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The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU (Boys World Books) Paperback – August 1, 2007

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“Children deserve correct answers to their questions in clear, basic terms...In addition to talking to your child about the inevitability of puberty, give him books about the topic so he can explore the topic on his own…The Boy’s Body Book, by Kelli Dunham, is a great introductory guide to questions relating to puberty, relationships, bullying, school pressure, peer pressure, healthy living, and stressful situations. " (Lauren Knight, The Washington Post)

“A great buy for any parent worried about navigating puberty and everything that comes with it.” (Clint Edwards, No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog)

“Research in a digestible soundbite? Sign us up for more of those please...We laughed out loud and then had the great conversation that you always hope will start when you hand your kid a book like this one.” (Erin Dymowski and Ellen Williams, Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms)

“Dunham is a registered nurse and a comedian who has assembled experts—including a Coach of the Year and a professor who researches adolescence—to create an informative and fun-to-read resource.” (― Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun 2012)

“Aimed at boys ages 10+, this book has lots of sidebars and funny cartoon illustrations, making it easy to pick up and read on any page. It covers a lot of ground, but in a light way.” (Debbie Abrams Kaplan, Frisco Kids)

“As boys reach adolescence, everything changes…But even if they won’t say what’s on their mind, they still want straight answers. The Boy’s Body Book provides them, in a readable, reassuring, and illustrated guide…He’ll learn about what’s going on physically (vocal changes, body hair) and how to handle academic pressures, deal with feelings, make new friends, and stay safe through it all.” (Park Slope Parents, “Tween Suggested Book/Reading List”) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN is a nurse, comedian, and author of the bestselling books for pre-teens, The Girl's Body Book and The Boy's Body Book.

Steve Björkman has illustrated more than eighty books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy. He also creates greeting cards with his brother through Recycled Paper Greetings. Steve lives in California with his wife and three children. You can visit him online at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Boys World Books
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Applesauce Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933662743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933662749
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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331 of 341 people found the following review helpful By SPri on September 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
My husband and I were very impressed at how well this book dealt with 'touchy' or sensitive topics without being offensive. This book is not graphic. It is straight to the point without sharing any information about sex. The book covers everything from body odor and puberty to nocturnal emission and saying no to drugs. great book for parents to read and discuss with 8-13 year old boy.
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201 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Jill Tamari on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my son, and it has been perfect for him. He's learned so much valuable information from this book, information that, as a single mom, I was worried I would not be able to pass on to him. Some topics can be awkward, especially with young boys, but this book does a wonderful job of addressing absolutely every topic about growing up with great illustrations and accessible text.

I disagree with those who claim that there is "too much text" or the reading level is "too high." My son had no trouble with it, and, as far as I'm concerned, the more information the better! I'd hate to hand him an informational guide that was lacking in information... thank goodness this great book is brimming with essential knowledge, presented in a highly effective manner.

It's perfect! I recommend it to all!
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509 of 550 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone has to be GOOD TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
My son just turned 11. He's a kid-kid, a boy who is still fairly oblivious about any kind of teen issues, but as he's moving on to Middle School and will increasingly be out of mom and dad's parental sphere, it is definitely time to begin talking about the changes he and his body will be going through.

So we purchased this book, and I have to tell you that I DON'T LIKE IT.

The first thing I didn't like was that negativity in the Introduction. It was all about 'being afraid to ask questions', 'not being able to talk to your parents', 'being ignorant', 'being laughed at', and 'feeling awkward'. Now some kids might feel that way and the book may serve them well by taking such an approach. But my kids (13 & 11) still talk to me (and talk and talk and talk) and I don't really appreciate introducing negative notions that they may not have thought of otherwise.

Another thing I disliked was how jumpy the dialog seemed to be. I read the The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls with my daughter and it didn't have the same frenetic approach. In Chapter One, for example, the book discusses, Smell, Baths, Getting Dressed, Lotion, How Deodorant works, washing your hands, what a germ is, Shampooing hair, what conditioner is for, ear care, how loud noise can hurt your hearing, zits, washing your face, shaving, brushing your teeth, going to the dentist, braces, smelly feet, what Athlete's Feet is, Drinking, Smoking, and Drugs, Steroids, sleep, and wetting the bed. A lot for one chapter, and though related in topic, you have to know that each of these subjects were presented in the order I listed them, .AND. they were in different text 'bubbles'.
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117 of 129 people found the following review helpful By K M on October 9, 2009
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I bought this book for my 8 yr. old after much research. I wanted something that would touch on all the necessary points without going too in-depth into sex. A book that would capture his interest and provide both a short answer and an in-depth explanation when needed.

This book filled my needs and more. It is written in a relaxed tone but still provides explanations using correct terminology. The explanantions on hygiene and friendship are great starting points for these discussions. Most importantly, it stopped at the right point between boys health and sex ed. It was important to me that my son understood what was changing in his body without the added sex info.

Now 11 yrs old, my son still refers to this book for answers about changes in his body and we use it as a catalyst for discussion about sex and all the emotional/physical implications.

I highly recommend this book for boys ages 7-10.
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102 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Andra Abramson on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book does a great job of talking to boys without talking down to them. There is a lot of serious info but there is also a lot of humor, to keep boys interested. The quick tips will also help if your son is not much of a reader.

One thing I really like about this book is that it does not talk about sex or girls (except to say that girls are great as friends) but does cover all the changing body issues, including the kind of embarrassing stuff that moms might have trouble talking about with their sons. Also, this book covers some of the more emotional aspects of puberty such as how relationships and feelings may change during this time.

Highly recommended for boys on the younger end of puberty (either physically or emotionally). The boy in your life might pretend he doesn't need this book, but take my word for it, he'll hide it away and read it by himself when he's ready.
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122 of 145 people found the following review helpful By J. Whalen on May 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
My three sons have all embraced this book and loved it. Initially, I believe they were drawn to it by the colorful illustrations, as well as the wonderful side bars that provide useful sound-bite style information. The book has a a very inviting design, using icons and colorful headers that let the reader know what the sections and paragraphs relate to, so they can determine if they need to read it or not. In fact, some of the icons used help the user quickly identify the source or topic in a side bar, i.e. is this an expert's opinion, a helpful tip, etc.

The text is bright and lively and the book flows in a way that let's a boy pick it up and find the information they need in order to address what they may be dealing with in their travels through puberty and daily life. It's cleverly packaged using the same trim size as a comic book -- which young boys relate to! This is the best book I've read that offers growing boys insights on dealing with bullies, family matters, sports, homework, and their ever changing bodies. It's a really terrific book!
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