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The Adventures of a Nose Hardcover – April 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Magritte, in a whimsical mood, might have done these charming paintings of a disembodied nose who seeks "a place where I can fit in, and stick out." The Nose, a pale and fleshy triangle, stands upright on two slim legs (one from each nostril) that wear tasteful gray flannel pants and brown dress shoes. Collages of maps, menus and rail tickets suggest how far the restless Nose roves in search of his ideal spot; in delicate pencil sketches and squarish color illustrations, the Nose poses in green landscapes and on street corners. This tale from a first-time author-illustrator team gets the tone just right. Schwarz's understated text conveys alienation; the Nose yearns for a sense of belonging. Meanwhile, Stewart's ingenious portraits show that everywhere the Nose goes, he unwittingly creates the illusion of a face. While enjoying a good book at the library (" `This one smells of ink, and this one smells of dust,' he thinks"), the Nose sits between reading lamps that resemble green-lidded eyes; the open pages on his lap suggest a white mustache, … la Arcimboldo. When the Nose performs a "beautiful sneezing dance," symmetrical theater curtains recall a red mask; when he wanders through a market, two orange squash simulate eyes and a broad red sombrero indicates lips. In the end, the Nose reclines on a daybed (the bulging headrest forms a melancholy brow ridge) and a therapist reassures him, "Don't you see? The whole world fits perfectly around you... because you are a Nose!" Thanks to the surreal, captivating images, the diagnosis is as plain as, well, you know. Ages 6-up.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-This is the bizarre story of a nose's quest for belonging. After searching the world over for a spot where he can both "fit in, and stick out," the Nose visits a doctor and learns that the whole world fits perfectly around him. His place is always in the middle, sticking out. Quirky mixed-media illustrations are expertly rendered and are in keeping with the story, but the concept-that of searching for a sense of place that is often right under our noses-is adult, making the book an imperfect fit for the picture-book crowd.
Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First U.S. Edition edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763616745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763616748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed sharing this quirky read with my daughter; each page we pointed out all the ways Nose was unknowingly connected to the other images surrounding him. Joel Stewart was clearly inspired by several pieces of art from a variety of styles. Nose shows that there is somewhere in the world for everyone – and anyplace you choose to call home is.
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As an academic tutor, I heartily recommend this endearing selection to all people of all age groups.
For both young and old, the conscious (or subconscious) search to "fit in" ends when the reader accepts the comfort offered in The Adventures of a Nose.
Each of my students (and many of their family members) delight not only in the reassurance of their place in the world, but also in the incredible colored illustrations.
This treasure belongs in every household, no matter what. Ms. Viviane Schwarz (author) and Joel Stewart (illustrator) deserve much appreciation for this heart-warming book.
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I like it because it gives you a message about just because you're different from everyone else, doesn't mean everyone else thinks the same about what you think. It is very funny because in the pictures you can see the eyes the nose and the mouth. It's very interesting to try to sculpt it out. I like how he also goes to a doctor and the doctor says that he is a nose so he can do whatever he wants to because he is supposed to fit in and stick out. Lucy Godinez
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This clever and engaging children�s book balances nuance, detail, and wit into a series of clever portraits depicting the quest of a nose (one equipped with legs wearing trousers and a great sense of self-irony, no less) trying to find its place in the world. Consequently, the nose savors all sorts of experiences from a trip to the library, an excursion to the market, a turn on the stage, a stop by a restaurant, and so on till, tired of not fitting in, the nose lands on the couch of a therapist who gently suggests that the nose is never out of place for the �whole world fits perfectly around you. . . .�
Each setting depicts the nose against a different backdrop, and the nose is the only constant amidst the changing scenery where, and this is the really fun part, different objects form a pair of eyes and a mouth. Hence, the nose is never really out of place even though it never quite figures this out.
The writing strikes the right cord, and Ms. Schwarz delivers uncluttered prose that conveys the yearning to fit it and how a nose might go about assessing the world (in a restaurant, the nose suggest that "this is a place for mouths"). Mr. Stewart conjures up superb and somewhat surreal illustrations layered with details that go beyond those needed to frame the nose with the �accidental� features that complete the face. Those extras provide the texture that underlies the quest: discarded rail tickets, glimpses of menus, book pages. Each page is like a tapestry of sorts with lots of images held in place by, what else, the nose.
I would not recommend this book for youngsters who cannot yet read on their own, even though the book is so much fun you will want to read it with them. Rather, wait until your children are about seven so that they will be able to appreciate the rich detail, contextual puns, and ironic humor blended in this initial collaboration between a talented husband-wife team.
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