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Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Paperback – July 15, 2015
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KIRKUS REVIEW In their debut, co-authors Altman and Jacobson explain to young readers the appropriate uses for the nose, ears and mouth and what should go in them and what should not. Breakfast foods, like bacon and fried eggs, do not go in the ears or nose. Neither do toy cars, bumblebees, chopsticks, stones, small animals, or art supplies no matter how tempting it is to poke them up the nostril or through the ear canal. And why not? For one thing, Ears have really small holes that lead into your head // Sounds should enter in them and never stuff like bread! Plus, it scares doctors and parents and causes pain. Instead, the authors explain that the nose is just for smelling and the ears just for hearing. The short book turns to many examples to drive home its message, in both text and illustrations. Young children will find these examples familiar and comical the perfect combination to emphasize a point to the age group most likely to squeeze a straw or crayon where they shouldn t. A couple of the rhymes sound a bit forced Playing with your racecars? / Have fun...but this, I shout: / Toy cars up your nostrils / May never race right out. But the kids won t notice the slight stiltedness. They ll be too distracted by the amusing illustrations on every page: bright colors, animals, and a diverse cast of goofy kids playing outside, painting, and exploring the world around them. Altman, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Jacobson do a great job speaking to their audience. They acknowledge that it may be enticing to put stuff where it shouldn t go, but they don t do it sternly. Instead they bring up the repercussions with simple language and pictures, always keeping the tone light and positive. A fun, practical book that will make kids laugh and learn. --Kirkus Review
Foreword Reviews Through humor and clever rhymes, tots learn why they shouldn t stick things in their noses or ears. Considering how much young children like fitting small things in holes think of the mania surrounding Legos it s no wonder some tots wind up inserting crayons in their nostrils and ears. Any ear, nose, and throat doctor could likely brag of the bizarre things he or she has removed; one was so inspired that he penned a humorous board book to warn kids. Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!, by Jerald S. Altman, MD, and Richard Jacobson, high-contrast pictures and clever rhymes to teach children to keep hazardous objects out of their orifices. The authors begin with what should be put in one s mouth breakfast and then add: No bacon in your ears, / No fried eggs up your nose. / Even though it s tempting, / That s not where breakfast goes. From there they instruct that smells, not sticks, go in noses. Likewise, they write, Ears have really small holes / that lead into your head. / Sounds should enter in them / and never stuff like bread! Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! maintains just the right level of warning for young audiences. In place of scary discussion of medical emergencies, Altman and Jacobson caution kids while keeping the language and tone light: Keep the weird stuff out, friends, / For everybody s sake. They also rely on the illustrated facial expressions of kids, parents, and doctors to hint at the pain and worry caused by a marker stuck in a nose.The pages are notably thick and sturdy making the title perfect for repeated reads in the classroom or at home, and more than durable enough for the wear and tear of a doctor s waiting room. Altman and Jacobson cleverly use repetition to drill their safety message into young minds. Twice they repeat the refrain Don t stuff stuff in your ears. / Don t stick sticks up your nose. / Even though it s tempting, / That s not where that stuff goes. They use a similar phrasing with slight variations elsewhere in the book, thereby missing out on creating a cohesive sing-song rhythm that would have kept their valuable lesson bouncing around in young heads. Caregivers will be amused that the authors treat likely hazards such as crayons and sticks the same as more ridiculous things such as frogs and beehives, underscoring that there really is nothing curious toddlers won t try to jam in their ears and nose. Yet the ultimate audience is kids, because in reading Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!, curious tots will get to see what happens when you stick a lollipop in your ear, without having to endure the resultant headache. --ForeWord Reviews
This is a book that should be in every hospital waiting room that treats children for ear, nose and throat problems. In a book loaded with levity, the book does not lose its mission which is to educate our young people regarding foreign bodies and misplacing them in different orifices of our bodies. This is a must-have for all families, doctors and institutions that treat or see children on a regular basis. --Rande H. Lazar, M.D.
About the Author
DR. JERALD ALTMAN is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT Doctor). After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children's book dealing with a common problem in his practice.
Dr. Altman is recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc. He is a general Otolaryngologist and he loves taking care of children's ear, nose and throat issues. The idea for this book came from his pediatric patients and their incessant need to put things where they shouldn't go!
Co-author RICHARD JACOBSON Studied architecture at Yale University and has spent most of his adult life designing interiors, landscapes, tablescapes, clothing... and just about anything else that can be fashioned in a creative way. He lives in Phoenix and enjoys training dogs, birds and topiaries in his spare time. Once collaborating with Altman's seven-year old daughter on a painting for her newly-decorated bedroom, her mother asked her how she had enjoyed the experience. She replied bluntly--"He's a little controlling." Years later, her accurate judgment tempered the rhyming verses he used to gently guide young children's behavior.
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so I think they got the message.