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Guy Book: An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Boys

Guy Book: An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Boys

by Mavis Jukes

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Mavis Jukes is the queen of girl talk, but this time she’s set her sights on the guys. Told in the author’s usual straightforward, funny, favorite-aunt style, The Guy Book delivers sound information and useful advice for boys preparing to go through, or in the midst of, puberty. Boys will find specific information on a variety of subjects, from


Mavis Jukes is the queen of girl talk, but this time she’s set her sights on the guys. Told in the author’s usual straightforward, funny, favorite-aunt style, The Guy Book delivers sound information and useful advice for boys preparing to go through, or in the midst of, puberty. Boys will find specific information on a variety of subjects, from getting rid of acne to buying birth control to finding help for depression. Answering questions that are too embarrassing to ask, dealing with guy-basics like tying a tie, being a good friend, and essential dating dos and don’ts, this is a must-have for boys who want to get the facts, be in control, and learn how to make informed choices.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Puberty is daunting enough without having to rely on a phys ed teacher (or, heaven forbid, your mother!) for advice. Mavis Jukes gives adolescent boys a hip and informative alternative to embarrassing conversations. This cool manual lays out the facts of puberty with honest answers and expert advice.

Written in the style of a car manual, this funky book gives lads a contemporary, nonjudgmental, and cool guide to the world of puberty. Chapters entitled "Danger Zones," "Under the Hood," and "Road Hazards" give this informative book a relaxed tone. Illustrations include stock images of people and cars in the 1950s, sure to get a chuckle from many young men.

Everything from STDs to dating to shaving is addressed in this comprehensive book. Sex and love are often addressed, as well as homophobia, alcohol, and the dos and don'ts of dating. Jukes gets a big thumbs-up for suggesting that young readers ask someone they trust about puberty in addition to reading the manual. And her laid-back style will hopefully influence guys to fully understand their bodies, from engine to tailpipe, before they put them on the road. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
Loaded with information about puberty, personal hygiene, dating, sex even the prom Mavis Jukes's The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual puts boys in the driver's seat. Cheeky chapter headings (e.g., "Under the Hood" and "Ignition System"), funky '50s photographs and loads of phallic car parts pump up the volume. Honest talk about the opposite sex and tips on respectful behavior plus a discussion about homosexuality and homophobia are included. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
The analogy between boys and their toys is a clever one—just like a vehicle, one's body needs fuel, care, and precautions to maintain peak performance. This book places teenage boys in the driver's seat by equipping them with essential knowledge to ensure safer navigation through the territory of adolescence. Chapters titled "Under the Hood: Parts" and "Parking" explain the inner workings of the male reproductive system and explore dating and relating. Advice ranges from casual—"Boxers or briefs? Who cares! Wear what's comfortable."—to practical—"Brush your teeth, morning and night."—to imperative—on drugs, "Just don't." A chapter on girls, which unveils the mechanics of female sexuality, tie-knotting instructions, and etiquette lessons, rounds out this indispensable book for teenage males. Jukes's tone is straightforward, and her reminder that no book can take the place of human contact encourages teens to discuss some of these tough issues with a parent or friend. Well known for her books for girls, the author lists acknowledgements to fact-reviewers and recommends consulting a doctor or lawyer as needed in medical and legal situations. Stories from real teens reassure readers that they are not alone. The design complements the theme by glorifying the era of the automobile with 1950s
— Beth Gallaway
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This inviting book will appeal to boys experiencing puberty and those in need of information about their bodies, girls, and dealing with uncomfortable situations. Intended to provide "safety, maintenance, and operating instructions," the volume is packaged like an owner's manual for a car from the '40s through the '60s with black-and-white photos of vehicles and Caucasian teens from that period. Pictures of engine parts illustrate the first chapter, "Under the Hood," which covers male sexual organs and how they work. The absence of anatomical diagrams may reduce readers' embarrassment and focus their attention on the text. Sample chapters include: "Ignition System" (hormonal changes), "Exterior Maintenance" (hygiene), "Danger Zones" (drugs), and "Parking" (sex). Nutrition and diet advice and emotions are also discussed. "Getting to Know Your Fellow Drivers" covers girls' development, menstruation, dating, and pregnancy. The author also discusses a basic wardrobe, slow dancing, and appropriate ways to get noticed by girls. Nearly every chapter encourages readers to discuss problems with their parents, counselors, doctors, and other medical practitioners. This solid addition to the genre provides frank information in a creative way.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Designed like an owner's manual for a teenager's car, this lively guide offers tips on "safety, maintenance, and operating instructions" for boys' bodies and relationships. The excellent table of contents offers such chapters as "Under the Hood," "Ignition System," "Exterior Maintenance," "Parking," "Rules of the Road," and "Road Hazards." It is a thorough, engaging guide with advice on everything from washing jeans to washing genitals. The text is enlivened by cartoons, sidebars, diagrams, and humorous, '50s-style photographs of cars, highways, road signs, and kids out on dates. The chapter on "The (Re) Production Line," for example, pictures cars rolling down the assembly line, and the discussion of the mechanics of intercourse is accompanied by diagrams for assembling auto parts, complete with numbers and arrows. Along with the serious discussion is a darling photograph of a little boy using a long-spouted watering can to gas up a little girl's play car. The section on "Avoiding Hazardous Conditions" opens with a photograph of an airborne stunt driver flying over parked cars. More than a sex-ed manual, this guide includes frank discussions of pornography, drugs, and the importance of good etiquette and respect in relationships. Teenage readers who see humor, not old-fashionedness, in the illustrations, will find a useful, engaging, and straightforward guide. A good bet for open-minded parents, teachers of health and sex education classes, and all libraries. (Nonfiction. 12+)

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Random House Children's Books
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1 ED
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7.05(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
12 - 13 Years

Read an Excerpt



Human reproductive systems include primary reproductive organs, called gonads.

A male's gonads are his testes (also called "balls"). Testes have dual functions: they produce reproductive cells (sperm), and they secrete the sex hormone testosterone.

Your reproductive system also includes accessory reproductive organs: a system of ducts that store and carry sperm, and glands that line and empty into these ducts.

The penis has more than one purpose and more than one function. The role of the penis in the reproductive system is to distribute sperm. It's also an organ of excretion (you pee out of it). The penis has another important function: producing intense physical pleasure.


The top ("bead") of the penis is called the glans. This is the most sensitive part to touch.

The glans is covered by a retractable layer of skin called the foreskin.

Some boys are circumcised at birrh-which is when the foreskin is surgically removed. Circumcision is sometimes performed for religious reasons. In terms of appearance, it's considered fine to be circumcised or fine to be left intact.
The glans of an intact penis is reported to be more sensitive than the glans of a circumcised penis.

*- Circumcision Doctors now agree that there is no medical reason to circumcise every newborn baby boy, and more and more parents in the U.S. are choosing not to do the procedure.

For one thing, routine circumcision of infants is no longer advised for prevention of penis cancer. (Penis cancer? Don't worry, young boys don't get this.)

Neither is it considered necessary for prevention of infection. Keeping an intact penis clean is easily accomplished by gently pulling back the foreskin and washing under and around it with soup and water. This prevents smegma, the white substance secreted by the glans from getting trapped behind the foreskin and causing infection. There medial reasons for circumcision in some cases, though. It may be recommended if a guy's foreskin is uncomfortably tight or too big to be moved down over the glans.

Circumcision surgery is relatively simple and straightforward, and it need not be a cause of concern if it becomes necessary. However, it does require surgery for an older child or a man.

The rest of the penis is called the shaft. The structure of the penis and the blood flow to and from the tissue inside it (erectile tissue) allow the penis to become temporarily rigid at times. This is called having an erection. Boys get erections throughout their lives, starting when they are babies. However, erections take on new meaning during puberty (see page 11).

The testes hang down in a pouch of skin called the scrotum. One ball is called a testis.The scrotum is internally divided into two sacs: one for each testis. The testes-and -scrotum combo is often referred to as testicles.

A couple of months before the birth of a mate baby, his testes descend nto h, s scrotum. They drop down from his abdomen, where they are formed.

Sometimes a testis doesn't descend. It just stays up in the abdomen or only comes partway down. If you have an undescended testis or partly descended testis, make an appointment to talk to your doctor about it. He or she may recommend correcting this with hormone treatment or surgery.

Cooling Features

Sperm (more about them on page 11) are manufactured at a lower temperature than the internal temperature of the body. Air circulating around the scrotum keeps the testes cooler. Also, there's a heat-exchange setup in the blood vessels that supply the testes: a cooling system.

Compliments of Testosterone

1. Your penis, balls, and scrotum will grow and change.

2. You'll begin to grow pubic hair.

3. Additional hair will grow on your body, including in your armpits.

4. There will be changes in your sweat glands.

5. There'll be changes in your oil glands.

6. Your voice will change.

7. You'll grow taller.

8. You’ll grow more muscular.

9. You may grow facial hair.

10. You’ll have more erections.

11. You’ll begin to manufacture sperm; you'll ejaculate.

12. You may have stronger sexual feelings.

Heat Regulation

The scrotum is capable of relaxing and tightening up. When it's chilly out, it pulls the testes as close as possible to the body-where they can warm up. When it's hot out, the scrotum gets all soft and droopy so that the testes can kind of swing in the breeze-to cool off.

This design isn't just to keep the testes at the absolute optimum temperature for sperm formation. The testes are unprotected by muscle or bone. This is risky, considering how important they are. To make the best of the situation, the scrotum tightens when a guy feels fear, drawing his testes closer to his body, where they will be safer if there is a confrontation.

It can also tighten when a guy feels nervous, and it tightens during sex.

One testis is usually a little bit bigger than the other. Both are carefully located in the scrotum so that one hangs lower than the other, usually the left one. This way, they aren't in a position to crush each other as a guy goes about an active daily life-that involves running, for instance.

Hormones are part of a communication system called the endocrine system. They are chemicals secreted by various organs of the body, including the brain, heart, kidneys, liver, thyroid gland, and testes. Hormones act like tiny messengers, circulating through the bloodstream and giving signals to cells to make changes that affect everything from brain development to kidney function.

Even though hormones are carried by the blood throughout the entire body and reach all the body's tissues, hormones are very specific as to which cells they influence. Sex hormones are present in both males and females, and reproductive functions are largely controlled by them. Males and females share some of the same sex hormones.

The main male sex hormone is testosterone. It's secreted in the testes by Leycliq cells, which are located in connective-tissue spaces between the tubules where sperm are formed.

Testosterone is famous for contributing to a boy's attraction to action. It enables guys to have the energy and concentration to perform well in a variety of situations.

Testosterone triggers many of the changes associated with puberty. It tells a guy's reproductive (sex) organs how and when to develop.

Secondary sexual characteristics aren't directly involved in reproduction, but they make up the many differences between male and female bodies.

Testosterone influences the development of these characteristics. Among other things, it deepens the voice, increases lean muscle mass, cuts down on body fat, increases bone density and growth, and triggers the growth of facial hair.

It also increases sex drive (libido).

Meet the Author

MAVIS JUKES is a mom, stepmom, teacher, and lawyer and the author of numerous books for children and teens, including the bestselling It’s A Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge and Growing Up: It’s A Girl Thing, as well as I’ll See You in My Dreams, Blackberries in the Dark, and the Newbery Honor Book Like Jake and Me. She lives and works with her husband, artist Robert Hudson, on a ranch in northern California.

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