Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder gets 4 Stars {Realistic Fiction}

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo gets 4 out of 5 stars in my book review.  Fun book for reluctant readers and all boys that think farting is hilarious.  Boys in the middle grades (4-7th grade) will especially like this book, but a 3rd grader with good comprehension and reading level will enjoy it just as much.  Girls will like this book to for the characters learning about friendship is very relatable.  Alohamora Open a Book chapter book, series, Norway, for kids who don't like to read.

If you have a child that thinks farting and passing gas is hilarious then this book is for them.  If you have a child, boy or girl, that likes humorous chapter book series like Captain Underpants, then this book is for them.  If you have a child that likes books they can relate to with subjects such as friendship, school, and bullies, then this book is for them.  This book, Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo, is a hilariously funny and creative chapter book (and the first in a series) boys and girls alike will read, and enjoy reading.

I give Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4 out of 5 stars in my book review.  I think this book, the first in a series, is perfect for 3rd through 6th graders, but older grades, up to 7th, will enjoy it as well especially if he or she is a bit childish.  

I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book set in Norway, I think that may have been my first book with the setting in Norway; though, with Nesbo, the author, being from Norway it makes sense the series takes place there.  I also thought the content, a powder that makes you fart, was funny and kids in the middle grades will especially enjoy it.  Overall, the message of friendship is great, standing up for yourself and what's right, and that you can do things you may have never thought was possible are valuable lessons for all kids to read and believe.  

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder lost a star for it's somewhat slow pace at first, though the pace picked up and kept good steam after that, and the annoying audiobook reader. To be honest, the audiobook reader probably wouldn't phase or bother kids, but I felt the reader was trying a bit too hard to characterize a few of the characters, mostly Doctor Proctor, and it ended up sounding awkward and annoying.  

All in all, Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder has a fun storyline, the content is funny, and it is well written for the targeted audience.   

Amazon had the following book review from School Library Journal

"Nilly may be short in stature, but he looms large when it comes to confidence. When he moves in next door to Lisa, who just lost her best friend, the twosome become curious about an older gentleman living nearby. Soon they befriend Doctor Proctor who spends his time trying to come up with a blockbuster invention that will enable him to win the heart of his lost love in Paris. When the doctor shows Nilly and Lisa his fart powder, they realize the potential for sales to other kids. Two troll brothers, however, have other ideas as does their evil and greedy father. Soon there's a bungled burglary, then Nilly and the professor are locked in an escape-proof prison cell, and there's a giant anaconda in the Oslo sewers. Nesb's blend of hyperbole and predictability will grab kids, thanks to a superbly timed and nuanced narration by William Dufris. VERDICT This is a smart and funny tale that kids will really enjoy."  

No need to look any farther for a book about farting that even a reluctant reader will pick up.   Go check this one out from your library.  

Happy silly book series about farting reading!


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