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The Book of Boys (for Girls) & The Book of Girls (for Boys) Hardcover – July 27, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316362107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316362108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–In this playful picture book, boys and girls go toe-to-toe in rhyming couplets. Each group is thoroughly offended by the other, and what begins with general disdain quickly–and predictably–deteriorates. By the sixth spread, the gloves are off, and both teams break out the potty humor. Boys cause girls to fight/Though they'll whine that it's not true/They'll fart out loud like dynamite/and blame the fart on you. The accompanying illustration features a fuzzy white dog hurtling out a window and through the air, borne aloft by the aforementioned explosion. Of course, in the end the children each recognize the many saving graces of the opposite gender, and everyone walks away friends. Allen's busy, cheerful illustrations don't always correspond to the text–instead of wiping boogers on his sleeve, one little boy is plainly depicted wiping them right onto his bare arm–but they still capture the tone and spirit of the narrative. The lighthearted verse is recommended for its irreverent and highly accessible–if occasionally lowbrow–appeal.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. The tip-off title sets up this verbal, physical, and emotional tug-of-war between the genders, comically expressed in rhyme. The side-by-side viewpoints of "sugar and spice" versus "snips and snails" are right on target as girls and boys fight over the remote control and the bathroom and make fart references. The predictable outcome has both sides capitulating. Lively watercolor-and-pencil illustrations enact the everyday antagonisms with plenty of humor. Boys will "steal the head off your Barbie doll / And stick it with a pin / You can plead, holler, bawl / Yet all they do is grin." There will be plenty of grinning about the facts and fancy here. Julie Cummins
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on August 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Review by Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff and SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe

At first glance this book seems as non-politically correct as one can get. In fact, it was with great hesitance that I finished reading the book to my daughter. I'm glad I did.

Given the contemporary climate of speech control and the like, broaching the subject of gender differences is a dangerous thing. David T. Greenberg does it with grace, humor, and a necessary amount of tongue and cheek. Using language a child would, he mimicks what is said on playgrounds and in school halls and in the minds of girls and boys.

From blaming flatulance on members of the opposite sex to pointing towards their lack of hygiene, Greenberg gives voice to both sides of the story. Children will laugh, grin, and agree that boys and girls are different, but they can be cool, uproarious, glorious and wondrous, too.
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