Title: Nog and the Land of Noses
Author: Bruce Whatley
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Publisher: Scholastic, $26.99 RRP
Themes: talent, self image, being special, noses, vocation, call, the importance of someone who believes in you
Bruce Whatley often has me asking, what comes first, the drawing or the story… Does one draw a world of noses then decide to write a story, or does one write a story about a world of noses then go ahead with the illustrations?
Bruce creates a world where people all have astounding noses, picked noses for mining, running noses, long noses, short noses, each nose with its own unique gifts and talent.
And it’s in this world we meet Nog, with an incredibly useless nose, not short enough, not long enough, unremarkable in every way’ not special at all.
Until one day a pepper storm came his way…
And in the world of noses a pepper storm is a disaster.
This is a funny story with illustrations that carry the silliness and humour all the way to our hero’s big moment.
And what font is that gorgeous story told in? I want it now.