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Hair In Funny Places (A Tom Maschler Book) Hardcover – 7 Oct 1999


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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (7 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224047639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224047630
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 0.9 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Babette Cole is filled with zest for life: she lives in Dorset but travels extensively, to exotic parts of the world but also around Great Britain, visiting schools and meeting children. She is a great animal lover and keeps chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats which all find their way into her books.

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Babette Cole caused something of a stir when she published Mummy Laid an Egg: it was described by The Bookseller as: "Funny, factual and frank... a superb book... the ideal ice-breaker for parents". Dealing with the facts of life it was indeed an ingenious and ground-breaking book which perfectly combined explanations about sex with a wit and humour that tickled adults and informed the child.

In Hair in Funny Places Cole hits home again in a canny little volume which takes a sideways glance at what happens to the body when it is hit by puberty. Hilarious illustrations of Mr and Mrs Hormone wreaking their revenge on the body, mixing their "Essence of Pube" and making mischief in the unsuspecting bodies of boys and girls as they fight their way towards adulthood will certainly raise a smile. But it is the frankness and simplicity of the text that really bites, encouraging an understanding of one of the most difficult phases in a human being's life.

As in Mummy Laid an Egg Cole deals with the changes the body undergoes in a matter-of-fact way and without a hint of embarrassment, allowing the words to tell the story while the crafty and comical illustrations run riot through the book to conjure up unforgettable images of the human body at its most vulnerable and confused.

An absolute gem that will have parents everywhere breathing a sigh of relief, Hair in Funny Places crosses the divide between picture book for the very young and informative light relief the older child, and is an absolute must-have for anyone pondering the progress of puberty. (Age 6 and over) --Susan Harrison

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"Babette Cole is as batty, rebellious and strange as her creations... funny, unrestrained and totally unforgettable." - "Independent on Sunday""From the Trade Paperback edition."

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Read this book with a view to introducing the subject of puberty and "hair in funny places" to my 8 year old daughter. Good for children who already know a bit about growing up but doesn't deal with everything you need to tell your children. Good for making children feel there's nothing wrong with having "hair in funny places"
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ReLovePreLoved on 5 Oct. 2013
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The style of this book.. if you don't read the words, or look too closely at the pictures, gives the impression it is geared at about 4-5 year olds. Large floppy pages, minimal and large text... like a read-along book. However, the actual content is pitched at an age group more of a ... well this is the issue, I cant work it out!

The whole book.. which I have read through 3 times, to try and put my finger on what has unsettled me, feels a bit confused. If you had a really young child going through precocious puberty, then maybe this book would be ok, but I cant help but feel it would be slightly alarming due to the content's juxtaposition to the pictures and layout. But then an older child who could handle the content maybe, would find the layout a bit babyish...??

Pg21 He soon began to take an interest in girls.

Pg22 Inside his penis, Mr Hormone was lurking with another dollop of the mixture.
(Mr and Mrs Hormone are dark,ugly, hairy monsters in the pictures)

Pg23 This made it grow big and small whenever it wanted. Then some sticky stuff actually came out. It meant one day he could be your dad!

Pg24 He wanted to kiss girls but the hormones had made him spotty and smelly.

The topic in question is clearly, for most parents, one of the parenting-rights-of-passage, not really looked forward to. I have spent many hours over the past few months researching how to go about this is the least painful way for my son, and myself. I have to say there are much better, straight forward, still amusing and light hearted, parent/child friendly books out there. ( If you are struggling, have a look at Robie H Harris, different books aimed at 4+, 7+ and 10+ ... the 4+ 'Its NOT the Stork!' is so lovely!)

The Independent and The Times gave good reviews for the book, so maybe I'm on my own with this slightly weirded-out feeling?!

Good luck!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By skinnycat on 9 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my two boys (ages 7 and 8) who adore it and have bought it for a friend with girls. I remember being mortified and ashamed by what was happening to my body at puberty (we didn't talk about THAT kind of thing at home!). I wish I'd had this book then... A library isn't complete without it.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2001
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I read this book with my nine year old daughter and she was very interested in it. It doesn't make you feel uncomfortable, and tells just enough for the child to take in in one go. The way the author includes a teddy takes away any fear of "leaving" childhood and becoming "like mummy". A very good book.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov. 2004
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We bought Dr Dog first and my son loved it so I thought I would try more by Babette Cole. Hair in funny places is wonderful. It explains things in a way that can't possibly be seen as embarrassing and has made for some interesting conversations with my 9 year old son!!!
Highly recommended for boys and girls.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss C. Jordan on 12 April 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is brilliant!! :)
I read this to my class of year 5's and they thought it was brilliant. It also went down as a hit with friends who come to visit, immature that we all are! :)
It's a good place to start with puberty, loads of discussion came from this book. Make sure you do follow it up with discussion as if you leave it as it is, may be a little scary!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Can Do on 15 Jun. 2009
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I have used this book to teach a class of 10 year old boys and girls. They found it amusing and not embarrasing. It became one of the most read books in our class library.Good for talking points.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TM on 11 Aug. 2011
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a fun to read book, light hearted and makes 'that' conversation easier to broach.

It does not explain puberty in any detail so be prepared for question! but it's a witty and easy starting point, lots of little humerous pictures make 'changes' to your body seem normal and funny rather than scary.

My daughter has had this book for awhile and even at age 11 (where she has many better explanation books) she still likes to read this one.
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