Here at BookPage, we've been thinking a lot about books for boys. (See: Reading Corner from November 12 and this interview with Jon Scieszka).

So, I took special notice when I saw on Publisher's Marketplace that Doctor Proctor and the End of the World. Maybe.—part three in Jo Nesbo's Doctor Proctor series—has been sold to Aladdin and will be published in 2012. Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder came out in December of 2009 and Bubble in the Bathtub (part 2 in the series) comes out on January 4.

Most of you are probably more familiar with Nesbo's work for adults—like The Devil's Star, BookPage's March Mystery of the Month. Whodunit columnist Bruce Tierney has called Nesbo's protagonist Harry Hole "one of the most compellingly flawed protagonists in contemporary suspense fiction," and the Norwegian author is touted (okay, on his own website) as "Europe's New Star of Crime Fiction."

So what's a crime writer doing writing books about kids who befriend a mad professor (who has invented a powder that makes you fart)?

Simon & Schuster has posted a funny—because it's so serious—video of Nesbo talking about his inspiration for this fun (and fart-ful) series:

Anyone excited about Doctor Proctor, part 3?

Also in BookPage: We interviewed Nesbo for a March edition of BookPageXTRA. You can read that Q&A here.

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