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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

Fall 2017 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 13 yrs.
ISBN: 978-1-68337-026-0
Hardcover Price: $12.99

My first (and guilty) thought reading this straight-forward and genial book about puberty was that I'd probably forgotten to tell my now adult son over half of the things it. I did, however, ask him to read it, at 18, for his opinion and he gave it a solid thumbs-up for the same reasons I do.

From its cute and colorful illustrations, to the just-goofy-enough humor, there was little if anything that might embarrass or scare off a potential reader - it's extremely approachable. Beyond that, it's informative and thorough.

In seven simple chapters, Guy Stuff covers everything from moods to personal care, and within those bigger topics are things like the importance of exercise and nutrition, how to shave and even tips on concealing an inconvenient erection.

It's much more than a how-to book, though. It also clearly explains what body changes to expect and when, and more importantly reassures readers that these things vary from person to person - and that's perfectly normal. Dr. Natterson, a pediatrician, in her candid but easygoing style stresses one underlying message which is: every one of you is different and you're all fine.

Regardless of how thorough any parent is in covering puberty, there's a good chance something gets missed and whatever it is, Dr. Natterson has likely covered it in this book. The intended audience is young male adolescents - i.e., boys approaching or beginning puberty - so sex, or reproductive, education isn't covered. The Body Book for Boys is simply that - a short but thorough and forthright guide to the different ways boys' bodies and minds change en route to becoming men. Highly recommended.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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