The Magical Fruit (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Series #4)

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Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa take a sporty approach to saving the day in this fart-tastically funny adventure from New York Times bestselling author Jo Nesbø.

When a Russian billionaire robs the Norwegian Gold Reserve and melts the last remaining gold bar into the Premier Soccer League trophy, it’s up to Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa to recapture the precious prize. But after a failed break-in attempt at the billionaire’s subterranean gold-melting lab, and with the ...

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Overview

Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa take a sporty approach to saving the day in this fart-tastically funny adventure from New York Times bestselling author Jo Nesbø.

When a Russian billionaire robs the Norwegian Gold Reserve and melts the last remaining gold bar into the Premier Soccer League trophy, it’s up to Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa to recapture the precious prize. But after a failed break-in attempt at the billionaire’s subterranean gold-melting lab, and with the Norwegian Gold Reserve Inspection in just three days, the only way to retrieve the trophy is to win it back.

Hoping to prevent national panic and uproar, Nilly and Lisa join the Rotten Ham soccer team to try and lead the hopeless underdogs to victory before time runs out. And with the use of Fartonaut Powder, along with a handful of Doctor Proctor’s other wacky inventions, they just might have a chance!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jill K. Woodward
Doctor Proctor, Norwegian scientist and one of the three heroes in this series, invented fart powder, a substance that becomes useful in all of the inane antics that unfold over the course of these three hundred and eleven pages. Nilly and Lisa are the other two heroes, not unwitting accomplices, but often the brains behind the whacky inventor, Dr. Proctor. Together, the three bumble along through mishap and adventure in a comical, cartoonish world in Oslo, where only they can save Norway—and perhaps all of the world—from the three robbers who stole Norway’s entire gold reserve, a single bar. The humor in this series is often far beyond the political and cultural sense of the average ten-year old American reader, but the outlandish characters and the plot will amuse nonetheless. Zany humor, sustained momentum in pace, and a plot crescendo of extreme, redeeming flatulence are sure to thrill the same sensibilities that gravitate to “Captain Underpants” and diarrhea jokes. Reviewer: Jill K. Woodward; Ages 10 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Amid drama in both the sewers of Oslo and London's immense Wobbley Stadium, the intrepid trio that previously saved Legoland (Who Cut the Cheese?, 2011) tackles an even more nefarious threat. Maximus Rublov is gathering astronomical sums to purchase soccer great Ibranaldovez for his Chelchester City team and has stolen Norway's entire strategic gold reserve (one bar). To retrieve it, diminutive Nilly (the "biggest--and also the smallest--liar in all of Norway") with his friends Lisa and brilliant scientist Victor Proctor hie off to London. They are armed with courage, quick thinking and several of Dr. Proctor's unusual inventions, notably a potion that turns pee into a freeze ray and his puissant "fartonaut powder." The three not only break into the Bank of the Very Rich located beneath Parliament (one of Rublov's recent acquisitions), but pull off both a (more or less) successful mission and a stunning victory on the pitch for underdog Rotten Ham. Readers of Nesbø's mysteries for adults will find less hard-boiled crime and more Terry Pratchett–like foolery in this 4th outing with Dr. Proctor. Another lighter-than-air exploit from Norway's best-selling novelist, buoyed by alimentary humor and occasional illustrations (the latter not seen). (Light fantasy. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442493421
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Series, #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 379,050
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbø is the most successful Norwegian author of all time. He has sold more than 19 million books, which are published in forty-seven different languages globally, and he is widely recognized as one of Europe’s foremost crime writers. The author of crime fiction and short stories, the Doctor Proctor adventures are his first children’s books.

Mike Lowery is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally. Mike is the illustrator of Moo Hoo and Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan; The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray; and the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder novels by Jo Nesbø. Currently he is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with a lovely German frau, Katrin, and his super genius daughter, Allister. Visit him at MikeLowery.com.

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The Magical Fruit


IT IS NIGHTTIME in Oslo, and it’s raining on the quiet, sleeping city. Or is it sleeping? One of the raindrops hits the enormous clock on the side of the Oslo City Hall tower and clings to the tip of the minute hand before letting go and falling twenty stories, striking the asphalt with a soft splat, and starting to join the other raindrops running down the streetcar tracks. Now, if we were to follow this raindrop as it made its way to a manhole cover during this Oslo night, we would hear a faint sound through the silence. The faint sound would get a little louder when the drop of water fell through the hole in the manhole cover, plunging down into the Oslo sewer system, where the darkness is even thicker. And along with the raindrop we would start sailing in the filthy, reeking sewage water, through the pipes—some small and narrow, some so big you can stand up—that run this way and that, way below ground level in this rather insignificant, big, little city, which is the capital of Norway. And as this intestinal system of pipes carries us deeper into Oslo’s innards, the sound gets louder.

It is not a pleasant sound. Actually, it sounds like a dentist’s office.

Like the sound of a drill crushing its way through tooth enamel, gums, and sensitive nerve endings. Sometimes the rumbling is low and sometimes screeching high, depending on what the drill’s diamond-hard, whirling bit is digging into.

But, whatever! At least it’s not the sound of an anaconda’s hissing, yard-long tongue, the creaking of half a ton of constrictor muscles tightening, or the deafening bang of jaws—the size of an inflatable swimming ring—slamming shut on their victim. I only mention that because of the rumor that a snake like that lives down here. And because a pair of yellow, glowing reptilian eyes are just visible in the sewer there in the darkness to the left. So if you are regretting having come already, now’s your chance to vamoose. Just quietly close the book and tiptoe out of the room or crawl under the covers. Forget that you ever heard of the Oslo sewer system, that dentist’s drill sound, or snakes that eat enormous water voles, average-sized kids, and occasionally small adult humans—if they’re not too hairy and don’t have beards.

SO, GOOD-BYE AND have a good life. And close the door behind you.

THERE. NOW IT’S just us.

WE WILL CONTINUE down this filthy river toward the dark heart of the city. By now the noise has grown to a roar and we see a light, but we realize that this is neither paradise nor the dentist from hell, but something totally different.

There is a loud machine in front of us with a wheel on it. A steel arm juts up from the machine and disappears into a large hole that has been drilled in the top of the sewer pipe.

“We’re almost there, boys!” says the biggest of the three men standing around the machine, shining flashlights up into the hole. They’re all dressed the same in black leather boots, rolled-up jeans with suspenders, and white T-shirts. The biggest one also had a bowler hat on his head. But he’s taken it off right now to wipe the sweat away, allowing us to see that all three of their heads are shaved, and each one has a letter tattooed on his forehead, above his thick unibrow.

A small cracking sound is heard, and suddenly the drill starts squealing like a spoiled brat.

“We’re in,” the man with a B tattooed on his forehead snarls, flipping a switch. The drilling noise slowly fades away. The drill bit comes into view, and it’s quite a sight: It glitters in the light from the flashlights like the biggest diamond in the world. And, well, that’s probably because it is the biggest diamond in the world, newly stolen from a diamond mine in South Africa.

The guy with a C tattooed on his forehead angles a ladder up into the hole above them and scampers up its rungs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    The full version of the bean song

    Beans Beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot, Beans Beans they're good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart, the more Beans you eat the better you feel, Beans Beans for EVERY Meal! Ewwwww.... Who ate beans today?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    YAY

    Beans beans the magical fruit the more you eat yhe more you toot.

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