Booger Beard

Booger BeardWritten and illustrated by: Vincent Navarrette  
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 40 pages, Full Color, $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-62010-220-6

Review by: Diamond BookShelf

For those readers or recommenders who may be sensitive to any sort of bodily function, be warned: the title of this graphic novel tells you exactly what you're in for. What it doesn't tell you, though, is that you're also getting a fun, charming story for young readers that happens to teach a little Spanish in the process.

The story centers on young Mijo who, just before his mother can give him lunch, lets loose with a great sneeze that leaves him with the titular facial covering. While his mom naturally wants to clean it off, Mijo protests, explaining in colorful detail all the cool things he could do with his new-found beard (Luchador! Pirate! Lawn Gnome!). His mother remains unimpressed by his arguments, and finally comes up with a foolproof plan to deal with this new development.

Booger Beard offers a quick, engaging read for kids in first through fourth grade. Along with the slightly gross premise, it also features a number of words and phrases in Spanish, which are explained through translation, context, and finally a glossary in back. Overall, Booger Beard is an entertaining way to introduce Spanish to young readers, or give them a story they'll find fun or yucky, or both.