PUBERTY BOY by Geoff Price

PUBERTY BOY

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A companion to Puberty Girl (2005), this well-meaning volume will be handy for parents (who don’t intend to talk with their children about sex) to leave around the house for their sons to read on their own. Emphasizing that it’s not a book about sex, Price does talk about sex, but focuses mainly on the many issues and challenges of puberty. The tone is serious, straightforward and affirming, with the message that “Boys are born, men are made,” meaning that boys can learn to make responsible and respectful decisions on the way to manhood. Topics include anatomy, masturbation, homosexuality, girls and emotional intelligence, always covered in a frank manner, with nice touches of humor. The format is colorful but busy to the point of being cluttered. Sidebars abound, and pages and text change colors, making the print difficult to read at times. Cartoons, diagrams, photographs and drawings contribute information and liveliness to the pages. A glossary and a list of Web sites make this a handy resource for boys. (acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-74114-563-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2006




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