He can't wait to see the surprises turning twelve will bring. Will his body really change, as his mom promises? Darell is excited and nervous at the same time. What will being twelve mean to him, especially when twelve soon turns into the terrible teens that his mom was always going on about.
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This books takes a normal kid. . .clever kid. . .and demonstrates how the entire world opens up through a little explanation and a nice, healthy dose of curiosity. These pages tackle the topic of entering puberty, but in a way, which will make kids smile and not cringe. Not only does Darell wonder if he'll get fur like his dog, but other aspects of this change in life are brought up in a careful and entertaining light. Although Darell is concerned about his physical changes, things such as parental relationships and girls are also hit upon--never overly serious but with a gentle humor. It never feels preachy but weaves everything into a lovely story. Although Darell is concerned with the changes, there are still more important things in his life-- friendship and how to deal with small misunderstandings help keep everything in focus. The pages are filled with colorful illustrations, which bring Darell, Bobo and his friends to life. There is quite a bit of text, making this a good read alone for ages 8 and up, but at sixty pages, it doesn't seem weigh down. The pages are broken down into smaller chapters, making it easy for kids to take breaks and come back to the story later. This even works well as a read-aloud and creates natural pauses to pick up the book later and continue. I'd recommend this one not only for normal parent and home use, but for home -schooling as well. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my own thoughts and opinions.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Too Clever IX: Darell and Bobo is a contemporary fiction novella for children, grades 4-6, and preteens written and designed by Dr. Julia E. Antoine. Darell and Bobo had been a team ever since Darell's parents had gotten Bobo for him when he was six years old. He loved caring for Bobo and made sure his coat was groomed and shining. Darell would sometimes eat some of Bobo's food or biscuits when his mom wasn’t around. He wanted to have soft fur on his body, like Bobo and his dad had. When his mom noticed him eating a dog biscuit, and he told her his reasons for doing so, his mom said to wait until he was a bit older and then all sorts of changes would happen. She told him that being twelve was a big time for changes, and Darell couldn't wait. He had mentioned to her that he was thinking of becoming a vet when he grew up, and his mom said she'd arrange for him to volunteer after school at the vet's so he could get a feel for what it was like when he was twelve. All too soon, his twelfth birthday was coming up and he was also graduating from middle school. Dr. Julia E. Antoine's contemporary fiction novella for children and preteens, Too Clever IX: Darell and Bobo, discusses growing up in a way that will help preteens who are too timid to find out from the adults in their lives. Puberty is a great mysterious divide, and, like Darell, most kids are wondering when their bodies will start to change and how. Antoine also addresses domestic abuse and the impact it can have on the victims' lives, in this case Jonas and Jonas' mom, who has no idea her boyfriend is physically abusive to her son when she's at work. The story shows how sometimes just telling a friend about a big, embarrassing problem can lead to the help that seems so far away. Darell and Bobo also teaches lessons in loyalty and friendship, and shows young readers how they can incorporate new friendships and interests into their lives as they grow up, without sacrificing old ones. Darell and Bobo is an entertaining and interesting tale, with marvelous illustrations, and it's highly recommended.