Parents' Guide to

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Frank, funny boys' guide to growing up is packed with tips.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Kid friendly and educational

My son is 11- and for the last year has developed body hair, acne, and body odor. He's also growing fast. I wish I found this book a year ago. It engaged him immediately - he sat down and began reading and did not stop. This answered many questions for him- that while I have worked hard maintaining open levels of communication - being a single mom of a boy beginning puberty- well the book took away the awkwardness. I knew all the talks for a girl- but I had been doing my own reading for boys and trying to tell him what he should know at the right age. This book took the scary part of puberty out for my son. He is more comfortable with himself- and is beginning to care for himself better without me repeating did you put on your deodorant 3 times... Thank you to the author!! All in an appropriate language with just enough information.
age 8+

I Love This Book!

I found this book at the store and happened to pick it up to see what it was all about since I have two boys one who is 11. I read the whole book and loved everything that was written in it. There is one section regarding Male reproductive organs but it is need to know info and nothing more. It is tastefully written and so appropriate for boys who are about to hit puberty. It's written in a fun and comic book manner and will totally get a boys attention. Such great topics I wouldn't have even thought of to discuss. A great book and worth the read with your son.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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American Girl's first book for boys is a thorough, approachable guide to growing up healthy and happy that goes beyond puberty basics to discuss ideas of masculinity and the power of personal choice. Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys is an engaging book for boys to read solo, and an excellent ice-breaker for parents who'd like to be more comfortable talking about puberty.

Author Dr. Cara Natterson offers empathetic advice on the ups and downs of puberty, reassuring readers who might feel self-conscious about how they compare with their peers. She covers the key issues you'd expect, but she also packs in a wealth of helpful nuggets, like how to get rid of warts, how the color of your pee can show dehydration, how to hide surprise erections. Her passages on masculinity, expressing emotions, and managing moods are valuable inclusions. Charming artwork by Micah Player helps illustrate key ideas and adds a bit of whimsy to the subject matter. Lack of an index -- or more info on how girls develop, too -- are minor flaws in an otherwise stellar guide.

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