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Sunday 27 September 2015

Review: Being a Boy

Everyone has questions as puberty looms, but who do you trust enough to ask? What if your mates think you’re crazy? And who knows what loony has posted that stuff on the Internet?

James Dawson knows his stuff and he’s funny. His words, together with Spike Gerrell’s cartoons lighten the load. Any question goes and no one is judged for it. From surviving your bodily changes and the social scene to being a boyfriend, sexting and porn, James actually does cover it all.

There are facts about relationships, foreplay, contraception, even celibacy. You get diagrams of your bits as well as women’s and pictures of condoms and how they work. Mixed in with the facts, though, are slightly witty, but down to earth slogans that hit home. Here’s one example: ‘The unclean peen must never be seen.’ Seriously.

This is a really useful starting place for those kazillion questions a boy might have but never dare to ask.

Warning: Some of the contents of Being a Boy might shock, and I’m not talking about your parents. Handle with care, read it all then find someone to talk with about it.

Title: Being a Boy
Author: James Dawson
Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Red Lemon Press, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781700018342
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult Non-Fiction