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What's Going on down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask
     

What's Going on down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask

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by Karen Gravelle, Robert Leighton (Illustrator), Nick Castro, Chava Castro (With)
 

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Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream? Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical

Overview

Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream? Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical book that will help guide you through this confusing time in your life. What's Going On Down There? answers any questions you might have about puberty, from what it is and what it feels like, to what puberty is like for girls, to how to handle the sexual feelings you may be starting to experience. Robert Leighton's funny and informative cartoons ease the confusion and exasperation you might feel. Part manual, part older brother, What's Going On Down There? will give you the facts you need to feel comfortable and confident about this new phase of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802775405
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
147,665
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Gravelle is the author of Walker and Company's The Period Book and is the author of several other books about difficult issues facing today's adolescents. She lives in New York City.

Nick and Chava Castro are brothers who live and attend middle school in Los Angeles, California.

Robert Leighton is an illustrator and professional game designer who lives in New York City. This is his first book.

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What's Going on down There? 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was impressed by this book and have recommneded it to the single mom of a boy I am mentoring. I think some of the negative reviews involve a confusion over terminology. No book should ever be the sole basis of a child's sex education. Every child needs a parent or other responsible adult or adults 'approved by parents' to dialog with through the turmoil of emerging sexuality. Parent/responsible adult dialog and example are the ONLY effective ways to communicate values. No book 'or school sex education program' can do that effectively. Parents who are offended by statements about boys being together learning masturbation have every right to tell their sons that is not acceptable behavior if they so choose, but they will do damage -- regardless of religious values -- if they leave their kids who might have done that to believe that the behavior was sick or pathological. You and I might prefer that God had designed our bodies so that sexual desire and reproductive funtion did not develop until kids are old enough to marry and support children. I'm not sure that you and I are competent to criticize God's design of the human body, but as it has been designed, boys need access to all of the information in this book not later than when they begin to experience puberty. Conservative Christian parents 'just like all parents' need to sxplain with graphic detail how to maintain the self discipline to keep sexual behavior within proper boundaries in a manner the accords with their values. Unfortunately resistance to communicating to children what they need to know to manage their sexuality in an appropriate and God-centered manner arises too frequently not from scriptural guidance but from parental discomfort with their own sexuality. This book is one valuable tool for parents with a wide spectrum of values. It does not stand alone as a substitute for human dialog, precept, and visible example as we guide children through emerging sexuality. Parents looking for a book that will do that are evading their personal responsibility. I liked the book because it presents accurate information in a way that kids will read it, laying the groundwork for parental dialog. I was also thought it was relevant to address why some of the negative reviews were based upon expectation that the book would do a job that is not appropriate for any book to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The teachings of abstinence or safe sex or whatever YOU believe in as a parent are not up to the author to decide. She wrote a matter-of-fact manual that is dead on appropriate. The 'morals and values' part is up to the parent. Not all parents are naive enough to believe just because children are taught one way they will decide that an alternative isn't better for them personally. At least with this book, they are taught if they do decide not to wait for marriage they will be safe and healthy doing what feels right for them! I hope safe sex teachings don't go out the window because abstinence is the only way parent's are willing to teach. These are our valuable children here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and let me tell you it is great because it answers many question us teens think of but are scared to ask.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was wonderful. I read it cover to cover before I gave it to my son. There was nothing in my copy relating to masturbation in front of a group as the previous poster mentioned. We are a conservative Christian home and I recommend this book for anyone who has a preteen son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this book to use in couples counseling with a couple who both have intellictual disabilities. While an abundance of literature and training programs exist about relationships and sexuality for people with Developmental Disabilites, not much is available to teach them about the workings of the body. I had contacted the local Planned Parenthood for information that I may be able to adapt to meet my patients' needs, and they had suggested this book. Although it is a little childish to be using with adults, it gives the information in a way that is easy for them to understand. I would recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an elementary counselor and purchased this book after parents approached me looking for books on boys and puberty. This is DEFINATELY not a book for young boys! It is a book for the more mature high school boy. It is very infomative and answers many of the questions that older boys have. However,it is definately not a book to just give your child, even high school aged child to just read on their own without any discussion. This book also discusses some topics that (although relevant to boys sexuality) I suspect many parents would find offensive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a single Mom raising a 13th. year old boy. My son and I are very close and he feels comfortable talking with me knowing I will be honest with him. As a Mother I order this book for him and was very impress with the Arthur. I like to know what my son is reading so of course I took it as a Mom to read what he will be reading, wow. The Arthur tell it like it is. My son has s learning disable, so we sitting down reading together as a family. This is very interesting and would recommend this book to any parent(s) with boy(s).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I thought it would help me help my autistic younger brother. And it did help because when something did hamppen, he came to me. Amd I kmew enough about it to help him( then tell my parents)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are like mind reader. I always think the same thing. Repl to #thecutegirl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls need some respect. All boys care about is our apearence and our look. A Girl should not have to change their look just a boy to like her. All the things boys care about is how big are our you know what. Boys don't care about our personatiy. So lets change that! Who's with me! Also girls rule, boys drool! ~Armygirl2745
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is reccomended for kids age ten to thirteen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are stupid you are not supposed to post your personal lives on these book reviews.Every time I go to see a book review I get one review I only get one the rest don't even relate to the book. I says spesifically at the top, write a REVIEW. Not a stankin' personal narritive. Thats the kind of stuff you do on Facebook and stuff. So cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly advise against sex, but i have to admit i do have those feelings, telling me to try it and have a good time with it. SEX IS WRONG!!! IF YOU GET PREGNANT 11-16 YEARS OLD THERE ARE CONSIQUENCES. Who wants to have a baby then? You cant go out with your friends, your boyfriend, to anything. You will have to quit sports or acting or modeling or whatever you do. Except for school, you aint going out of your house. Your gonna be feeding your baby, (that includes breastfeeding) changing its diaper, rocking it to sleep, and playing with it. You cant leave it alone, not even with your parents. It will cry and your parents will call and say to come home cuz the babys crying. You can do this when your older (and married) because you have enough time. But with school, you just cant take care of it. So if you get pregnant, not anyones fault but yours. Remember that the next time your boyfriend wants yoi to have sex with him. (By the way, threesome sex is MUCH MUCH worse than regular sex. You can have a baby with TWO boys insted of one.) ~cheetahgirl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uhm just fyi; yeah i do. I always will dont take it wrong. Its not just you. Its just im well older then you and i havent... uh done that and i certainly dont plan to and well i think its wrong. Thats all. So yeah i'll stop now okay. Im stopping. Uh peace out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do you people tell people how big your butt is? Are you like miley cyrus who wants to twerk all night? She always says her butt is this big ( ) - ( ). NOTTTTTTT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im kelly and i could twerk. Wanna see my booty......( )( ) ther u saw it. Reply to kelly if u want to have sex with me. Ps im really horny and love to suck balls
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make no sense will you tell me what masterbation is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to know how a boy likes you go to the book karmen Joe b-w
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are dicks. Who cares if their slutty? They probabally live in a different state.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with you