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THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE by Viviane Schwarz

THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE

By Viviane Schwarz (Author) , Joel Stewart (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7636-1674-5
Publisher: Candlewick

Schwarz and Stewart, in their first effort, have created a charming, original twist on the old “where-do-I-fit-in” theme, with a runaway nose looking for his special place in the world, “a place to fit in and stick out.” He trots along in proper gray slacks and brown lace-up shoes (with his legs extending from his nostrils), traveling around his town (a library, a restaurant, a theater) and then sniffing out new locations around the world (a mountaintop, an iceberg, a Middle Eastern market). In each setting, as the nose pauses, elements of the background provide eyes and a mouth, subtly showing that he does indeed fit in wherever he goes. At last, he consults a doctor, who explains that the world must fit around a nose, who is by nature in the middle, sticking out. The final spread shows the nose in an exuberantly existential tabletop dance, celebrating with characters from the previous pages. Stewart’s stylish, witty illustrations offer one full-page illustration (with the fun of finding the eyes and mouth) and smaller, related illustrations on the facing pages that complement the text. Will this beautifully designed story help children on their own existential journeys to both fit in with the crowd and yet stand out as individuals? Who knows? (Picture book. 4-8)