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The boy's body book
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Kennebunkport, Me. : Applesauce Press, c2013.
Physical Description:
128 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
General Note:
"Everything you need to know for growing up YOU"--Cover.

Updated and expanded from 2007 ed.
Added Author:
Discusses the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty in boys and suggests ways to ease the adjustment to these changes.


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You have questions? We have answers to everything you need to know for growing up you!

Growing up isn't as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Boy's Body Book is here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a boy might have. Topics include: From hair care to athlete's foot, a head to toe guide to what's happening with your changing body Basketball football, soccer, chess: How you can excel no matter what you like to do Your guide to the care and keeping of parents, teachers, brothers, and sisters How to keep your friends and your morals, and what to do if peer pressure starts to be come an issue

Author Notes

Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN is a nurse, a comedian, and an author of three other books: How To Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School, How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Your Life As A Nurse, and The Boy's Body Book. In her spare time she likes to read and skateboard, and she would really, really like to learn to play the banjo. Steve Bjorkman has illustrated more than 70 books for children, including picture books such as Good Night, Little One, easy readers such as Thanksgiving Is..., and series such as Mama Rex and T. Steve is also well known for illustrating greeting cards. More than 100 million of his greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings have been sold.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Dunham intends to help preteen boys deal with the changes that come with the earliest stages of puberty. She explains that as they get older, for example, they'll need to bathe and wash their hair more as adult sweat glands kick in. She gives solid, although conventional, advice about how not to be tempted by drugs or alcohol; how to deal with changes in one's family, such as divorce; how to cope with being bullied; and how to handle emotional swings. Pleasant cartoon illustrations are more decorative than useful. Little attention is paid to the importance of a good diet or body-image issues (such as being overweight or short, both of which are crises for some boys). The author does mention briefly the changes that boys will notice in their penises, testes, and body hair. But there is no mention of sex at all; the words "masturbation" and "condom" never appear, for example. The American Medical Association's Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen (Jossey-Bass, 2006) does a better job of acknowledging boys' curiosity about the topic.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

For boys approaching adolescence comes The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up You by Kelli Dunham, illus. by Steven Bjorkman. This text on the trials and tribulations of puberty and all that comes with it offers advice on hygiene, grades, sports, family, friends and more. "Quick Tip" sidebars provide straightforward hints in the same fairly no-nonsense tone as the rest of the informational text. (Cider Mill/Applesauce [Sterling, dist.], $11.95 112p ages 10-up ISBN 9781-933662-74-9; Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: What's Changing?p. 6
Chapter 1 Your Changing Bodyp. 14
All About Pubertyp. 16
Growth Spurtsp. 16
Changing Body Shape and Sizep. 18
Genital Changesp. 19
Nocturnal Emissionsp. 20
Body Hairp. 21
Vocal Changesp. 22
Changes in your Skinp. 23
Emotional Changesp. 24
Chapter 2 The Care and Feeding of Your Changing Bodyp. 28
Hit the Showersp. 30
Get Dressedp. 32
Hairp. 33
The Ear From Which You Hearp. 34
Putting Your Best Face Forwardp. 35
Shavingp. 38
Keeping Your Awesome Smile Looking Awesomep. 39
Your First Shavep. 40
Boys and the Dentistp. 42
Meet Your Feetp. 44
Chapter 3 Your Health and Your Bodyp. 46
Healthy Eating for Growing Boysp. 47
Worried About Weightp. 48
Healthy Foods for Boys on the Movep. 48
Sportsp. 50
Let's Get Movingp. 52
Sports Safetyp. 54
Performance Enhancementsp. 57
Boys and Sleepp. 57
Wetting the Bedp. 58
Some Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleepp. 59
Chapter 4 Your Changing Body in the Outside Worldp. 60
A Quiz: What Do You Know About Grades?p. 62
Homework and Study Skillsp. 64
Getting Along with Teachersp. 65
Extracurricular Activitiesp. 69
Non-Sport Activitiesp. 70
Getting an After School Jobp. 70
Saving Moneyp. 71
Going to Collegep. 73
Considering Your Futurep. 74
Chapter 5 Changes at Homep. 76
What Do These People Want From Me?p. 78
Responsibility and Youp. 79
The Care and Feeding of Parentsp. 80
Curfews and Other Rulesp. 82
Choresp. 82
The Art of Being Friends With Siblingsp. 83
Chapter 6 Your Changing Feelings and Friendsp. 86
Friendship Skillsp. 89
Dating and Romancep. 91
Dress for Successp. 92
Chapter 7 Staying Safe in the Real and Virtual Worldsp. 94
Peer Pressurep. 96
Bullying and Teasingp. 98
Be an Army of Onep. 100
Personal Safetyp. 100
Chapter 8 Stressful Situationsp. 102
All Different Bodies, All Different Brainsp. 103
Movingp. 106
Divorcep. 107
Drugs, Alcohol, and Other Unhealthy Stuffp. 109
Super-Stressed Familiesp. 112
Handing Stressful Situationsp. 113
Stress and Your Friendsp. 114
Dealing With Out of Control Feelingsp. 115
Is it OK to Cry?p. 117
Conclusionp. 119
Resources and Further Readingp. 120
About the Author and Illustratorp. 124
Indexp. 125
About Applesauce Pressp. 128