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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
on 11 March 2010
Sometimes what every reader needs is a book that will make them laugh uncontrollably. Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder did just that for me, and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it, as it's not something I would have bought myself.
Nesbo's story of an eccentric inventor and a boy with a very small head was originally published in his native Norway in 2007, and has finally been flawlessly translated into English. It's stylishly illustrated by Mike Lowery, with the drawings being quite simple, but very effective. Nilly really does look like the world's smallest boy when compared to bullies Truls and Trym, and his shock of red hair on the cover image gives you a fantastic idea of what this little inventor-in-waiting looks like.
The plot is funny and random, with a hint of the weird thrown in when a giant anaconda turns up in the Norwegian sewer system. It has big teeth, and a name and everything (Anna Conda, heehee!) -- scary or what? Thankfully, Nilly isn't scared of what's lying in wait underground and, after much deliberation and a brush with death, he finds himself well on the way to saving the day. It just shows that small people can be just as brave as others, and Nilly is a great way to prove that point.
I really enjoyed Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, much to my (and everyone else's) surprise. I chuckled my way through it, wished someone near me would invent something so fun, and am now looking forward to reading the future adventures of Doctor Proctor, Nilly and Lisa. I wonder what they'll come up with next?!