cover image Noses Are Not for Picking

Noses Are Not for Picking

Elizabeth Verdick, illus. by Marieka Heinlen. Free Spirit, $7.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-57542-471-2

This ninth title in the Best Behavior series aims to guide readers’ fingers away from that most tempting of targets in the center of their faces. “Noses are for sniffing, mmmm,” writes Verdick. “But noses are not for picking, and fingers are not for licking!” (“Yuck,” thinks a pet cat in the chunky accompanying cartoon, as a curly-haired boy sticks out his tongue in disgust.) Didactic by design, the book provides children with reasons to avoid picking their noses (avoiding germs), alternatives (“Pick a tissue not your nose”), and extensive suggestions for parents wrangling with this particular habit at home. Up to age 3. (Oct.)