A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Alec encourages boys to behave nicely to win the girls of their dreams.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this novelty book is targeted more to adults than to kids although it was written by a fourth grader. Not that author Alec says anything untoward for younger ears, but the shtick depends on a certain maturity or it just isn't funny. Also Alec, like many young tweens, has some mostly benign sexism in his advice that may grind against parental values.
Is It Any Good?
If you've ever laughed at those old episodes of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" you'll understand this book's appeal, but as true advice, it doesn't have much going for it. There's nothing hugely wrong with what Alec has to say (if you can look past his take on pretty girls in "big earrings, fancy dresses, and all the jewelry" and his contention that smart boys have girls "prowling" at their feet) but putting it between two pages doesn't raise it beyond the level of any fourth graders advice.
Which really begs the question: Do you want your kid to get advice on boy/girl relationships from a novelty book written by someone the same age as their classmates or from you?
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