Book Review: Willies: A User’s Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller is a fantastic book about love and sex. It is funny, sensitive, factual and ideal for kids who avoid books.
A short overview of this book
Willies: A User’s Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller is a book for kids about puberty with a focus on understanding love and sex. Topic included are being in love, puberty, making love (sex), making babies, protecting yourself (contraception and STIs) and getting help.
Now, the title – Willies – is misleading, as it gives you the impression that it is just for penis-owners. But it isn’t. It is perfect for kids of all biological sexes and genders.
I love this book. It is sooo funny! And it would be perfect for reading with kids who aren’t too keen to read a book about puberty. My 10 year old son (who rolls his eyes whenever I suggest we read a puberty book together) loved it. I let him read it by himself, and he actually came up and asked questions about the things he didn’t understand. And I have even seen him reading this book again.
What I really like is how this book talks about love, sex and relationships. Puberty is an age where kids start to think about these things differently. And books, like this one, can help them to gain a better understanding.
It explains it very nicely, in a simple way. And the humour makes what can be an awkward topic, much easier.
This is a vintage book but the information is still very relevant.
You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about puberty.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Willies: A User’s Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller is ideal for children between the ages of 9 – 13 years of age.
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