The Nose That Nobody Picked
by David Parkin
Shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award 2017
One day, Christopher, a keen but unorthodox gardener, finds a living nose raised by slugs in his garden. In their hunt to find Little Big Nose a face, they encounter Doctor Skinner, an eccentric plastic surgeon, who has connections with nose’s past and sinister intentions for his future.
A surreal, snotty, rip-snorting yarn for all the family, The Nose That Nobody Picked is also thoughtful and poetic. A love of nature runs though the book and the story is peppered (not salted) with whimsical slug philosophy.
Ultimately The Nose That Nobody Picked is about belonging and family, as both Little Big Nose and Christopher ‘follow their trails’ back to their missing fathers. Hilarious and thought-provoking, it will appeal to 5-11 year olds.
"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." Net Galley Reviewer USA 2018