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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; English Language edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061709999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061709999
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buy it for fun." Newbury Weekly News --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Alec Greven has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Today show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. Alec is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Talk to Girls, How to Talk to Moms, How to Talk to Dads, and How to Talk to Santa. Alec lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his family.


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I gave it to my boyfriend and told him this is the book he can read to our son!
Maria E. Martinez
Adults should enjoy this book just for remembering what it was like growing up - and kids should like this book because it was written by one their peers.
Lessandra Lee
A tip like, "To get a girl to like you, talk to her and get to know her" is great advice, why couldn't the book have more of this kind of straight talk?
Kirsten G. Cutler

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Hess on August 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a very clever book. It tells boys how to talk and act around girls without a lot of big words and explanation. I know as a parent, when my son asks me questions, I tend to go overboard and overexplain. I worry that he won't get it. But perhaps I need to learn from this 9 year old author and just keep it simple.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Drape on February 14, 2009
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I am a middle school, high school teacher. I have read this book to several classes, and they love it. It is a jumping off point for their own feelings and makes a great writing assignment for them as well.
It's rare when kids ask you to read a book to them over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skylar Lima on January 9, 2014
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I gave this to a guy in my youth group as a gag-gift, because he tends to be rude with a lot of the girls. It was a huge hit, everyone including himself laughed when they saw it, and he immediately opened it and began using it on his girl friend.
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59 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on January 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Greven, Alec. How to Talk to Girls. Illustrations by Kei Acedera. Collins. 2008.

Even if this book is intended to be funny, it is not because it perpetuates stereotypical ideas, "girls win most of the arguments and have most of the power" and "It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have the big earrings, fancy dresses, and all the jewelry." The follow-up statement, "the best choice for most boys is a regular girl" is unfortunate: the implication that a regular girl is not pretty, or a pretty girl is not regular is not a healthy one for young children to read. A tip like, "To get a girl to like you, talk to her and get to know her" is great advice, why couldn't the book have more of this kind of straight talk? Instead more unfortunate comments follow: "If the girl you like is wild, then act just like her. This is hardly good advice. "It is also good to give gifts" is counsel that supports our already over materialistic culture. This silly book written by a nine year old boy is exploitative as is all the hoopla from the media.
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Grandson wanted this. he's happy, then I'm happy!
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By pantinator on May 3, 2014
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I can see this being an ok book for a child to read around 10 years old. The problem is that it is extremely short. One other problem is that Alec's "statistics" are simply subjective guesses he has made. I work to teach my children critical thinking. For them to be getting "facts" from this book, that are essentially fiction, is a dangerous road to take.

Sure, he's cute and writes "self-help" books for kids, but maybe he could model good thinking and writing by not just pulling information out of his keister.

Passages like, "Girls are always right", is cute for an adult to read, but could be damaging to a 10 year old boy who is truly curious about girls. It also sends the wrong message to young girls who may read it.

My two kids, ages 8 and 10 finished it in under 15 minutes.
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By clarissa on March 18, 2014
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I taught fourth grade and the boys in the class read this book non-stop. One or two parents got all offended, came in all mad because they heard about "some book". When they actually read it they calmed down. The girls would read it and say, "yeah". The boys would read it and go, "oh, now I get it".
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By Katie Alston on February 19, 2014
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Such a cute book! Get it for a joke or even if someone really needs to know how to talk to girls!
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