Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Daldry sheds light on relationships in The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide. You know the title means business when you read the table of contents. No subject is too small, or too scary for the author. He offers information about dates, kissing, conquests, dumping, being dumped, shaving, being stinky, wet dreams, failure, depression...and more. The book delivers on the promise with a style that's conversational, informational, graphically playful, honest, humorous and practical.
Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
This self-proclaimed "real deal on girls, growing up, and other guy stuff" is a concise, practical guide to love, sex, puberty, and the teenage social scene. It answers the questions--How do you ask out a girl? What do you do if she says no? How do you make a relationship work? And, what do you do when it ends? Daldry talks his readers through a good night kiss and their first shave. He reminds boys that during puberty their hormones are "on full party mode," and he explores the impact of this "hormone riot" on their developing bodies. He talks about "being stinky" ("Aftershave is not a substitute for washing."), getting pimples, and the appearance of body hair (you won't become "...a walking carpet in a matter of days."). Broad in scope, this guide also addresses tough issues--drugs, homosexuality, STDs, and contraception with intelligence and empathy. Daldry's irreverence, sarcasm, and humor will appeal to teenage readers. The use of cartoons, ballooned quips, and a variety of informal typefaces yields the printed equivalent of a brotherly chat.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This is a book that makes every attempt to be young, hip, and of-the-moment, and largely succeeds. A cartoon character that provides a running, sardonic commentary on the text and intentionally lame humor both contribute to a playful tone likely to appeal to the intended audience. The information provided, on the other hand, is, for the most part, sound and clearly presented. There are discussions of such topics as building relationships, dealing with peer pressure, the effects of alcohol and other drugs, bullying, and, of course, sex. A list of slang terms for masturbation, brief instructions on how to masturbate, and the opinion that "Looking at the occasional porn magazine is natural and fine" are likely to prove unsettling in some quarters. Libraries that acquire this title should be prepared to deal with potential objections.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
This assemblage of glib advice and conventional wisdom tries too hard to be cool as it fills a few potholes on the adolescence autobahn. The first half covers dating, from first words to breaking up; the second, a sheaf of topics including body changes, emotional ups and downs, masturbation, fighting ("Simply walk away"), and the dangers of using (legal and illegal) drugs. The text is strewn with side comments in balloons, wisecracking cartoon heads, and randomexhaustingchanges of typeface. The book concludes with a digestible set of phone numbers and URLs. Daldry provides more reassurance than information, which may be just the ticket for readers with short attention spans but makes this no alternative to Karen Gravelle's What's Going On Down There? (1998) and like Baedekers. (Nonfiction. 12-14)