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Thursday 28 July 2011

Review: Nog and the Land of Noses

It's always a thrill to take a Bruce Whatley book into my hands - I know I'm in for an illustration sensation every time, and Nog and the Land of Noses doesn't disappoint.

From the ice cream parlor colours to the charming retro characters, this is a book anyone would bury their nose in and spend many a confuddled moment resisting the urge to lick the pages.

Nog has some kind of schnoz. But he's not alone. The entire population in the Land of Noses has some pretty preposterous probocises. There are long noses, short, noses, fat noses, thin noses, straight noses, curly noses, noses that go up and those that go down. There are even blocked noses and running noses, and noses than can be used for mining purposes (er... picked noses, yes, that's right).

But Nog's nose wasn't very special at all.

Everyone's nose seemed to have a special purpose - but not Nog. His just sat there. On his face. Doing nothing particularly special at all (except catch cold). Until... the pepper storm.

Let's just say a pepper storm is not something overly welcomed in the Land of Noses - and I'll give you one guess who manages to save the townfolk from a fate worse than sneezing.

The thing about Bruce Whatley is that his stories come straight from his illustration heart - gorgeous, clever, whimsical and utterly child-endearing. Another Whatley keeper.

Title: Nog and the Land of Noses
Author/Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Publisher: Scholastic, $26.99 RRP
Publication Date: July 2011
ISBN: 9781741698091
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book