Top critical review
43 people found this helpful
This is a very odd book!!
on 5 October 2013
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?!