Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Series #1)

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Series #1)


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Bestselling Norwegian mystery author Jo Nesbø enters the world of children’s books with Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, the first book in this very funny middle-grade series. Filled with magic, wit, and bathroom humor, Doctor Proctor will keep boys and girls laughing until the end.

Eleven-year-old Nilly is new to the neighborhood, but he is quick to make friends: Doctor Proctor, an eccentric professor who invents wacky potions and powders; and brainy Lisa, who is always teased by the twin terrors Truls and Trym. All is good farty fun when Nilly and Lisa help Doctor Proctor develop his latest invention, a powder that makes you fart. The powder makes Nilly and Lisa VERY popular at school when they sell it for 50 cents a bag. (And they get revenge on Truls and Trym by giving them an extra-strength dose of fart powder that shoots them up into a tree!)

But when Doctor Proctor creates an industrial-strength version that can send people to outer space, the kids must go to great lengths to protect the invention and keep it out of the hands of their neighbors, who want to use the powder for evil purposes.

In the spirit of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket, Doctor Proctor offers a winning combination of humor, adventure, and absurdity that kids (of all ages) will love—proving that Jo Nesbø can keep you on the edge of the seat and make your sides split in equal measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416979739
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 193,194
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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

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The First Powder Test

“I’M DOCTOR PROCTOR,” the professor said at last. His accent was guttural, making his voice sound like a badly oiled lawnmower. “I’m a crazy professor. Well, almost, anyway.” He laughed a hearty, snorting sort of laugh and started watering his unmowed lawn with a green watering can.

Nilly, who was never one to say no to an interesting conversation, set down his trumpet, ran down his front steps and over to the fence, and asked, “And just what makes you so sure that you’re almost crazy, Mr. Proctor?”

Doctor Proctor. Did you ever hear of a professor trying to invent a powder to prevent hay fever but ending up inventing a farting powder instead? No, I didn’t think so. Quite a failure … and pretty outrageous, isn’t it?”

“Well, it depends,” Nilly said, hopping up to sit on the fence. “What does your farting powder do? Does it keep people from farting?”

The professor laughed even louder. “Ah, if only it did. I could probably have found someone to buy my powder, then,” he said. Suddenly he stopped watering the grass and stroked his chin, lost in thought. “You’re on to something there, Nilly. If I’d made the powder so it kept people from farting, then people could take it before going to parties or funerals. After all, there are lots of occasions when farting is inappropriate. I hadn’t thought of that.” He dropped the watering can in the grass and hurried off toward his little blue house. “Interesting,” he mumbled. “Maybe I can just reverse the formula and create a non-fart powder.”

“Wait!” Nilly yelled. “Wait, Doctor Proctor.”

Nilly jumped down from the fence, tumbling into the tall grass, and when he got up again, he couldn’t see the professor—just his blue house and a side staircase that led down to an open cellar door. Nilly ran to the door as fast as his short legs could carry him. It was dark inside, but he could hear clattering and banging. Nilly knocked hard on the door frame.

“Come in!” the professor yelled from inside.

Nilly walked into the dimly lit cellar. He could vaguely make out an old, dismantled motorcycle with a sidecar by one wall. And a shelf with various Mickey Mouse figurines and a mason jar full of a light green powder, with a label in big letters that read DR. PROCTOR’S LIGHT GREEN POWDER! And underneath, in slightly smaller letters: “A bright idea that may make the world a little more fun.”

“Is this the fart powder?” Nilly asked.

“No, it’s just a phosphorescent powder that makes you glow,” said Doctor Proctor from somewhere in the darkness. “A rather unsuccessful invention.”

Then the professor emerged from the darkness with a lit flashlight in one hand and a snorkel mask in the other. “Wear this for safety during the experiment. I’ve reversed the process so that everything goes backward. Shut the door and watch out. Everything is connected to the light switch.”

Nilly put on the face mask and pulled the door shut.

“Thanks,” the professor said, flipping the light switch. The light came on, and a bunch of iron pipes that ran back and forth between a bunch of barrels, tanks, tubing, funnels, test tubes, and glass containers started trembling and groaning and rumbling and sputtering.

“Remember to duck if you hear a bang!” Doctor Proctor shouted over the noise. The glass containers had started simmering and boiling and smoking.

“Okay!” Nilly yelled, and right then there was a bang.

The bang was so loud that Nilly felt like earwax was being pressed into his head while at the same time his eyes were being pressed out. The light went off and it was pitch-black. And totally silent. Nilly found the flashlight on the floor and shone it on the professor, who was lying on his stomach with his hands over his head. Nilly tried to say something, but when he couldn’t hear his own voice, he realized he had gone deaf. He stuck his right index finger into his left ear and twisted it around. Then he tried talking again. Now he could just barely hear something far away, as if there were a layer of elephant snail slime covering his eardrum.

“That was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard!” he screamed.

“Eureka!” Doctor Proctor yelled, leaping up, brushing off his coat, and pulling off the glasses that Nilly now realized weren’t swim goggles but motorcycle goggles. The professor’s whole face was coated in blackish gray powder except for two white rings where his goggles had been. Then he dashed over to one of the test tubes and poured the contents into a glass container with a strainer on top.

“Look!” Doctor Proctor exclaimed.

Nilly saw that there was a fine, light blue powder left in the strainer. The professor stuck a teaspoon into the powder and then into his mouth. “Mmm,” he said. “No change in the flavor.” Then he gritted his teeth and closed his eyes. Nilly could see the professor’s face slowly turning red underneath the black soot.

“What are you doing?” Nilly asked.

“I’m trying to fart,” the professor hissed through his clenched teeth. “And it’s not working. Isn’t it great?”

He smiled as he tried one more time. But as we all know, it’s very hard to smile and fart at the same time, so Doctor Proctor gave up.

“Finally I’ve invented something that can be used for something,” he said, smiling. “An anti-fart powder.”

“Can I try?” Nilly asked, nodding toward the strainer.

“You?” the professor asked, looking at Nilly. The professor raised one bushy eyebrow and lowered the other bushy eyebrow so that Nilly could tell he didn’t like the idea.

“I’ve tested anti-fart powder before,” Nilly quickly added.

“Oh really?” the professor asked. “Where?”

“In Prague,” Nilly said.

“Really? How did it go?” the professor asked.

“Fine,” Nilly replied, “but I farted.”

“Good,” the professor said.

“What’s good?” Nilly asked.

“That you farted. That means there isn’t anything that prevents farting yet.” He passed the spoon to Nilly. “Go ahead. Take it.”

Nilly filled the spoon and swallowed a mouthful.

“Well?” the professor asked.

“Just a minute,” Nilly mumbled with his mouth full of powder. “It sure is dry.”

“Try this,” the professor said, holding out a bottle.

Nilly put the bottle to his lips and washed the powder down.

“Whoa, that’s good,” Nilly said, looking in vain for a label on the bottle. “What is this?”

“Doctor Proctor’s pear soda,” the professor said. “Mostly water and sugar with a little dash of wormwood, elephant snail slime, and carbonation…. Is something wrong?”

The professor looked worriedly at Nilly, who had suddenly started coughing violently.

“No, no,” said Nilly, his eyes tearing up. “It’s just that I didn’t think elephant snails really existed …”


Nilly looked up, frightened. The bang wasn’t as loud as the first one that made him deaf for a minute, but this time Nilly had felt a strong tug on the seat of his pants and the cellar door had blown open.

“Oh no!” Doctor Proctor said, hiding his face in his hands.

“What was that?” Nilly asked.

“You farrrrrrted!” the professor yelled.

“That was a fart?” Nilly whispered. “If it was, that’s the loudest fart I’ve ever heard.”

“It must be the pear soda,” the professor said. “I should have known the mixture could be explosive.”

Nilly started filling the spoon with more powder, but Doctor Proctor stopped him.

“I’m sorry, this isn’t appropriate for children,” he said.

“Sure it is,” Nilly said. “All kids like to fart.”

“That’s absurd,” Doctor Proctor said. “Farts smell bad.”

“But these farts don’t smell,” Nilly said.

The professor sniffed loudly. “Mmm,” he said. “Interesting, they don’t smell.”

“Do you know what this invention could be used for?” Nilly asked.

“No,” Doctor Proctor said, which was the truth. “Do you?”

“Yes,” Nilly said triumphantly. He crossed his arms and looked up at Doctor Proctor. “I do.”

And that was the beginning of what would become Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder.

But now Nilly’s mother was standing on the steps, yelling that he had to hurry because this was his first day at his new school. And that’s what the next chapter is about.

© 2007 H. Aschehoug

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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Michele Houser More than 1 year ago
My teacher readthis to my class. I am in sixth grade and i loved it and i hope you do to. It is about an inventer who tries to make a non-fart powder but instead makes a farting powder. Much more happens but you will just have to read it. I hope you enjoy this fabulous book. Maddy Houser: )
HaNam More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 9 years old hoping that he would read. It was a hit, he loves it and mom is happy. I am going to buy the rest of the series too. My son is not your typical reader, he doesn't like anything that doesn't stimulate him especially books. No Harry Potter for him and Chronicle of Narnia, finally I found a book he takes a liking to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
chip575 More than 1 year ago
*Great book. IT can be very funny at most points. I recemend this book to anyone in the age of 10-13! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad bought thisvbook fir me hopeing i would like it and when i finnished it I told my dad "I LOVE IT BUY ME THE REST PLEASE!" and i think he is gonna buy the rest for me and i am soooooo excited:)
Riley Coler More than 1 year ago
Recommended for 4th-6th graders.
delzey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Proving that some humor is universal, this Norwegian import is a romp worthy of all the comparisons to Roald Dahl that I've read in other reviews. Tiny Nilly moves to a new neighborhood in Oslo and discovers that his neighbor, Doctor Proctor, is a bit of a nutty professor who invents wacky, seemingly useless stuff. Like an industrial-strength fart powder that doesn't smell and can hurl a human into the atmosphere. Enter the villains, a set of twin boys named Truls and Trym and their Hummer driving father who plot to steal the powder and sell it to NASA before the good doctor can. And just because this sort of premise isn't weird enough there is a man-eating snake in the sewers and the problem of there being no gunpowder to set off the cannons on Norwegian Independence Day. Oh yeah, it'll all come together in the end. If the subject of farting as an integral part of the narrative turns you off, if it would prevent you from enjoying a funny and engaging narrative, then that's a shame. While I certainly don't condone gratuitous use of potty humor to engage young readers we have, for better or worse, lost those days where a story like this could be told about belching or something more innocent. In fact if I think too hard about this there's a quite bit of The Absent Minded Professor in this story, which makes it hardly the most original idea. But Nesbo keeps things light and, uh, airy, and fills the story with bits of the preposterous that make it genuinely funny.Like flushing poor Nilly down a toilet so he can escape a prison cell and swim (yes, swim) through raw sewage in order to escape, but becomes swallowed by the boa that lives there. And there's Nilly, watching as the snake's digestive juices dissolve the rubber on his shoes, accepting his fate and not the least bit frantic (maybe a little nervous)... until he notices something promising about some of the other contents in the snake's stomach. Without giving too much away, Nilly does indeed escape and Nesbo gives this image of a snake flying out the sewer drain and flailing around the skies above Oslo's harbor like a giant balloon quickly deflating.Nesbo has, until recently, been an award-winning writer of detective fiction in Norway and this is his first foray into children's literature. Normally I get a hinky feeling when I hear about successful adult writers tapping the children's market because sometimes it feels like the author is trading on their name, and the publishers are simply going with a known quantity over seeking out quality. That isn't the case here as Nesbo clearly knows how to entertain the audience with clever, goofy humor. And I sincerely hope that the second book, Doctor Proctor and the Time Bathtub, manages to find its way to translation soon.ALA question: Could this be a contender for the Mildred L. Batchelder award, or is it not serious enough?
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typically when I see a kids' book with words such as "fart" in the title I don't give them a second glance. However, this book is written by one of my favourite thriller authors and the simple fact that he had written a children's a book was enough to make me *have* to read the book, never mind what it was called or what it was about.Surprisingly, though the book is about an invention of farting powder, there is not what I call a great deal of "toilet humour" to be found. Perhaps it's cultural, or it gets lost in translation, but the humour comes from different directions. I thought this was a delightful, funny, well-written story.Nilly is new in the neighbourhood, he is very tiny for his age. He meets neighbours Lisa on one side and Doctor Proctor on the other. Dr. Proctor lets them in on his latest invention which is a Farting Powder. When no real use for the powder can be found they decide to sell it as a novelty item to kids, but twin bullies Truls and Trym want theirs for free so Nilly gives them an extra shot in their powder which sends them flying up into a tree. Dr. Proctor has an industrial strength version of the powder which he thinks belongs safely in the hands of NASA to be used for rocketless space travel. But then someone steals the industrial strength powder for evil purposes.The story is full of excitement and adventure. Nilly finds himself in extreme situations from being sent to jail to being eaten by a boa constrictor called Anna Conda. The story also has a wonderful cultural appeal to it as well with plenty of inside jokes on Norway's size and not-so-famous status in the world. It's quite amazing that Nesbo, who writes such stunning adult thrillers, has the ability to write such a fun, whimsical children's story as well. He certainly is a talented writer. I highly recommend this. It will appeal to both boys and girls, but I'd certainly add this to any Books for Boys list. A hilarious romp. It would be great to see Nesbo come out with another children's book in the future. (Just as long as it doesn't interfere with his thrillers' schedule :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8-year-old has read four from this series, and LOVES them! What I've read along with him is funny, smart and SO well written. These are by far the best children's novels I've ever seen.
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This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dont get the sample!!! You can read more of this book in a diff. book I read. But other wise, it seems like a great book!!
dsam More than 1 year ago
I'm not reading this but my 11 year old son is and he loves it! He's now asking for extra reading  time at night and instead of going to video games when he's bored will pick this up instead. That's  everything a parent can ask for in a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the besr book ever i wonder if docter procter gave me a potion because i always fart HELP ME DOCTER PROCTER lisa your good too nilly too
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Version 1: beans beans the musicaal fruit the more you eat the more you toot. Version 2: beans beans theyr good for your heart the more you eat the more you fart. Version 3: beans beans the magical snack the more you eat the more you crack. Version 4: beans beans the wonderful green the more you eat the bigger the breeze.
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Harry potter and fart powder are two of my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can' t wait to read the second one!!!!! Hope the 2nd one is as good as the 1st one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is inspirational and i love it meet your match hunger games here come the stink :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was funny, intresting,and creative.I loved thibook so much because it had things thst ciuld happen in real life +things that cant happen= amazing.