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The Incredible Runaway Snot by Josh Pyke and Heath McKenzie

Title: The Incredible Runaway Snot

Author: Josh Pyke and Heath McKenzie

Genre: Humour

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 1st November 2020

Format: Hardback

Pages: 24

Price: $17.99

Synopsis: Ages 3+

  • Hilariously cheeky new picture book from award-

winning singer/songwriter, Josh Pyke

  • Eric the snot just wants peace and quiet, but there’s

a sudden boom in the snot population!

  • Riotously fun rhyming text
  • Illustrated by Heath McKenzie, best-selling illustrator of Andy Lee’s DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK!

Eric the snot liked his life quite a lot, stuck up a nose in a cosy old spot . . . But life for a snot is no bed of roses.
It’s snot easy for snots to stay in their noses!

A delightfully funny, runny adventure written by award- winning singer/songwriter, Josh Pyke.


Picture books that use snot and other bodily functions seem to be a popular thing – they appeal to children of all ages, and have that sense of humour that shows even the grossest things can be funny. In this instance, Josh Pyke’s story about a snot that doesn’t want to leave the nose, but is pushed to the brink when he is inundated by other snots wanting his help. What is Eric going to do? All he wants is to be left alone!

Join Eric on his journey to find peace and quiet – and have a laugh along the way.

On the surface, this book is about a snot named Eric wanting to stay in the nose he lives in, yet it also shows children and younger readers that sometimes you need peace and quiet. You don’t have to go to the extremes Eric does, but the lesson is that it teaches readers that taking time for yourself is just as important as doing what you can to help or educate others.

Using a rhyming text, the humour and lilting rhythms shine through as you read, and is the perfect book to read out loud to a class or younger children. It will teach them about rhyming and they’ll learn about rhythm and the way words flow on the page. It will also be a good tool to start teaching them language and literacy, and prepare them to recognise these patterns as they grow up and go on their reading journey.

A fun book for kids!

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