Book Review | Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Having a child with a chronic respiratory illness (severe asthma with resulting lung scarring) has been life altering for our entire family. Therefore, I was very interested in reading the newly released children’s picture book, Sticky Icky Booger Bugs. Written by Sherry Frith it is the story of a young boy’s battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to stay out of the hospital and fully enjoy his life. The author has two boys, Kory and Kevin who were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and she was searching for a way to explain this disorder to them in a way they would understand which is how this book came to fruition.

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

The main character in this story, young Kory loves to do all the things that little boys and girls enjoy including playing soccer, running around at recess and playing in his neighborhood with his best pal. It also shows children a day in the life of a child who is living with cystic fibrosis i.e. inhalers, enzyme tablets and daily medications. When reading this story together, my seven year old daughter could relate and even though the two medical disorders are not the same, many of the symptoms and treatments are similar. She pointed at the illustration of Kory wearing a nose clip in one scene because he can be stubborn and not inhale the medication deeply letting it out through his nose instead of his mouth and commented coyly, “See Mommy, I am not the only one who does that!”

We really liked the colorful, illustrations by Carol Newell Walter (especially those dreadful icky, sticky booger bugs) and felt that it helps to bring the story to life in a way that children can best understand along with the interesting text and story line. As the mother of a medically compromised child, I can fully relate to the author’s attempts to keep her children out of the hospital because it is a daily struggle in our own home. A simple common cold or virus can be potentially life threatening to my daughter and it has been very difficult to educate our friends and their children about how dangerous it can be. It is definitely a fine balancing act to let her spread her wings and be a little girl while keeping her protected against those dreaded “sticky icky booger bugs”. After we finished reading this book, my kids asked a few questions such as, “What is a pep pill?” and then declared that “Kory is really awesome!”

This is a wonderful story not just for children afflicted with cystic fibrosis and other medical disorders but to help inform and educate all children hopefully promoting awareness and empathy. This would also be an excellent book for doctors’ offices and children’s hospitals too!

To learn more about Sticky Icky Booger Bugs and to “meet” the author and her sons you are invited to visit the author’s website, Beat Snot. It is available for purchase in paperback for the list price of $16.99 and for the kindle for $3.99!


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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