Nose Pickers from Outer Space (Nose Pickers Series #1)

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Devin Hunter can't wait to meet his exchange buddy--and imagines one cool dude. But Stan from Pan breaks all the coolness rules, including the particularly embarrassing habit of picking his nose. But when strange things start happening, Devin realizes Stan may not even be human.

Fourth-grader Devin is disappointed in the nerdy exchange student who comes to live with his family, until he realizes that Stan is not from Chicago but ...

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Overview

Devin Hunter can't wait to meet his exchange buddy--and imagines one cool dude. But Stan from Pan breaks all the coolness rules, including the particularly embarrassing habit of picking his nose. But when strange things start happening, Devin realizes Stan may not even be human.

Fourth-grader Devin is disappointed in the nerdy exchange student who comes to live with his family, until he realizes that Stan is not from Chicago but from outer space.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The flippant title of this debut book in the L.A.F. :) series should tip off readers to Korman's fast-fire (if sometimes pat) wordplay and amusingly preposterous plot. Devin Hunter suspects he's in trouble the first moment he lays eyes on his school-exchange buddy, Stan Mflxnys, who enters the airport via the baggage shoot. Sporting a crew cut, a tie and "big thick glasses that made his eyes look like fried eggs," Stan has nerd written all over him and breaks all of Devin's "Rules of Coolness." Devin, who narrates the story, describes his embarrassment at being paired with Stan; his humiliation escalates at school, where this odd fellow--easily recognizable to readers as an alien--spends a good deal of time ostensibly picking his nose, eats a paper plate and napkin for lunch and announces that he's 146 years old. But before long Devin realizes that Stan's special powers, housed in his computerized nose, are mighty useful when it comes to completing household chores in a nanosecond, clinching first-place in field-day events and, as the tale unfurls, saving the earth from a chilling fate. Korman's tongue is in his cheek as often as Stan's finger is in his nose, creating a light and silly caper that will, as the series obviously intends, bring on ample laughs. Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon, illus. by Tony Ross, is also scheduled for publication this month; two more titles are planned for October. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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What could be worse for a guy than getting the weirdest national exchange student in your class? Getting someone that spends much of his day with his finger up his nose! Devin Hunter is the unlucky guy. As mortified as he is when he sees Stan from Pan, Devin can't believe his eyes when Stan starts eating paper and barking at the dog. For Devin, Stan's most embarrassing habit is his nose picking. For Stan, this isn't an occasional event, but almost constant. In the beginning, all Devin sees is Stan's breaking of all the "Rules of Coolness" that Devin has written down. One night, however, all this changes and Devin truly learns to not judge a book by its cover. Follow Devin and Stan's adventures as they try to keep Stan's secret identity and save the world while trying to stay cool. Korman uses imagery and detail giving a wonderful account of Devin and his new friend's adventures. 1999, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 9 to 14, $3.99. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-Devin's new fourth-grade National Student Exchange Program buddy definitely violates all "Rules of Coolness." Stan has a crew cut, wears a tie, and sticks his finger up his nose in public. Then, Devin notices that when Stan "picks" his nose, odd things happen-suitcases are mysteriously unpacked and after-dinner chores are completed in seconds. A surreptitious mirror check at night reveals that the newcomer's olfactory apparatus conceals a powerful computer, complete with switches, blinking lights, and communication tools. Stan is actually an alien travel agent from the planet Pan. His mission-to determine if Earth is a suitable vacation spot for his fellow Pants, or if it should be moved out beyond Pluto to avoid obstructing the view of the Saturn rings. Devin has to help his new pal "sell" the Earth's advantages before the aliens decide to get rid of the planet entirely. There is lots of elementary-level punning, particularly concerning the aliens-Training Pants rookie agents, Smarty-Pants ruling council, etc. Devin's teacher and classmates are intolerant, negative characters, but Devin himself learns to be more accepting. This is a lightweight story with no pretensions to literary style, but young readers who enjoy Daniel Pinkwater's off-the-wall, absurd humor will get a kick out of it. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations are funny, the chapters are short, and the print is large.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786813438
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Nose Pickers Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman is one of the most popular young adult and middle grade authors writing today. He published his first book at the young age of fourteen and has been going strong ever since. A tireless self-promoter, Gordon is constantly traveling across the country to visit different schools. He and his wife, a teacher, live on Long Island with their three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    SUPER FUNNY

    this book was so fun to read to elem. students, and high schoolers also got a laugh out of it. Gordon Korman has done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    A 6th grader from Texas

    This is a very hilarious book. I give it a 2 thumps up. Its about a kid name Stanely who picks his nose but is he really picking his nose for boogers? Read this book to find out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    What A Great Book

    Nose Pickers from Outer Space by Gordon Korman to me is the best book on Earth (and the best book in outer space)!!!! It was the funniest book I'd ever read in my life! I'm so glad that it was bought for me! I would give this book an outstanding five star rating and I would recommend it to anyone in for a good laugh!!!!!!

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