An entertainingly helpful approach to teaching kids what they all should know: Use a tissue.



This children’s picture book explains in humorous kid terms why good nasal hygiene is important and how to practice it. 

“Yes, boogers are gross,” admits this book, but they’re not just that: “This special mucus has quite a big job. / It slurps tiny germs and makes them a blob.” But where do they go when they leave your nose? In rhyming couplets, the book presents a variety of gross scenarios for how young children tend to deal with boogers: wiped on a sleeve, deposited beneath a chair, smeared on one’s face, wiped onto a dog, shoved up inside a nostril, and worse…disgustingly worse. (Readers with weak stomachs may need to skip a page or two.) What’s the problem, besides grossness? Boogers are filled with germs, so to avoid spreading sickness, children should use a tissue and throw it away properly into the trash. Not only does this help people, the boogers like it: “Your boogers work hard / And they do their best. / So please grant their wish / For soft, comfy rest.” A glossary is included. In his debut book, Andrews addresses a legitimate problem and helps kids understand the why behind hygiene rules—not in a scolding way but with humor, jokes, and silliness. His rhyming couplets scan well with an appealing rhythm. Long’s (Terrible Tom & Mabel, 2014, etc.) illustrations are funny, colorful, and all too expressive for some readers but will appeal to most kids.

An entertainingly helpful approach to teaching kids what they all should know: Use a tissue.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-93447-0

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Black Swan Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2018

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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