Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell (Super Schnoz Series #1)

Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell (Super Schnoz Series #1)

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by Gary Urey, Ethan Long
     
 

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Andy Whiffler is your average eleven-year-old boy…except that his nose is so big he can use it to fly and his sense of smell is a hundred thousand times stronger than any human. In the first book of this hilarious series, Andy moves to a new school and is instantly picked on because of the size of his nose. But when his classmates discover how powerful his

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Andy Whiffler is your average eleven-year-old boy…except that his nose is so big he can use it to fly and his sense of smell is a hundred thousand times stronger than any human. In the first book of this hilarious series, Andy moves to a new school and is instantly picked on because of the size of his nose. But when his classmates discover how powerful his nose is, they decide he is more of a comic book hero than a nerd, and dub him Super Schnoz. One day an evil corporation called ECU shuts down Andy's school in an evil plot to take over the world. Can Super Schnoz and his friends save the school?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it really like to have the largest nose in the world? Andy Whiffle has an enormous honker, and he has been the butt of children's jokes since nursery school. When Andy sneezes, windows break and people fall to the ground. His nose looks just like a bird's beak, but Andy is proud that his honker has the same smelling ability as a dog. One day Andy sniffs behind the scenes and discovers a horrific plot; a company has decided to open the Gates of Smell and to pollute Andy's town. Andy worries that his school will be obliterated and that the entire town where he lives will be destroyed by pollution dating back to the Jurassic Period. What can a boy with an extra-large nose do to save the entire world? Young readers will savor the humorous adventures of Andy Whiffle as he sniffs and sneezes his way through a mystery that reeks with originality. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 3–5—Eleven-year-old Andy Whiffler was born with a big nose-and a big sense of smell to go with it. Initially picked on, he wins over his classmates with astounding olfactory feats. When a mysterious odor shuts down the school, Andy and his friends uncover a pollution plot by the crooked Environmental Clean Up (ECU) company. With the encouragement of his pals, he becomes Super Schnoz-ready to put an end to ECU's plans and save the day. With a superhero story line, short chapters, and gross-out humor, the book hits a number of reluctant-reader marks. Although the story is fairly formulaic, the light tone and good guys vs. bad guys plot give off a Saturday-morning cartoon vibe that will appeal to many readers. The cartoon-style illustrations are bold and friendly, mirroring the tone of the narrative and sometimes extending it. The book is wacky from page one, and fans of Dan Gutman's "My Weird School" series (HarperCollins) will approve. It treads some familiar "boy book" territory, but Super Schnoz should circulate well.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A prenatal pharmaceutical mix-up landed Andy with a "humongous honker" that makes him an object of ridicule at school but also gives him a "super-power worthy" sense of smell. Bullies at his new school laugh at Andy's nose until it gives early warning of imminent principal presence, earning Andy respect and friendship from his former tormentors. Peaceful existence is short-lived: A sudden, terrible smell fills the school, canceling classes. The kids would celebrate, except missed days will be made up during summer vacation, unless Environmental Clean Up, Inc. fixes the mess quickly. But Andy overhears a conversation that reveals all may not be on the up and up with ECU. His friends decide that he must use his nose to investigate--they design a superhero costume to turn him into crime-fighter Super Schnoz (they are sidekicks the Not-Right Brothers and Vivian). Experimenting, the team finds ingenious applications for Andy's nose, such as the power of flight (through inflating his nostrils) and cayenne-pepper attack sneezes. Every power's needed, as ECU's nefarious plan will ruin much more than summer break if Super Schnoz can't save the day. Illustrations highlight how outlandishly oversized Andy's nose is and back up visual gags. The writing, stylistically, has enough action and danger to keep it on the right side of parody, as well as a sense of humor that deftly mixes the absurd with gross-out jokes and clever wordplay. Super Schnoz smells like a winner, especially for reluctant readers. (Adventure. 8-12)
From the Publisher

"The writing, stylistically, has enough action and danger to keep it on the right side of parody, as well as a sense of humor that deftly mixes the absurd with gross-out jokes and clever wordplay. Super Schnoz smells like a winner, especially for reluctant readers." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013

"With a superhero story line, short chapters, and gross-out humor, the book hits a number of reluctant-reader marks. . . . The book is wacky from page one. . ." School Library Journal, October 1, 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807575550
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
Super Schnoz Series , #1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Gary Urey is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and spent several years as an actor, script reader, and theatre reviewer. He lives in Maine and is a Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association.

Ethan Long is an award-winning and internationally recognized children's book author and illustrator with over 60 children's books and an Emmy-nominated series to his credit. He currently lives with his wife, Heather, and his three children in Florida.

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Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eight year old loved it! Next to Captain Underpants, this is his favorite book (and he reads about 100 chapter books a year). He liked that things happened that he didn't expect- Especially that he could fly.