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Richard Scrimger. The Nose from Jupiter
Tundra Books  $9.99  ISBN 0-88776-428-2  156 pg.

Reviewed by
Patrick, Age 11

As he moved in he said, ďItís a big place, your nose. Thereís a back room, a kitchen and bathroom, and a garage.Ē
ďWhatís in the garage?Ē I asked.
ďA spaceship! How else do you think I got here?Ē

The Nose from Jupiter
was a hilarious book about Alan Dingwall and his newest friend, Norbert, who just happens to live in his nose. It is the first book in a four-book series. Alan and Norbert get into a lot of trouble together, partly because Alan shuts up but Norbert wonít. Still, they get through the rough times together. Only who knows whatís in store for those two next!

Richard Scrimger is the author of The Nose from Jupiter. He won the Mr. Christieís Book Award for this particular book. Iím not surprised. Richard Scrimger has also written three other books for this series. They include Nose for Adventure, Noses are Red, and The Boy from Earth. He is an excellent author. I would recommend this novel to any boy or girl ages 10-14. But more specifically, the 11 or 12-year-old age group, who will best relate to the main character.

This book was probably the best comedy-fiction book I have ever read. It is definitely on my top 10 or even my top 5 list, and will be for quite some time. I really thought it was suitable for the 10-14 year old age group because you read about stuff that young adolescents go through everyday. It is real, both the characters and the plot. Well, not the alien. But it is something that kids can relate to. I think when Richard Scrimger wrote this book for this particular age group (10-14) he nailed it on the head. This has very descriptive literature. I could feel Alanís emotions, I could see the world around him, I could hear Norbert bad-mouthing everyone, I could smell Norbert's spaceship gas, and his friendís momís cooking, and I could taste the blood that came with his problems. It was that good.

To be honest with you, at first I thought, ĎThe Nose from Jupiter Ö  what a silly idea.í But I got to read the book and I fell in love with it. Give this book a try; youíll love yourself for it. Richard Scrimger brings it to the table. And for all the other books I review, they better watch out. Iím saying that because The Nose from Jupiter has set the bar. After reading this book I have new expectations. I canít wait to get my hands on the three other books in the series.

I give The Nose from Jupiter 5 stars.

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