THE NOSE THAT NOBODY PICKED
Shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award 2017
NET GALLEY REVIEWER USA 2018
Creative, humorous, and well-executed. It’s like Kafka meets Douglas Adams and I have to say I wish I had written it first. A most enjoyable book.
ELAINE BRENT Dec 2018
What a very original story and scenario this fun story proved to be. Imagine going out to garden but amongst the plants you discover a nose! Not just any nose, either, as this nose moves and talks! Well, I did tell this is a different story as that’s exactly how this adventure starts!
With laugh out loud moments as well as suspense this is a brilliant read for middle grade readers and one they’ll probably be enthralled by. There’s the mystery of the nose’s origins, a mad, bad scientist and a brother and sister to the rescue in the story which I highly recommend for children who enjoy reading fantasy adventure books with chapters - and as a great book for teachers and parents to check out, too!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Lindsay Fernsler NET GALLEY REVIEWER 2018
This was a very cute book. It's about a nose who's mom and dad were slugs and were killed by salt. Great story, even better ending. I highly recommend.
ANNA BRANSON SEPT 3 2017
This book was an extremely interesting and original idea. I have never heard of a book with a moving, talking or walking nose before! I couldn't stop reading - I read it in two hours.
KATHERINE REEVES AUG 22 2017
I loved this book immensely because it included a clever plot twist. I've never read anything like it before: the idea behind it is fantastic! It has a very satisfying end and I recommend it to anyone who fancies something new.
TOM GRIFFITHS Nov 15th 2016
The Nose That Nobody Picked is a book about a ten year old boy named Christopher. Christopher is a keen, but unorthodox gardener who likes to make ornamental displays with gnomes and toys. One day, while he is out gardening, he hears a sneeze. When he goes to check, he finds a living, breathing nose! However, one day to his dismay, he finds that Little Big Nose has been kidnapped ... and so the hunt begins!
I love this book because it's packed with humour and each chapter makes you want to read on to find out what happens next. I especially liked the part with the toy soldier swamp and the headless doll zombies. I also like how the nose loves cabbage and lettuce.
This book is very well written and a joy to read. It is suitable for ages 9+. Overall, just a brilliant book!
DAVID PARKIN'S DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
An installation for DeStressFest at Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester.
Curated by G Sian
VISITOR BOOK COMMENTS
Now – what an installation! Very revealing in its honesty. Well done Dave!
Aye up. Brill exhibition Dave. Nice to speak to you about the work briefly and I hope to see more of your work. Good luck with everything dude. x
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. LAUGHED OUT LOUD AND CRIED SILENTLY! A GREAT INSIGHT OINTO YOUR MIND AND THE BRADGATE UNIT. I OFTEN WONDERED! GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE TOO! INSPIRATIONAL.
Very interesting! The combination of written word with the room installations and things to listen to/art to look at was a great combination. Very enjoyable!
This was extremely good. I loved every second.
Honest, poignant, funny.
Illuminating, thought provoking, honest, stimulating, creative, funny, difficult, challenging, heartrending. Oh … and f***ing brave! Thank you.
As a therapist working for the NHS in Leicester, I think this is such an excellent way to gain an understanding of the experience of people accessing out services. Thanks so much for sharing your story Dave.
Very honest. Very intense, open and beautiful!
Very beautiful and a lovely thing to experience. Thank you.
Amazing and honest piece of work. Thank you.
Brilliant, made me do a little cry at the end. x
Good to hear things from the other side other than medical.
Very emotional to walk around and read David’s story. I think the whole show conveys such an internal understanding of something most (thankfully) will never experience. A tour is a must.
Exceptional in so many ways –
AAC permission to hand over power to artists and watch them fly.
Fantastic to see David’s notes, drawings and stories come to life! Thank you for your honesty and reflection.
Thank you, I found myself reflecting on a situation I was involved in.
Revealing, honest and moving. A window into Dave’s world. Stunning! Thanks!
Amazing exhibition. I did not want to leave. So open and honest. Greatly inspired by it. And given hope. Thank you.
BEAUTIFUL! LIKE DAVE. VERY PARKIN. NO PARKIN!
Loved it. Enlightening and inspiring. x
Raw and honest. Thank you for sharing. So connected. x
I feel like I have been taken on a journey which has informed me about the very real of you and your NHS experience and have a better understanding of mental health as a result. Thank you.
EMPOWERING. INSPIRING. SUCCESSFU.
Fantastic achievement. Great success. The live performance. Glad to support Bradgate Writers.
Could relate to every bit of it. Honest, enjoyable and very inspiring. Loved it.
Brilliant. I can relate to what has been created. Well done you!
Awesome seeing experience through a patient’s eyes of mental health. Example why more funding, understanding and facility to support people. x
So important. An unimaginable experience made real. So much hope that as many people see this as possible.
Dear Dave. Your installation is wonderful. It’s honest, brave, touching, funny and dark. Most of all it shines light on your experience and lets us all see that you have found the person you like, a creative kind man. All the best! x x
Well done Dave – good luck with the e-book!!
Thank you for sharing – I found it very moving and powerful. It will help people.
FANTASTIC EXHIBITION. THANK YOU.
Excellent exhibition. Insightful, thought provoking. Images, soundtracks and installation. Great reflection of the artist’s experience.
Lovely, expressive. Writing enabling the reader to be part of the story. Truly inspirational.
Great. Moving. All the psychiatric staff of Leicester should be made to see it. Be good to see you back in the writing class.
Thank you for your truth and openness, it is entertaining and moving in equal measure.
Really interesting and enlightening.
I really enjoyed this exhibition. Very funny and sad.
Agree with this.
Enlightening. Hilarious. Sad. Hope to see the text in a book!!
Important things to say and very entertaining. Wish it could be less dehumanising…
Hilarious and insightful. Beautifully written excerpts.
You have validated my deeply held value of art. Buzz me if you want a fag.