Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith and Carol Newell Walter (Children's, Non-fiction, Picture book, 10E/10E)

July 2013, Archway Publishing, 32 pages, Ebook & paperback, Review copy

Themes:  living with chronic illness, cystic fibrosis, having extra needs, taking medication, physiotherapy

Summary from press release
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, is the tale of a boy's battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other kid. He loves recess, playing soccer, and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day!

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease. 

Sherry wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She wanted to explain aspects of the disorder using words they could understand. Helped by colorful illustrations, and the knowledge they gained, they were able to deal with the sticky icky booger bugs using simple routines to keep their cystic fibrosis at bay. This story lets children know that they are loved, no matter what their medical situation may be.

Nayuleska's thoughts 
I jumped at the chance to learn more about CF because a friend has it and somehow I don't know much about it. The book explains what the routine of someone who has CF can be like. I knew my friend had physio, I didn't realise exactly what it was for or how often she needed it, which is explained in the book. I smiled at the amount of times medicine gets taken - I take a fair number of meds with meals, but for now my friend 'beats' me in the number taken. I felt it was good that the book explained why someone at school withCF may need a drink in class-often with chronic illness little things like drinking enough can have a huge impact on the body if it is ignored. I hope that there may be another book looking further into CF, what happens at hospitals when someone with CF has to stay in and what it's like living with them because this book is informative and sent me on an internet search into physio techniques.

You can find out more on the dedicated website. And check out how to win a copy below this review!

Suggested read
For other children who live with a medical condition check out Max the Champion by Sean Stockdale (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

Competition time!
Sherry with her sons
As part of promotion for Sherry's book there's one copy of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs up for grabs! Here are the all important details: 

Competition prize: One ebook copy of Sticky Icky Booger Bugs
Who can enter: Anyone from anywhere in the world, so long as you can download an ebook. 
Competition deadline: ends 12pm Tuesday 14th January 2014
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Book Publicity Services said...

Great post! Thanks for helping spread the word about this wonderful book.

Nayuleska said...

You're most welcome - it's a good read.