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With a title like 'Why eating Bogeys is good for you', I knew that this book was going to be an ideal birthday present for my ten year old nephew. He is a bit of a reluctant reader but seems to love anything with a slightly naughty title! I was right - as soon as he opened this present he was intrigued and got right into the book straight away!
This is actually a factual book and it says on the cover that there are many crazy facts explained. It answers questions such as 'why we have tonsils'; 'is there any cream in cream crackers' alongside 'if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches - what happens to all their pooh?' Many nights I have lain awake pondering the answer to that last one!!
Inside the book is dedicated to bogey munchers everywhere!
The book is organised in such a way that it tells you where you can find questions about various different categories such as animals, books, creepy crawlies, numbers and words to name but a few. Oh, and of course, it tells you where you can find questions about bogeys!
There is actually only the one question about bogeys which is the same as the title of the book. This is the first question answered and unsurprisingly the one my nephew turned to first! Now I'm sure that you are all dying to know whether the act of eating bogeys is really good for you! Well, within the quite lengthy answer (I never knew there was so much to say about bogeys!) we are told that an austrian doctor called Dr Friedrich Bischinger says that people who pick their noses are healthier, happier and probably more in tune with their bodies than people who don't! And apparently it's also a great way of strengthening the body's immune system! There is nothing anywhere in the book to suggest that any of this is made up, so I can only arrive at the conclusion that the author is telling the truth!
Incidentally, this book is written by Mitchell Symons who is a writer, broadcaster and journalist and was responsible for writing a lot of the questions on the early additions of Trivial Pursuit!
Going back to the bogey question my nephew loved reading all about this and subsequently telling everyone that they should eat their bogeys! I think all of the answers are written in a fairly straight forward way which probably makes this book suitable from about the age of seven years upwards. It also seems to me that it is likely to have a very strong appeal for mischievous inquisitive boys, but of course that doesn't rule out girls enjoying it too. I think that the main requirement though in order to enjoy it is to have a wacky sense of humour! On the cover we are told that it was selected for 'the best books for boys' list!
I was intrigued to find out what some of the other answers were like so my nephew picked some at random. We found out that dusters are yellow because yellow is a cheerful colour and also because dirt shows up more against it! We also have tonsils to stop germs entering our bodies through our mouths! I never knew that! One more thing we found out is that the reason we have eyebrows is to keep sweat out of our eyes! As you can see the questions answered are very wide and varied. I think the title of the book suggests that it's all going to be a bit flippant and silly but it is not! There are lots of very interesting facts to be discovered - often related though much humour and accompanied by some very funny black and white cartoon drawings!
However, I do think that the title is very clever because it does seem to lure those reluctant readers to open a book where many others have failed. Also, because it is organised in lots of small sections with big headings it is very readable and the sort of book that children can dip in and out of. Therefore, if you have a reluctant reader at home with a strange sense of humour this could just be the book for them.
My nephew's copy is a hardback version and is published by Random House with a RRP of £7.99. I'm sure if you do buy it it will provide hours of interest and amusement for all the family!
Ever wondered why we have tonsils? Is there any cream in cream crackers? Why is the sea blue? And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?! Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80! And yes, eating bogeys is good for you...but only your own!