Review: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

Posted on January 11, 2010

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Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
By Jo Nesbo
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Aladdin
December 2009
272 pages

The word fart in the title and a Norwegian author – what’s not to love? And there is so much to love about this book.

When tiny, 10-year old Nilly moves into the neighborhood wild antics erupt. He meets up with the crazy professor Doctor Proctor and together they invent fart powder. But other than good old noisy fun, they can’t think of another good use for it. Until by accident they invent something a lot more explosive, which is how they wind up with Totally Normal Fart Powder and the super-duper Fartonaut Powder.

Nilly and his new friend Lisa decide to sell the Totally Normal Fart Powder to the kids at school while Doctor Proctor tries to sell the super stuff to NASA. But bullies Truls and Trym and their father Mr. Trane hatch their own evil plan. From then on the story blows up into a carnival ride of hilarious twists and turns that include the Dungeon of the Dead, slimy sewers, and animals you wish didn’t exist.

Jo Nesbo has created a spectacular farce that is laugh-out-loud funny. Mike Lowery’s drawings sprinkled throughout add just the right amount of absurdity to what is destined to be a comedy classic. Readers of all ages will find themselves giggling over “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder”.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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