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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 several books, including The Boy’s Body Book, The Girl's Body Book, How to Text Boys, and How to Text Girls.

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 stevebjorkman.com.

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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 (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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We bought three books about puberty for our 11 year old son. I will post this comment under all three books. The books are The Boy’s Body Book, Third Edition: Everything You Need to Know for Growing up YOU by Kelli Dunham, RN; The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys. Revised Edition by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras and It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health (The Family Library) by Robie H. Harris.

My son read all three books, so I asked him for his feedback on each book and this is what he said.

He found the It’s Perfectly Normal book to be “more comic’y and less squeamish.” He found the Bird and the Bee characters thru-out the book to be “really funny.” It’s Perfectly Normal contained the most information about sexual intercourse whereas The Boy’s Body Book and What’s Happening to My Body have more about health.

The What’s Happening to My Body book contained “more anatomically correct drawings.” It also has a section about being uncircumcized and how to take care of your foreskin.

The Boy’s Body Book is “fine,” but “it doesn’t really talk about sex and genital changes.” It doesn’t go into as much detail as the other two books. It does however have more content on older teens, curfew, chores, siblings and divorce. It also has a brief section on what to do if someone tries to touch you inappropriately.

The Boy’s Body Book also doesn’t have a section about girls’ bodies, but both What’s Happening to My Body and It’s Perfectly Normal do have sections about girls.

Overall, if parents want a book that is more about emotions, then he recommends the Boy’s Body Book; and if parents want a book that is more detailed about sex and genital changes, then he recommends What’s Happening to My Body or It’s Perfectly Normal.
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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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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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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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