"Beck's verse is rollicking and suitably revels in the repulsive topic...Hodson's illustrations are a delight—silly, slimy and exuberantly coloured."
Canadian Children's Book News
"EWWW! GROSS! You can just hear it from all those kids who love any book that makes adults cringe. Take Richard, for instance....please! How can kids love a guy who picks his nose and creates 'castles, farms and zoos' from his ooze? Well, if you know kids, you know that is exactly what will happen. In the hilarious words from Carolyn Beck's pen and the grossly exaggerated images from Ben Hodson's acrylic paints and colored pencils, you will find yourself reading a funny, mucilaginous story to overattentive young listeners. Everything that you, as an adult, find abhorrent, they will find hilarious and heartwarming...The story moves quickly and rhythmically from start to finish. Even adults will giggle at some of the antics; kids will find them grossly delightful! The artwork is a perfect accompaniment to the text, showing green boogers in all their glory as they vandalize the town and its people. With the final denouement, listeners will see that Richard has learned a lesson, while everyone else must deal with the aftermath of that learning."
Sal's Fiction Addiction blog
"A bouncy, rythmic text...Entertaining for fans of gross-out humor."
"Hodson's sticky green acrylics-and-colored-pencil illustrations hearken back to the anything-for-a-gag Garbage Pail Kids gross-outs of the 1980s and really take off when Richard is completely sucked into his own nose and becomes a giant ball of mucus…Icky for sure, but that's the whole point."
"Richard was a picker,
With his finger up his nose. It's quite a nasty habit As most anybody knows. ... The concept is kid-friendly In a gross, disgusting style. The pictures are hilarious and sure to make you smile."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Beck's rhyming text vividly describes the exaggerated quantities of bright green snot seen throughout this book and the panic Richard endures when he becomes 'stuck'...Oozing all over the pages of this book, [Hodson's illustrations] will elicit variations of YUCK and UGH from the audience. Fun vocabulary (gooky, clabbery, old Mrs. Rappertaffy) and entertaining animals add interest to this story. Readers, with a strong stomach, could share this humorous tale with children who are learning about hygiene, bad habits or the importance of good manners."
"An orginal, funny, gooey, and even heartwarming new picture book…Beck's imaginative poetry [ ] is fast-paced and will have adult readers laughing along…Hodson's illustrations are brilliantly done. Kids will love how he splashes every page (including the cover) with enormous green boogers that actually draw readers in instead of repelling them. To Richard's peers, he's merely a picker. To the reader, however, he's a young artist shunned for his craft."
Richard's rhymed story is filled with the gross details that both disgust and delight young readers. Richard not only picks his nose constantly but also brings forth enough goop of various kinds to construct everything from castles to submarines. But one day, to his horror, Richard discovers that he cannot get his finger out of his nose. Soon, bit by bit, all of him is sucked into his nose and is stuck there. The sticky blob that is his inside-out nose then rolls along, picking up people and things and chased by a crowd of townsfolk. Stopped finally at Ed's Spice Shop by plan, Richard's nose gives a mighty, "AAAH-AAH-CHOOOO...!" Richard emerges, Booger Boy no longer, but as the final double-page scene depicts, leaving the people totally covered in the green slime. Acrylics and colored pencils create the scenes dominated by the clumps of green stuff and characters depicted in cartoon style with bulging eyes and exposed teeth. Perhaps there is a lesson here for nose-pickers along with the comedy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Booger Boy, as the neighbors not-so-affectionately call him, is unable to stop his horrible habit. Richard even creates elaborate snot-nosed dioramas with his strands of green glop. His nasty nose-picking fascination turns disastrous, though, when his finger permanently sticks up his nose and the rest of his body follows suit. The child-turned–giant-blob-of-mucus rolls through the town, collecting objects, pets and even a baby in his uncontrolled slime and attracting an angry mob. A nearby shop's spicy aroma produces a welcome sneeze, spewing out the drenched youngster and resulting in a yucky comeuppance for the harpoon-carrying locals. Though uninspired, the rhyming text clearly bounces along. "He looked like a booger, / a big gloopy blob, / an ooey, gluey goobery glob." Bright acrylic-and–colored-pencil spreads frame stocky cartoon sketches; round, googly eyes dominate each face. Saturated in disgusting descriptions, this vile offering pointedly targets boys of a certain age, and the gross-out humor will surely elicit plenty of eews along the way. Mission accomplished.
(Picture book. 4-8)