It's OK to Be You: A Frank and Funny Guide to Growing Up

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Revised from a 1988 edition, this sound, sensible guide catalogues some of the physical and psychological changes kids can expect during puberty. Patterson begins by acknowledging that parents-and kids themselves-often remain silent about what happens during adolescence; she then notes, ``One thing's for sure: knowing what's going on and what to expect makes things a whole lot easier." In a similarly breezy, personal style, she proceeds to discuss kids' concerns about their looks and their bodies, how bodies change during puberty and what occurs during sexual intercourse. Readers should follow their own feelings, Patterson concludes, rather than allow their actions to be dictated by others' expectations. Quilter's black-and-white cartoons help maintain the book's buoyant tone through a cast of five chatty preteens, one grandmother and one cat; their observations, presented as thought balloons, range from silly to perceptive. However, this book is less comprehensive than others on the subject, among them Candlewick's It's Perfectly Normal (Children's Forecasts, July 18). Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The author's and illustrator's understanding of and respect for children is evident throughout this book. After assuring young readers that everyone is unique and explaining (and showing) how boys differ from girls, Ms Patterson adroitly covers the fundamentals of maturation, sexuality, behavior, and the expression of feelings. The inclusion of Munchkin, a wise-cracking cat, in the lighthearted illustrations makes this introduction to puberty reader-friendly.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-``We're all different, we're all alike, we're all okay'' is the basic theme of this self-acceptance book. Straightforward text describes bodies, feelings, and the changes that come with growing up. Juxtaposed with this information are black-and-white line diagrams and cartoons, peopled by a cast of characters who add light commentary to the goings on, including three boys (a know-it-all, a nice guy, and one who wears an ice-cream cone over his nose to hide his insecurity about his oversized ears); two girls (one wise and confident, and one who would rather be a horse than a girl); and finally, an old cat named Munchkin ``who has seen it all before!'' The text is hokey and contrived in places (Munchkin: ``I did, I did! I swallowed a tampon!''), but filled with useful facts that most kids will appreciate. Buy this title to supplement Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids (Macmillan, 1993) and Kathy McCoy's The New Teenage Body Book (Putnam, 1992).-Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883672164
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 70
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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