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Bubble in the Bathtub

by Jo Nesbo
Illustrator Mike Lowery
Translated by Tara F. Chace

Aladdin | November 15, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Bubble in the Bathtub is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
The Fart Powder was such a successful invention that Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa couldn’t stop there. Next up: a time-travelling bathtub. You just hop in, lather up the Time Soap, and wish for where you’d like to go. Doctor Proctor has plans for this new invention. You see, he lost his true love years ago, when Juliette Margarine married an evil count. The good Doctor has never quite gotten over this, and he''s going back to change it. But when things go wrong, it''s up to Nilly and Lisa to travel back in time to right all wrongs and reunite the two lovebirds. Nothing is quite so simple in a Jo Nesbo book. Enter a herd of hippos, a scheming assistant, and Time Soap that keeps going awry, sending Nilly and Lisa to the storming of the Bastille! Fortunately, as in every Jo Nesbo book, the Fart Powder solves everything.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 1.3 in

Published: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416979751

ISBN - 13: 9781416979753

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Travel Back in Time through France's History via a Bathtub Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Lisa and Nilly receive a postcard from Doctor Proctor in Paris, France with an 1888 French stamp on it. The card is written in code. When they have figured out the message, they realise Dr. Proctor has gone back in history to rescue his beloved Juliette Margarine and now he needs their help. So the two pack a few supplies including a baggie of Fart Powder, jump in the bathtub and set off for Paris 1888. Things get mixed up and Nilly and Lisa end up in separate places and the two of them travel through French history sometimes meeting up with Doctor Proctor or Juliette Margarine. They visit an early Tour de France race, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, the Battle of Waterloo and Gustave Eiffel. But all the while they are being tracked by Dr. Proctor's former assistant, now evil, who wishes revenge against him. I enjoyed this story and thought it was fun. I enjoyed the historical sidetracks and the tongue in cheek jokes about the historical figures. The book has various big humor scenes and Nilly and Lisa are a pleasure, just as they were in the first book. However, I do have some issues with this second book in the series. Both books are recommended by the publisher for ages 8-12 and the first book is certainly within that age range and would even make a great read aloud for ages 5-7. This book, however, is written for a different audience. The older end of the age range, say 10-12. The silly goofy humour is more subtle and not so obvious, if one doesn't know who the historical figures are or about the time periods the fun is going to be lost on the reader and finally, the grown-up love story between Doctor Proctor and Juliette Margarine (while very low key) is going to turn off some boy readers. I know my son would flip at all the times the word "love" is used. I won't be passing this one onto my son for bedtime story reading as I know it's not his type of book, at all. Myself, I'm glad I read it and did enjoy it, though I wish it was more like the first book. A third book has already been written in Norway, so we can expect another coming to North America sometime in the future and I will be reading it, hoping for a return of the more farcical storyline of "Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder". Fortunately, the book does not rely on any events from the first book for its plot, though some events are summarized, and they can be read independently of each other.
Date published: 2011-02-13

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Bubble in the Bathtub

by Jo Nesbo
Illustrator Mike Lowery
Translated by Tara F. Chace

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 1.3 in

Published: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416979751

ISBN - 13: 9781416979753

About the Book

The Fart Powder was such a successful invention that Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa couldn't stop there. Next up: a time-travelling bathtub. You just hop in, lather up the Time Soap, and wish for where you'd like to go. Doctor Proctor has plans for this new invention. You see, he lost his true love years ago, when Juliette Margarine married an evil count. The good Doctor has never quite gotten over this, and he's going back to change it. But when things go wrong, it's up to Nilly and Lisa to travel back in time to right all wrongs and reunite the two lovebirds. Nothing is quite so simple in a Jo Nesbo book. Enter a herd of hippos, a scheming assistant, and Time Soap that keeps going awry, sending Nilly and Lisa to the storming of the Bastille! Fortunately, as in every Jo Nesbo book, the Fart Powder solves everything.

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The Postcard from Paris THERE WAS TOTAL silence in the gymnasium. Nothing was making a sound—not the twelve sets of brown wooden climbing bars along the walls, not the old pommel horse covered in cracked leather, or the eight gray well-worn ropes hanging motionless from the ceiling, or the sixteen boys and girls who made up the Dølgen School Marching Band and who were now all staring at Conductor Madsen. “Ready …,” Mr. Madsen called out. He raised his baton, and squinted at them through his dark aviator sunglasses. Mr. Madsen, with dread in his eyes, searched hopefully for Nilly. He knew the other kids in the band teased the redheaded trumpet player because he was so tiny, which of course he was. But unlike the other band members, the little guy had some musical ability. Maybe he could turn things around today. Since Mr. Madsen didn’t see Nilly, he looked over at the only friend Nilly had—Lisa, who played the clarinet. She was the only one in the band who always practiced at home. Maybe there was hope after all. “Set …” Everyone put their instruments to their lips. It was so quiet that the sounds of the warm October afternoon outside could be heard: birds singing, a lawn mower humming, and the laughter of little, snotty-nosed kids playing. But inside the gym it was dark. And it was going to get even darker. “Go!” Mr. Madsen yelled, swinging his baton in a majestic arc. At first nothing happened, and the
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From the Publisher

The Fart Powder was such a successful invention that Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa couldn’t stop there. Next up: a time-travelling bathtub. You just hop in, lather up the Time Soap, and wish for where you’d like to go. Doctor Proctor has plans for this new invention. You see, he lost his true love years ago, when Juliette Margarine married an evil count. The good Doctor has never quite gotten over this, and he''s going back to change it. But when things go wrong, it''s up to Nilly and Lisa to travel back in time to right all wrongs and reunite the two lovebirds. Nothing is quite so simple in a Jo Nesbo book. Enter a herd of hippos, a scheming assistant, and Time Soap that keeps going awry, sending Nilly and Lisa to the storming of the Bastille! Fortunately, as in every Jo Nesbo book, the Fart Powder solves everything.

About the Author

Jo Nesbø was born on March 29, 1960. He is a Norwegian author and musician. As of September 2008 more than one and a half million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated into over 40 languages. Nesbø was born in Oslo, Norway. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration with a degree in Economics. He was a stockbroker before deciding to become a writer. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novel series about Detective Harry Hole, this series includes the book entitled, The Snowman.

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