THE FINGER AND THE NOSE by Paula  Merlán

THE FINGER AND THE NOSE

From the "Somos8" series
by ; illustrated by ; translated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A girl, her finger, and her nose work to find common ground in this peculiar picture book.

A funky Spanish import tells the tale of a finger that takes up residence in protagonist Sophie’s nose, with no plans to vacate any time soon. Her parents have warned her that chronic nose-picking will have dire consequences, but she just can’t resist, and eventually, her finger—named Tim—turns the nose into a cozy home. Sophie’s nose expands to accommodate the finger’s various activities until she realizes that her nose is in danger of reaching the ground. Her parents are present through her crisis but gently encourage her to figure out a solution on her own. Sophie and her finger practice creative problem-solving to ensure that everyone feels satisfied. Gómez’s bright and playful doodles prevent this story from straying too far into gross-out territory. A cutaway drawing of the plush and stylishly decorated interior of Sophie’s nose is simultaneously charming and disgusting. The texts in the Spanish and English editions differ noticeably, though the message of working collaboratively to overcome conflict shines through in both. Characters are all depicted as white.

Readers who pick this quirky book will uncover a sweet story of cooperation under all that snot. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-84-17123-78-9
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: nubeOCHO
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2019




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