The book parents and educators will turn to instead of nagging their children to stop picking their nose and drinking from the carton.
As any parent or teacher will attest, all kids have bad habits from, er, time to time. They pick their nose. They hold their pee. Or pee in pools. They pick their nose. They don’t brush their teeth. They pick their nose. But we seldom stop to think that there are science lessons in these habits.
Each spread in Pick, Spit & Scratch! describes a specific bad habit, and provides multilayered reading opportunities in the form of weird, disgusting facts and jokes that ratchet up the gross factor. Bad habits are transformed into relatable concepts for kids; for example, we swallow up to a quart of snot a day—enough to fill a small milk carton.
In some cases, the author even debunks myths about bad habits by introducing counter-intuitive scientific research (boogers may actually have health benefits) or humorously turning the tables on adults (one study showed that most adults pick their noses, too).
Kids will love Pick, Spit & Scratch! because it's gross. Parents will love it because it says, 'I told you so.' The book may not break habits, but it might just make us think before we engage in them!
Julia Garstecki is an experienced teacher and author who has completed dozens of nonfiction books for children. She currently teaches writing at Goodwin College to struggling learners.Chris Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist, and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children's picture books, as well as the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy. Her comic strip, 'Violet Days' has been in print for over 19 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
Children’s & educational
8 - 12
Children's, Teenage & educational