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What's Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream? Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical book that ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 1998)
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Katie Pierce
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book to see about potentially including it on a sex ed list for my job. I also reviewed its counterpart for girls "The Period Book." I was not impressed with either. Neither book would feel affirming to a transgender reader, and neither book is written expecting that the child reading might not be cisgender and heterosexual.

This book at least includes short sections on "homosexuality" and "transgender," which is a little weird, cause does the author think that's something only yo
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Susan
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-ya
Overall an excellent book for a tween boy (girls could learn a lot too), and a good opener for parents to start discussions with their sons. It covered topics ranging from body changes/ development, sex, birth control, and what's happening to girls, to open ended "things you might be worried about." It was age appropriate language and style for developing-age boys.

Like some other reviewers, out of 140-ish pages, there were one or two lines that I didn't love. The last chapter asks adult men what
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Stephanie
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great starting point for opening up discussions with our boys. Simple, concrete explanations, with a bit of a sense of humor---makes this feel easy...fingers crossed! Wish us luck!
TheBookWorm🐛 🐛
I really liked this book, some parts of it made me laugh and some parts made me cringe. Also, I really learned a lot from this book (considering I already know a lot) it helped me out a lot.
Stephanie
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
Didn't get a chance to finish this. Make take it out from the library again.
Radiolab
Jul 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Radiolab asked listeners for their sex ed recommendations.

Zach, a Radiolab listener, says, "I started puberty pretty early(around age 9), prior to the start of sex-ed at school. My parents were fairly open about sex, but bought me this book to more thoroughly answer my questions(including the ones I didn't yet have). I enjoyed a lot of it, and did learn a lot about physical changes. While it was useful for understanding what was happening to my body, it was totally useless to my understanding o
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Jen
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Much of the book was ok. I skimmed it so I can't speak to everything. I disagree with some of the authors statements about circumcision. Babies do feel pain and the pain from a circumcision doesn't end as quickly as the authors say it does. I think that with any book like this, it is very helpful to read it with your child so that you can share your own values and beliefs on the topic and use the book as a resource and a place to begin. I checked out several books from the library to help me in ...more
Chrisy Chance
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: good-for-tweens, 2016
I previewed this book to see if it was appropriate for my tween son who has begun asking questions. Overall I feel this book is probably most appropriate for a teenager (13 and above). One passage in this book was odd--it said heterosexual boys masturbating together (or even each other) was not odd...I'm going to have to disagree and my husband violently disagrees. We have zero issue with them discussing the difference between hetero and homo sexual relationships (which they do) but this wasn't ...more
Simon
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boys Teens,
Shelves: teens, puberty
I read this book only to see if there is more information from boys puberty, because also I read other books about puberty. So this book was more information and allot of pictures to understand about growing into man.

Plus this book have who to make babys for real, they have little fact about girls into puberty too if boys are woundering about her. And also there is many questions about boys and they can answere on the book. So this book is fun facts but also it ture boy are growing they are lea
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Laura
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite detailed, informative, and candid book about puberty, sex, and sexuality for tweens and teens, written by a nurse with the assistance of her two sons. It discusses feelings without moralizing. Pretty sound and I'd recommend it. I'd also welcome a new edition that talked about gender and transgender; as one might expect from its original publication date (1998), those are not covered. A bit more surprising is the absence of pornography as a topic. The short section about "meeting people on- ...more
Lisa Gunner
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this one to see if it would be good for my boys that are about to launch into puberty. It was great. It was clear on the science and also clear (for a Mom like me who is socially liberal and not religious, ie Libertarian) on the societal and psychological implications and potential experiences as well. Now if I could only get them to read it!
Charity
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Purchased for my son.) This book gives the boys such thorough information, that I'm going to have my daughter read it in addition to the one she read designed for girls entering/experiencing puberty.
Rebecca
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great primer. I pre-read it, for obvious reasons, and decided it's a good go-to book for my 11 year old. There is one answer to a 'write in' question that raised my eyebrow, but essentially it comes across as helpful, informative and nonjudgmental.
Yanna
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
ESTE LIBRO SE TRATA DE COMO PREVENIR INFECSIONES SEXUALES Y TAMBIEN SE TRATA DE TU CUERPO.ESTE LIBRO ME ENCATA POR QUE TE ALLUDA A COMO PREVENIREL POR EJEMPLO EL HPV.
Amy
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Guys.
HAHA. I was actually reading this after the ELA test we took today. I really like the illustrations by the way. VERY DETAILED.

-amyelizabeth.
Erica
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen boys, parents of teen boys
Recommended to Erica by: Children's Non-Fiction syllabus
Read for a panel presentation in my Children's Non-Fiction class.
Gina
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this before giving it to my 10-year-old son. It was a good opener to the big puberty talk. The best news is my son seemed to enjoy it even more than I did.
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