Book Review: A book for boys about puberty and being a teen.
A short overview of this book
Growing Up For Boys (Usborne Books) by Alex Frith provides boys with everything that they need to know about puberty and being a teenager.
It covers a range of topics, including moods and feelings, what happens to girls, diet, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, self-confidence, alcohol and drugs.
Sexual intercourse is talked about in this book.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Growing Up For Boys (Usborne Books) by Alex Frith is ideal for children between the ages of 12 years of age and older.
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Hello, today we are looking at an Usborne Books called Growing up for Boys by Alex Frith
Usborne Books have been around for a long time. As a parent, they are an extremely useful tool as they have a large range of books on puberty. Some of the examples include one for younger kids, the boys’ book (The one we are reviewing today,) and one for girls.
This edition was made in 2013 meaning that, at the time of this article, it is still recent. Being around 260 pages long, this book is a larger one but does follow the basic structure of your usual puberty book.
There is plenty of detailed, age-appropriate, information on puberty. Eventually, it does continue to different topics like sex and drugs, though.
Frith starts off with talking about how puberty is beginning. The boys reading this book are going to start seeing changes in some of the following; their voice, their hair amount, their height, and their penis. It goes into more detail on penises- talking about why your penis is changing, how to deal with erections, and all that stuff.
Then, it continues with the list. Skin, eating, exercise, resting, and changes in your brain. After all, when puberty happens, it is not just your body that changes, but also your mind.
Female puberty and the relationship between puberty and identity are also discussed. Puberty sometimes changes how someone thinks, acts, and feels, raising the question of, “Who am I?”
Becoming an adult, or going through puberty, is about working out who you are. Sure, they are still a child, they are still dependent on their family, but they are changing. Your child needs to become less dependent and start fitting in with their friends. This book talks about those topics.
Growing up for Boys also talks about relationships, sex, protecting yourself, risks, and drugs. Drugs is briefly covered, but it can be a very cultural issue. Drugs used in America or the United Kingdom may be to different to Australia and other parts of the world. So, while this book does cover drugs, it can depend very heavily on where you live.
Homosexuality, or same-sex relationships, is covered very briefly alongside homophobia. Which, I think is great. It does not mention pornography, though.
If you are looking for a book that talks about a broad range of topics, this may be the one.
Inside the book, it is very text-based. There are very few images on the pages, and everything is mostly just walls of text broken up into paragraphs. It is a chapter book. This may seem daunting, but if you have an older child looking for a more mature book, this could be useful. Growing up for boys by Usborne Books is a great book to look at.
With puberty books, there are many different options to choose from. In the end, choosing which ones you want to read to your child is a very personal choice. It depends on what you are comfortable with, what you think your child is ready for, and what information they want to know.
I hope this helps, cheers.