Growing up with asthma, I clearly remember reading some simple books about the disease sent home with me from my asthma doctor. Reading those age-appropriate books helped me better understand my ailment. Therefore, when recently offered the opportunity to review Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith with illustrations by Carol Newell Walter, I jumped at the opportunity.
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs focuses on a day in the life of a young boy living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a lifelong genetic disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. The author, Sherry Frith, wrote the book after her two sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She wanted to give her children a gift that would explain their disease to them in kid-friendly language. Sticky Icky Booger Bugs describes the routines necessary to keep a child with cystic fibrosis out of the hospital.
Recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a great way to teach young readers about the disease. Children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis can learn to better understand their medical needs through the age-appropriate language. However, even children without the disease can learn about cystic fibrosis through the story.
Cystic fibrosis requires a strict routine of medications and other medical practices to manage. Sticky Icky Booger Bugs offers a great overview of the disease in terms that even the youngest child can understand. Instead of talking about the disease in hard to understand medical terminology, the book uses kid-friendly alternatives such as “sticky icky booger bugs,” “shaker,” and “pep pills.” Children with the illness can learn not to fear the medical routines that come with cystic fibrosis through the fun language in the book.
Illustrated by Carol Newell Walter, the pictures in Sticky Icky Booger Bugs are simple but still bring the story to life. The illustrations are very simply drawn, keeping the focus on the information in the text. The style of the pictures is very much inline with other health books for kids.
Final Verdict: Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith with illustrations by Carol Newell Walter is a perfect book for a child diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The story explains the disease in age-appropriate terms that younger children can more easily understand. The pictures help illustrate the important information in the story. I highly recommend to Sticky Icky Booger Bugs to any child facing a cystic fibrosis diagnosis.
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is available for purchase on Amazon for $15.29 in paperback or $3.99 via Kindle.
Front Cover of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs © 2013 Heather Johnson
Back Cover of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs © 2013 Heather Johnson