How can you read the title of this book and not want to read it? I’m going to be honest, I totally bought Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder for it’s title. And the fact that’s it written by one of the most famous crime writers, it’s hilarious to me.
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.
That synopsis sounded so much fun, and I’m gonna be real, this book IS fun! I laughed a lot while reading it, it’s definitely a book for a younger child (I’d say about 7/8 years old if they read it by themselves, but this book is great for younger children too) as the writing style is simple, but the story line is hilarious. It’s also very relateable, Nilly is really small, and is really clever, but the book doesn’t make fun of that, it just points it out. Lisa is sad because her best friend moved away and she’s really lonely, and of course there have to be some bullies. Well, “of course”, sadly would be the better term. The giant snake in the sewer is something we don’t want to think about that could happen so I guess, that isn’t relateable unless you live some place like Australia or South Africa.
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder is a really quick read, I think I finished this book in about 2 hours and it’s a fun book. One that you should read if you are in a reading slum or just need a light read.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and you can buy it here!