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Richard Was a Picker
Richard picks his nose, until one day he discovers the perils of his habit. When his finger gets stuck up his nose, Richard panics. Then his nose sucks up his arm. Before he knows it, all of him slides up his nose. Richard has become a giant booger. He propels his booger-ball self out of his house. But as he rolls down the sidewalk things get worse, way worse. Soon the who ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Orca Book Publishers
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When my older child was about eight years old, I suffered through reading How to Eat Fried Worms with him. He, of course, thoroughly enjoyed it but it’s a book that inspires a parent’s gag reflex. Richard was a Picker will stimulate that same instinct among adults. It’s the story of a boy who picks his nose until one day, his hand, then his arm, then his whole body gets sucked up his nose and he becomes a sticky ball of snot. Richard quickly devises a plan that requires getting to a local store, ...more
Ages 3-8. I was sorta hoping for a "Noses are not for picking" message to share with my son (nicknamed booger-breath). It was a really weird book (second one of the day). About a boy going inside-out by picking deeply that his finger,arm, body gets sucked inside and he actually becomes a booger blob. Lots of grossness for kids that like that sort of thing. It was a Walter the Farting Dog sort of book.
Rhymes are fun. Some of the booger descriptions at the beginning of the book had me nearly gagging. The pace of the book picks up when the boy is flipped inside out and the book resolves very nicely when the reader sees Richard knew just where to go to fix his sticky, slimy situation. I wouldn't choose to read it again.