The Big Book of Girl Stuff, updated

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The Hip Book for Girls!

Girl Power

friends and secrets

personal fashion

Nicknames

etiquette and manners

intuition

Fun stuff to do

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Overview

The Hip Book for Girls!

Girl Power

friends and secrets

personal fashion

Nicknames

etiquette and manners

intuition

Fun stuff to do

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While the boys dig into treasure lore, girls can delve into all things female in the softbound The Big Book of Girl Stuff by Bart King, a follow-up to his The Big Book of Boy Stuff. From babysitting tips to beauty hints to slumber party inspirations, girls will linger over these pink pages brimming with cartoons and step-by-step instructions. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
There have been thousands of "How To" books published but this one is original, refreshing, and absolutely perfect for girls. The following is just a sample of what will be learned from reading this book: "why boys smell so bad, how to make a fake belly button piercing, what to do about a killer crush, how to get rid of breakfast blahs and what to do when the person you are talking to has something on the tip of their nose." I was completely absorbed when reading this book and believe me when I tell you it certainly brought back memories. There are thirty-two wonderful chapters filled with advice that is positively relevant for middle and young adult readers. The information is done in reader-friendly format using as few words as possible yet getting the point across. Questions that girls might have on their minds are included. For example, "How does flirting work?" and "How do I get a boy's attention?" The answers are thoughtful and easy to understand. Illustrations are used to add interest and humor, as well as to clarify. This book is ideal to give as a gift to any girl who is just becoming interested in boys or to improve her interaction with friends. I highly recommend this book.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–8
This funny follow-up to The Big Book of Boy Stuff (Gibbs Smith, 2004) is chock-full of hints and guidance. From the silly ("Why boys smell so bad") to the slightly serious ("Lies, Mean Girls, and Jerks"), it will have readers thumbing through the volume again and again. The author keeps the mood light and the sections short and sweet. Though the organization appears a bit random with an opening chapter about babysitting and the glossary of "cool" tween speak stuck in the middle, the text does have a good flow. As the extensive bibliography demonstrates, King has done his research. Growing up is a challenge, and his hip handbook is a resource not only for girls, but parents as well. The volume has amusing illustrations and a reversible cover for sneaky in-school reading. While the information presented can be found in other books, the author's sense of humor and lighthearted approach make this one accessible to a wide range of readers.
—Elaine Baran BlackCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kidoinfo
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they're getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King's pocket guides-with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers-do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative-if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they're well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: "You'll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Games: "Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: "Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won't start a fire . . ."

If these don't seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author's web site: bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides' proposed activities!
— Katy Killilea

Kidoinfo - Katy Killilea
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they’re getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King’s pocket guides—with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers—do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative—if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they’re well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: “You’ll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Games: “Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: “Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won’t start a fire . . .”

If these don’t seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author’s web site: www.bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides’ proposed activities!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423637622
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 376,543
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart King writes funny—and educational!—books for kids and immature adults. (His title The Big Book of Boy Stuff was once Amazon.com’s top-selling children’s book.) As a young lad, Bart discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is recognized as one of the world’s leading superhero experts. (And as a longtime middle school teacher, he is also highly sought after by supervillains!)

Jennifer Kalis has illustrated The Big Book of Girl Stuff, Pocketdoodles for Girls, Pocketdoodles for Princesses, and B.F.F. Journal. She lives near Columbus, Ohio.

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Read an Excerpt

So, you’re looking for something to do, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The best kind of fun is the fun you make on your own. Remember when you were a little ankle-biter and you’d make a fort by throwing a blanket or some old sheets over the couch? Or the time that you tied a garbage bag around yourself and slid down the snow-covered hill? And remember how you made your own jet plane and flew to Timbuktu?

Before reading on, you must promise to use the following outstanding activities for good, not evil. Do you promise? Are your fingers crossed? Are your eyes crossed? Okay, then take a look below! I have listed the activities from the easiest to the most challenging.

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Table of Contents

Adult Introduction 9

Boy Introduction 10

Activities! 11

Dogs and Others! 26

Dumb Directions on Products! 35

Emergencies! 38

Experiments! 43

Fireworks and Explosions! 56

Flying Things! 65

Fun in the Outdoors! 80

Gadgets, Tools, and Toys! 92

Indoor Games! 100

Outdoor Games! 113

Girls, Bullies, and Parties! 127

Gross Stuff! 133

Halloween! 155

Holidays! 159

Insults! 168

Jokes! 174

Juggling and Yo-Yos! 186

Magic! 195

Making Faces! Making Sounds! 209

Man Food for Manhood! 217

Practical Jokes! 234

Rhetorical Questions! 247

Riddles! 250

Slang! 259

Storytelling! 264

Tongue Twisters Rule! 272

Video Games! 274

Weapons! 275

Famous Last Words! 287

Acknowledgments 289

Recommended Reading! 290

Bibliography 298

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