When a little girl asks her teddy bear about growing up, she gets the whole answer. Told with lighthearted frankness, this humorous look at growing up takes the mystery out of puberty and the fear out of an often embarrassing subject.
"Gr. 3^-5, younger with an adult. Cole, who looked at reproduction in her humorous picture book Mommy Laid an Egg (1992), uses a similar approach to explain puberty. When a little girl asks her teddy bear about growing up, she learns all about Mr. and Mrs. Hormone, the nasty stuff they pump through adolescents' bodies, and the disturbing effect the stuff can have--even on people like her own parents. The picture-book format, with large print and bright, lively, cartoon watercolor illustrations (several of which show anatomically correct nudes), vies somewhat with the subject matter. Also, the text mentions menstruation and ejaculation. Some young children may even find the monstrous Hormone family more frightening and confusing than amusing, and the book is sure to spark some laughs from the older kids. Even so, parents comfortable with candor may want to use this as an introduction to a "birds and bees" talk, a chat about what's happening to an older sibling, or as a comical springboard to books for older children, such as Robie Harris' well-detailed It's Perfectly Normal (1997). Certainly the ultimate message here is positive: without hormones and adult sexuality, the little girl in the story would never have been born. --Catherine Andronik"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Brandishing her outrageously sly sense of humor, Cole (Mommy Laid an Egg) tweaks the topic of puberty in all of its glory, with predictably boisterous results. Here, in response to a girl's query to her teddy bear about the process of growing up, she whips up "Mr. and Mrs. Hormone" and their dog, a vile little trio who "live inside you" and "mix the potions that turn children into adults." Typical of Cole's no-holds-barred approach, the girl's parents are used as examples ("your mom sprouted small bosoms and hair in funny places"). She touches briefly on everything from menstruation ("She found a tiny drop of blood in her underpants") to acne and body odor ("He wanted to kiss the girls but Mr. and Mrs. Hormone had made him pimply and smelly"), erections ("Inside his penis, Mr. Hormone was lurking with another dollop of the mixture. This made it grow big and small whenever it wanted") and nocturnal emissions ("some sticky stuff actually came out"). The watercolors are equally candid, and the gleeful depictions of naked bodies may raise adults' eyebrows but children will laugh out loud. Cole's madcap style leaves no room for embarrassment; it could pave the way for more informative discussions between kids and adults. Ages 7-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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-- Juvenile literature.
|| New York :Hyperion Books for Children,2000
||1st U.S. ed.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm