz and the Snore Snatchers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharif on August 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Andy Whiffler admits that he has a "humongous honker." He's eleven, so you can imagine the bullying he goes through. His classmates give him numerous cruel nicknames, but with his big nose comes amazing talents. He has a fantastic sense of smell and can recollect hundreds of scents. That's always been the case, but Andy discovers something else. He can fly by inhaling and exhaling hard, propelling himself off the ground with the power of his nose.

He and his friends decide to become crime fighters centered on Andy's powers. They'll become "Super Schnoz, the Not-Right Brothers, and Vivian." When their school closes due to mysterious reasons, Andy and his friends investigate. Something bad is brewing with an evil company that wants to pollute the environment. Super Schnoz, the Not-Right Brothers, and Vivian are going to save the day...as well as the school and the nation.

This isn't normally my type of reading material since it's a short chapter book, but I was entertained. I believe kids in late elementary and early middle school would enjoy this book. I can see boys and struggling readers selecting Super Schnoz, not to exclude other groups since many children will find this appealing. I received the galley from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.
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Bought to read before giving it to a boy of ten who just couldn't acquire an interest in reading. This nailed it for him. Lots of laughs combined with adventure. Easy read.
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By A. M. Schroder on May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I didn't expect to like this book because it looked silly. However, the writing surprised me and it was better than I expected. It does have its share of poop humor and even references the book, Captain Underpants. But the storyline, plot and characters are well developed and children can easily follow the story. There are some Nickelodeon-style illustrations sprinkled throughout the book but not as many as in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. The illustrator is Ethan Long, author/illustrator of the book Up, Tall and High which won a Theodor Geisel award in 2013. This is the first book for the author, Gary Urey and there is already a second book, Super Schnoz and the Invasion of the Snore Snatchers due out this fall. I think this book will appeal to readers of the Captain Underpants series and in fact that is probably the exact audience the author is going after.

*Note: This book could be used with a bullying lesson because in the beginning of the book, Andy is made fun of and has names called at him for his large nose. If a teacher could get past the poop/dirty diaper/stinky smells humor, it would make a good read aloud as it has teachable moments for anti-bullying.
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By Red Sox on January 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 8 year old read this by himself and it only took him a couple of nights. He reads a lot (100+ chapter books a year) and says this is his second favorite book (next to Captain Underpants). He said he enjoyed being surprised and didn't expect certain things to happen (like him flying).
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By Julia A on January 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I chose this rating because this book has tons of details. It has very good pictures.That is why I like this book
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