Title Of Book: Sticky Icky Booger Bugs
Time length to read: 5-8 min
Age recommend: 5 and up
Authors: Sherry Frith
Illustrator: Carol Newell Walter
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Best place to purchase: Amazon (click word for direct link)
Price: $3.99 (Kindle) $15.29 (Paperback)
Now before you all get weirded out by the title of this book, there’s a very good reason behind it! Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, by Sherry Frith, is written about her two boys, Kory and Kevin, who were both diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This is their story of what daily life is like for a child who has Cystic Fibrosis.
I found this book very informative. I didn’t think about how much treatment it took, for even a child with cystic fibrosis. It also made me very aware of the disease. I had heard about the disease before, but didn’t know much about it. So it was interesting to learn more about it, and what life is like for someone who has it. The illustrations, down by Carol Newell Walter, were very detailed in showing how the treatment was , and did a good job in displaying the plot of the story. However, I think the coloring of the illustrations needs a little bit of work. It looked like it was just colored with crayons and would look better with different options of doing the colors of the illustrations. With that being said, I think in a way, it can go both ways. Children might relate better to the story if they see it is colored like how they would color a picture.
So if you are looking for an informative book about cystic fibrosis for children, I would recommend this one. It definitely portrays the disease in a way that children can understand it.
I was also able to do an author interview with Sherry Frith herself, check that out below.
Author Interview with Sherry Frith
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a simple person who enjoys simple things in life. I indulge in monthly manicure/pedicures and a bi-monthly hair salon visit. Amazing Grace Emulsion is my favorite indulgence.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I am the chief financial officer at a local concrete construction company. Most days I can be seen driving the highway picking up or dropping off my boys where they need to be. It is not out of the ordinary to find me cheering at a soccer, football, or baseball game during a single weekend. When my time is not consumed with my boys, I enjoy the company of delicious food and intriguing conversation.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My son Kory continues to inspire my writing. Children have a wonderful innocence; their questions and answers can bring tears of laughter or sorrow to a conversation.
How did you come up with the title?
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was born 6 years ago when Kory was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Doctor’s explained cystic fibrosis to Kory in medical terms. However, as we walked out of the building Kory asked “What does this mean for me”? I told him that he had sticky boogers that wanted to stay in him and we had to get them out. When the medical equipment arrived to help improve Kory’s quality of life we gave them all names so he could understand them and not be so overwhelmed. My heart broke knowing the challenges he would be facing with this incurable disease and felt the need to convey them in terms that he could relate to.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas from everywhere. I love to listen, look, and linger for a topic to write about.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
I want readers to feel empathy. You never know what is happening in a person’s life. My theory is that just when I feel my life is rough, someone has it rougher. I hear their story and stop the poor me woes an appreciate another day of life.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Judy Blume, led me through puberty and made me feel normal, and Danielle Steele because I am a hopeless romantic and want to believe in the impossible.=
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I think that everyone is a writer and has a story to tell.
Do you have anything specific to tell your readers?
I want to thank people for taking the time to read my book. It is so dear to my heart. To know that people are reading the book makes publishing Kory’s story worth it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free electronically, from the author in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”