It's So Amazing!

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Engaging, straightforward guide to sex ed basics for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Everything a child may ask about sexuality and babies is here, plus there's a focus on things they are probably hearing about by this age from a number or sources: different types of families, adoption, STDs, condoms, wet dreams, etc. 

Positive Messages

Whether or not a child is ready for the conversation, this book encourages kids to ask questions and be curious. It also speaks directly to kids who may be embarrassed or confused, or think discussing these topics is strange.  Responses to all questions are direct, scientific, and thorough.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The bird and bee cartoon characters that appear throughout and comment on the topics presented focus on two perspectives: a child who may be embarrassed to talk about such things and a child who doesn't understand why anyone would want to talk about them. This can help kids feel OK with their own feelings about these often uncomfortable topics.

Violence & Scariness

"Okay Touches and Not Okay Touches" explains how kids should tell an adult when they get "not okay touches" and goes on to explain the term "sexual abuse."

Language

All names of body parts are very scientific, except there's a mention that testicles are often called "nuts" or "balls."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robie H. Harris' straightforward, approachable sex-ed guide is a follow-up to her It's Not the Stork, and it's geared to older kids. It digs into more topics that kids are bound to be hearing about as tweens, which means you'll probably want to spend even more time previewing so you're ready to relay your feelings on some of the tougher topics. These include different kinds of families and love (with terms "homosexuality" and "heterosexuality" explained), HIV/AIDS, condoms and other birth control, masturbation, and a more detailed discussion of what sexual abuse is. The bird and bee cartoon characters that appear throughout and comment on the topics presented focus on two perspectives: a child who may be embarrassed to talk about such things and a child who doesn't understand why anyone would want to talk about them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byElysse M. August 29, 2020

great book about human bodies and how they work

it may feel strange to introduce these topics to a kid that's 7 or 8. but by that time, they will likely start hearing about some mature topics from peers... Continue reading
Adult Written byMomTeachRead June 17, 2019

Such better books out there

I am 100% in favor of being completely honest with kids about life science. Don't buy the hype about this book, however. There is "honest," and t... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 11, 2018

May be bad for Muslim and other religions

This book is very good info for young kids. However, I'll tell you why it may not be appropriate for some kids. First of all, it contains nude illustratio... Continue reading

What's the story?

Starting with a chapter called "Curious? Embarrassed? Confused?" and explaining to kids that "it's perfectly normal" to feel that way about where babies come from, even if they think they know a few things already. IT'S SO AMAZING! then launches into all the big sex-ed questions: where babies come from, how boys and girls are the same and different and what male and female sexual organs actually do, how the sperm gets to its destination, what pregnancy and birth is like, and even the basics on chromosomes and genes. It also covers topics like different kinds of love (including homosexual love), different kinds of families, adoption, HIV/AIDS, birth control, what touches are "okay" and "not okay" and how to tell someone about "not okay" touches, and why growing up is "so amazing."

Is it any good?

This book does what it sets out to do in a very straightforward manner that all kids will appreciate, and it doesn't talk down to them for a second. It's So Amazing! covers even more ground than Robie H. Harris' It's Not the Stork, and gets where tweens probably are in their knowledge about such things: They've gathered a few facts and some half-truths and some things that aren't so true and are embarrassed to admit that they can't tell the difference, with some kids even deciding that they don't want to really know at all, and what's the fuss all about anyway? The bird and bee cartoon characters that are present throughout do a good job of expressing both common kid viewpoints, and kids' reactions to these characters will help parents start good conversations with kids about what they're thinking. If you're only looking to discuss certain topics at certain times, the table of contents lays out each section very clearly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about any questions they may have after sharing It's So Amazing! What did you know already? What do you want to know more about?

  • Why are these topics hard to talk about? What do kids find embarrassing? What do parents find embarrassing? Are you less embarrassed now that you know the facts?

  • Do you think the things the bird and bee cartoon characters say express how kids feel and what they might wonder about?

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