Nose Guy

Non-Fiction - Self Help
112 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2022
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Author Biography

Ryan J Langford is a poet, writer, and author of debut coloring story book "Nose Guy".

A hobbyist; he enjoys card tricks, chess, music, and sports. As a Chicago native, he is fan to the Chicago Bears and Bulls. He is a loving brother, son, and uncle, and is very attached to his dear corgi, Burton (named after his favorite American film director Tim Burton).

As a former mental health patient, he is passionate about creating awareness for and helping others who suffer from mental illness, and volunteers his time doing so.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Nose Guy is a storybook of humorous black-and-white drawings that are meant to be colored in by readers. Author Ryan Langford describes it as a “mandala-like story,” meaning the drawings represent a deeper meaning. The book’s purpose is to allow readers to look at themselves and current situations in their lives with an eye to self-change. Some of the issues that Langford speaks about are anxiety, depression, stress, and fear. But it’s not meant for only particularly tough conditions. Langford wants his book to help even those who are simply having a bad day. Langford says he wants his readers to persevere through their misfortunes, while at the same time not simply ignoring them. Some of the humor comes from absurdities, some from puns, and others from the artwork itself. There are more than 100 drawings, and a glossary provides more information about each one. Some of the glossary entries make specific points, such as “Even if you are found destitute through life’s circumstances, it’s ok to dream big and fantasize a happily-ever-after.”

I’ve never read a book like Nose Guy before. Author Ryan Langford looks at life and its problems in a unique way that will appeal to the heart of anyone who needs some help navigating their current circumstances. No matter what situation one may be working through, Nose Guy may have faced it, too. Some of the drawings will make you laugh, others will move you with their message. But all will make you think and help you through whatever you’re facing in life. Although readers can color the drawings, doing so isn’t necessary for the book to give the help that Langford intends for it to do. I found the glossary to be helpful. Not only does it explain the drawings’ meanings, but it also has the added benefit of helping readers find a particular topic they’re looking for. I recommend Nose Guy to everyone. Even if your life is going okay right now, the time will come when you face adversity and Nose Guy will be there to help.

Vernita Naylor

Want to relieve stress, sadness, or get a lift? Pick up a copy of Nose Guy by Ryan J Langford. This book is full of funny, quirky anecdotes that you can use to help you throughout your day and have the benefit of tapping into your inner child. Go on a journey with the Nose Guy as he deals with bullies, love, and ways to be happy and encourage others to do the same. This self-help book is also a coloring book that can be instrumental in helping you to navigate those tough times while reducing your blood pressure and stress factors. Look at the Nose Guy as you would in your life when dealing with the challenges that may overwhelm you. To help you through the process there is a Nose Guy glossary associated with each scenario which provides the tools for understanding your challenges.

I enjoyed reading Nose Guy by Ryan J Langford because it was written in comic and coloring book style that gives it an easy-to-read and connect with appeal. Through its simplicity, it engages the reader, which enhances information absorption while creating a self-help environment. Your cognitive function increases and strengthens when something is easy to process and we are absorbed by what we read, hear, or see. This book is great for anyone from young readers to someone experiencing mild dementia because of the structure of the book, with large fonts and amusing illustrations to the different scenarios which help to keep the mind sharp and active. Take out those coloring crayons that I know you have hidden somewhere. Find your inner child while decompressing with this entertaining and charming book. Enjoy!

Rylanne Burdette

Nose Guy lives a fun life, but it’s also not perfect. Some days are harder than others, but Nose Guy enjoys yummy food, drives a car, likes dogs, and so much more. He’s sensitive but tough and overall lives a very full life. From flying a plane to grocery shopping to traveling, Nose Guy does a bunch of fun things, and there are often jokes written on the pages of this story to match the depicted scene. Ryan J Langford’s Nose Guy is an enjoyable little book that is sure to keep everyone who picks it up intrigued!

This was such a fun, entertaining, and interactive collection! I loved following Nose Guy around on his different adventures and day-to-day activities. I definitely feel like this could be a great coloring book for children or adults, as it’s filled with jokes, puns, and other situations that a wide range of ages would understand or be entertained by. Each page was full of scenarios featuring Nose Guy in a myriad of illustrations, some more detailed than others but all fun to look at. I was personally feeling the urge to break out my coloring pencils and crayons while reading this book, and I think others will too. For people looking for a break from the busyness of life or children wanting to color for a while, Nose Guy by Ryan J Langford is the perfect book. I would recommend it to everyone; it’s sure to bring a smile to peoples’ faces.

Asher Syed

Nose Guy by Ryan J Langford is a coloring book for adults with the intent of entertaining and the added benefit of a proactive approach to reducing anxiety. Adult coloring books are not necessarily a new concept but the number of different directions an artist can take in creating them makes each one feel like they are. Langford achieves this with a character named Nose Guy, who has the appearance of an egg with a giant circular nose, and then takes us along as we weave through the moments of Nose Guy's day and some of the higher points in his life. The pages of this book are filled with original black and white sketch work for readers to color in each of Nose Guy's memorable experiences.

A lovable character with a penchant for stinky tooting, Nose Guy runs the gamut of goofiness through actions like kicking an egg while he is down, taking Nose Gal on an augmented reality gaming app date, punching his fears and dinosaurs in the face, and fighting crime. He is quirky and weird and a big nerd with some serious flatulence, but Ryan J Langford hits it on the nose with a storyline that goes nowhere - because it's not meant to. What it is meant to do is to affirm, relax, and elicit the occasional chuckle while wielding our fattest crayon or colored pencil either inside or outside the lines. I loved the moments where Nose Guy is preparing for situations that are stressful in the best of circumstances but harmful for those who struggle with anxiety. An example of this is when Nose Guy sings in the shower to relax before a long, traffic-filled commute where he continues to sing as he...toots along. This is a wonderful piece of therapy and I continue to enjoy every second of it.