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The Pocket Guide to Girl Stuff Paperback – December 18, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (December 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142360573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423605737
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they’re getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King’s pocket guides—with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers—do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

If these don’t seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author’s web site: It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides’ proposed activities!
(Katy Killilea 2009-04-22)

From the Back Cover

Girls can be a mystery-even to themselves. Sometimes girls just need a little guidance and know-how. They get that and more with The Pocket Guide to Girl Stuff.
Acclaimed author Bart King delves into the secret world of girls-with the help of his five sisters and fifty other girls, of course. Fashion, friends, and fun stuff-everything is covered in this volume petite enough to fit in any girl's purse.
Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Girl Stuff, The Big Book of Boy Stuff, The Pocket Guide to Mischief, and The Pocket Guide to Games. Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he makes batches of gooseberry marmalade.

More About the Author

I write funny--and educational--books for younger readers and immature adults. And my new title is "The Big Book of Superheroes"!

POP QUIZ-- One of my books was once Amazon's #5 overall bestseller. Guess which one!
HINT: It is a "big book."
ADDITIONAL HINT: It has a blue cover.
LAST HINT: It was "The Big Book of Boy Stuff".

Visit me at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Shore on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Since this pocket guide amazon page seems to have become a repository for reviews from those who haven't read the book, whether they are giving it one star or a sarcastic five star, I thought I would add my "at-least-I-looked-through-the-preview-pages" thought:

A picture of the tables of contents for the pocket guide to boys and the pocket guide to girls has been going around facebook leaving all of us with feminist sensibilities aghast: The discrepancies in the tables of contents made me really sad and frustrated--especially when I noticed that the first chapter for boys is "activities" (with all chapters related to exploring the world) and the first chapter for girls is "boys" as if she should find her purpose in boys and not in the outside world. The boy book looked FAR more interesting, fwiw. The rest of the girl chapter titles weren't faring much better than the first chapter on "boys" with their promise of showing her how to snag those boys with the right beauty, hair, and shopping tips. And the girl book has a graphic of girls hugging--not so for the loner boys.

In short, it looked like a sexism nightmare. Then I came here to amazon and learned that she was supposed to be able to learn about the best diet from this book?! (My red alarm light spastically flashes.)

But you know, I looked inside the girl pocket guide here on amazon and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the author is being fairly subversive--talking about machismo and about going to college (via a rhyme that feeds off the gender wars, not that I am a fan of disparaging boys) and so forth.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sally on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here's a side by side comparison of the Boy's stuff book and the Girl's stuff book. [...]

Apparently all the boy chapters on Riddles, Flying Things, Slang, Activities, etc had to be replaced with Cliques and Gossip, Hair, and Shopping for the girl book.

If you want to limit your girl's outlook in the world to those topics, then yes, get this book so they can go to college and get their Mrs. degree from a man who's glad your daughter knows her place in society. Glad Tina Fey never got it - I bet she loves riddles.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Not only is it written by a man, it limits "girl stuff" to hair, doodles, and nicknames. Very poorly thought out. And when it is compared to the "pocket guide to boy stuff" by the same author, blatantly sexist. Apparently girls don't like do to experiments or explore aerodynamics.
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