Kid Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Grown-Ups

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Let’s face it: Being a kid isn’t easy. Compared to adults, kids are inexperienced, powerless, and short. Just as it would be irresponsible to send travelers to a strange city without a map, it would be wrong to let defenseless kids navigate a world inhabited by parents, teachers, and other adults without an in-depth guide to how the older (although not necessarily smarter) half lives. The Young Person’s Guide to Grown-Ups explores the strangest and most mysterious facets of adult life, such as: What do teachers ...

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Overview

Let’s face it: Being a kid isn’t easy. Compared to adults, kids are inexperienced, powerless, and short. Just as it would be irresponsible to send travelers to a strange city without a map, it would be wrong to let defenseless kids navigate a world inhabited by parents, teachers, and other adults without an in-depth guide to how the older (although not necessarily smarter) half lives. The Young Person’s Guide to Grown-Ups explores the strangest and most mysterious facets of adult life, such as: What do teachers really talk about in the teacher’s lounge? And how can adults stand to drink a beverage as disgusting as coffee? With funny black-and-white illustrations, tongue-in-cheek sidebars, and tips for some good-natured trickery throughout, this fully loaded guide will be a “must have” for every kid.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Writing in a tongue-in-cheek tone, Montgomery tries to help readers understand their adult counterparts. Topics include adults’ bodily insecurities, dietary habits, and love lives, while “Trickery Tactics,” designed to “help level the playing field in the time-honored/age-old struggle” between children and “Mature Adults” appear in sidebars. FAQs tackle such questions as “Why is my mom’s purse so heavy?” and “Why do they lick their fingers before turning a page?”, and an appendix identifies nine major types of adults (including Police Officer, Dentist, and Musician). Storm’s b&w spot art plays up the theme of intergenerational conflict with cartoons featuring sly kids and bungling adults. Montgomery is sympathetic to readers who view adults as an alien subspecies while gently breaking the news that they will one day join their ranks. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Since being a kid can be a challenge, this guide is designed to help the young and powerless navigate the strange world of teachers, parents, and other adults. With tongue firmly in cheek, Montgomery provides insights along with tips and tactics for dealing with them, including "Four Simple Rules for Winning Over Your Librarian." Filled with silly illustrations and witty asides, the book will have readers giggling. For those curious about what teachers talk about in the teachers' lounge or why Grandpa has a funny smell, this is the book; those with a distaste for kids pulling a fast one on adults need not read it.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
This sly humorous book purports to explain adults to kid, but in the midst of all the laughing are some nuggets of advice for growing up with grace (and perhaps less angst!). Five neat sections—anatomy, grown-ups at home (you guessed it, they are called parents and they have the cash), grown-ups at school (with a gracious nod to the janitors and cafeteria ladies and a hilarious expose of the principal-vice-principal in an illustration of the good cop- bad cop relationship), grown-ups in the wild (and how to observe and type them as a modern-day precocious "Eloise"), and finally three universal truths on the lines of what you could learn in kindergarten if you listen!—end in a useful conclusion: growing up without growing old (and into one of those peculiar adults). Apt illustrations by Patricia Storms will elicit giggles and wry acknowledgement that yes, nine hot fudge sundaes would bring diminishing returns in delight or, yikes, I could be the perfect pest! While this book is targeted toward kids, it is fun for an adult to read and could well be a read-aloud for a family to enjoy. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802786432
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MONTE MONTGOMERY is the co-author of Hubert Invents the Wheel. His work has also been produced on stage, screen, and television. He and his wife, Claire, live in Washington,

DC, where they’re still trying to figure out what to be when and if they grow up.

 

PATRICIA STORMS has illustrated several children’s books, editorial cartoons, and humor gift books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, Guy, and two fat cats in a

93-year-old house that’s full to the brim with books.

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