Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Adventures of a Nose

The Adventures of a Nose

Spring 2002 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Viviane Schwarz
Illustrator: Joel Stewart
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-1674-5
Hardcover Price: $14.99
Not every child will like this surreal, Kafka-esque story about a Nose in search of "a place just for me. A place where I can fit in, and stick out." But those young listeners/viewers captivated by author Schwarz's unabashedly nonsensical tale and illustrator Stewart's mysteriously magical paintings are in for a memorable and dream-like experience. Wherever the Nose goes (he is self-propelled by two elegantly-trousered legs emerging from his nostrils!), he seems to become the center of an unexpected face. This book is funny, jarring and, yes, weird. Some kids will love it.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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