Book Review: A guide for male tweens about puberty and growing up.
Guy Talk by Lizzie Cox is a simple book that provides boys with everything that they need to know about puberty and being a teenager.
This book talks about all the changes that happen during puberty, including important things like managing social media, keeping fit, eating healthy food, depression and much more. It also talks about sexual intercourse (very simply) and liking girls (or boys). It also talks about what changes happen to girls.
Sexual intercourse is talked about in this book.
Guy Talk by Lizzie Cox is ideal for children between the ages of 12 years of age and older.
You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.
Today we’re looking at a 2017 book called Guy Talk by Lizzie Cox. There are two versions; girl and boy puberty, and obviously, this is the boy’s one. There is lots of easy to understand information and only 60 pages. There are larger words in it like foreskin that your kids might not know. To help that, it's got word definitions at the back, making it easy for you and your kids to read.
It is one of those books that talks about puberty and sex as they’re very closely linked. Once people begin to ovulate or produce sperm, your kids need to understand they could start making babies and having sex. What I also like about this book is that it talks about what relationships are. This is important because once you go through puberty, your brain is wired to think of others in a different way. A way that is different from friendship.
There is a massive list of what this book talks about. What makes puberty happen, changes to your brain, and lots of information about penises. How they grow, how stuff can come out of them, and how to care for your penis. That last one is especially important as your child’s penis will be changing. Eventually, they’ll also want to make decisions on their pubic hair and circumcision based on cultural expectations. The book talks about how erections happen, wet dreams, and what to do about them. On top of that, the book talks about the changes to other parts of their body like odour, their feet, eyes, and teeth. That, because their body is changing, they might need to get glasses or braces. Female puberty is also explained as it’s important for boys to understand it.
There is also a section that talks about love and relationships. As it says, ‘Puberty turns you from a boy to a man. You might start to feel attracted to someone and think about them being your girlfriend or boyfriend.’ What I like about this book is that it doesn't assume all boys like girls. One in ten boys are homosexual, so this book begins to normalize it.
Then, it talks about hormones, how they change your emotions, and what a relationship is. The book explains it as a friendship where your child shouldn’t feel pressured to do anything. Sex and how babies are made is another great chapter. The descriptions aren’t detailed and keep it simple for your children to read.
This is a line from the book, ‘When a man and a woman are attracted to each other, they might decide to have sexual intercourse, or sex for short. When this happens, a man’s erect penis is inserted into a woman's vagina. It's much more than that though. It's about giving one pleasure and engagement.’ As you can see, it’s very simplified.
That chapter also talks about orgasms, body image, and social media. Social media is what a lot of new books are now talking about, and I really like it. Using social media and the internet, kids are now being bullied through it more often than face-to-face. With the latter form of violence, kids could just escape it by going home and hiding. Cyberbullying is different. Even when they come home, they’re still getting notifications and harassment from people down the street or even across the city.
This is a great book. I really like it because it’s simple, casual, and fun. They also have a simple description of sex and talk about relationships. This makes it a great book that’s easy to read for both you and your kids.
Okay, I hope that helps.
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