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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.