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Bubble in the bathtub
Publication Information:
London : Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Physical Description:
425 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Also published as 'Time-travel bath bomb'.
A mysterious postcard leads Lisa and Nilly from Oslo to Paris in search of Doctor Proctor but, once there, all they find of their missing friend is a time-traveling bathtub powered by a special soap and several sinister individuals determined to do all they can to locate the eccentric inventor.
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Doctor Proctor and the kids (and the fart powder!) are back with a time traveling bathtub and a very special mission! It's another fart-tastic adventure.

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.

Author Notes

Jo Nesbø was born on March 29, 1960 in Molde, Norway. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics and business administration. He worked as a freelance journalist and a stockbroker before he began his writing career. He is the author of The Harry Hole series and The Doctor Proctor series. The 2011 film Headhunters is based on his novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters). In 2017 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title, The Thirst. He is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Tiny dynamo Nilly and his friend Lisa, first introduced in Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (S & S, 2010), return to save the day (and the doctor). At the end of their last outing, Doctor P. headed back to Paris to save the love of his life, Juliette Margarine, from having to marry evil Claude Cliche. A mysterious postcard from the past sends Nilly and Lisa on a mission to rescue him, both helped and hindered by the doctor's crazy inventions, including a time-traveling bathtub and translating nose plugs. A whirlwind tour of French history ensues, including stops at the Moulin Rouge, the Tour de France, Waterloo, the Bastille, Monsieur Eiffel's workroom, and Joan of Arc's jail cell, with our heroes changing history right and left. Chasing them through time is Raspa, Proctor's one-legged former assistant, inventor of time-travel soap, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to atone for past misdeeds. This story is darker and less icky than the first, though it still has plenty of goofy moments, a few farts, and a mostly happy ending. Buy where the first book is popular.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

A secret message on a postcard sends young Nilly and Lisa from Norway to Paris to save Doctor Proctor and reunite him with his long-lost love. There's a time-traveling bathtub involved, and Napoleon, Joan of Arc, and Gustave Eiffel all make appearances as the kids save the doctor from evil Claude Clichi. Nesbx's absurd action and nimble nonsense are thoroughly entertaining. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Spun from the quirky cast and gaseous premise introduced in Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (2010), this even sillier sequel expelled by the popular Norwegian crime novelist sends young Lisa and Nilly from Oslo to Paris and from the Middle Ages to Napoleon's tent on the eve of Waterloo. Their aim? To rescue their eccentric inventor friend Victor Proctor and the love of his youth, Juliette Margarine. Despite pursuit by Juliette's crimelord husband Claude Clich and his gang of lookalike thugs, the young folk help to reunite the lovers. They also, with help from the puissant blasting powder of the title and a bathtub time machine, save the Doctor from the guillotine, call off the battle of Waterloo, dance on the stage of the Moulin Rouge, inspire Gustave Eiffel to build a tower, trick Columbus into thinking he's landed in India and other historical feats. Though Lowery's illustrations are too rare and sketchy to have much influence and a significant character seems to have been trucked in just to be killed off later, the tale burbles comically along and everything comes out right...in the...end. (Light fantasy. 10-12)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In this follow-up to Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (2010), about the eponymous Norwegian inventor and his young friends, Nilly and Lisa, the story is less dependent on gas for energy and laughs. Dr. Proctor creates a time-traveling bathtub, which takes the characters through a tour of French history, from Waterloo to the French Revolution and to Rouen, where Joan of Arc and the intrepid Norwegians are nearly fricasseed in a fifteenth-century barbeque before the doctor's fart powder comes to the rescue. The fractured view of history follows a familiar formula, but fans of the first book's deadpan humor will enjoy this.--Morning, Todd Copyright 2010 Booklist