RICHARD WAS A PICKER by Carolyn Beck

RICHARD WAS A PICKER

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Booger Boy, as the neighbors not-so-affectionately call him, is unable to stop his horrible habit. Richard even creates elaborate snot-nosed dioramas with his strands of green glop. His nasty nose-picking fascination turns disastrous, though, when his finger permanently sticks up his nose and the rest of his body follows suit. The child-turned–giant-blob-of-mucus rolls through the town, collecting objects, pets and even a baby in his uncontrolled slime and attracting an angry mob. A nearby shop's spicy aroma produces a welcome sneeze, spewing out the drenched youngster and resulting in a yucky comeuppance for the harpoon-carrying locals. Though uninspired, the rhyming text clearly bounces along. “He looked like a booger, / a big gloopy blob, / an ooey, gluey goobery glob.” Bright acrylic-and–colored-pencil spreads frame stocky cartoon sketches; round, googly eyes dominate each face. Saturated in disgusting descriptions, this vile offering pointedly targets boys of a certain age, and the gross-out humor will surely elicit plenty of eews along the way. Mission accomplished. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55469-088-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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