Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Review: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: March 4th, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Dr Proctor is an ageing inventor just waiting for his big break. And when he teams up with his next-door neighbour Lise and her peculiar friend Nilly in making the world's most powerful fart powder, it seems his dream may be coming true. But the ruthless twins Truls and Trym Thrane are lurking in the background just waiting to spoil their plans. The drama that follows has repercussions that stretch beyond the imagination, inolving a wild chase through the sewer system of Oslo, anacondas and NASA.
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?!