An award-winning writer presents a series of essays in which he examines the likes and dislikes, fears and attractions, hopes and worries of boys everywhere, as well as the nature of courage, heroism, and maturity. Reprint. C. H. K. PW.
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Grade 7 Up-This talented author's latest effort is a series of eight insightful and witty essays that look into particular characteristics that tend to be inherent to males in general and boys in specific. While Brooks presents his observations and theories in a convincing and entertaining manner, the book will have trouble finding an audience. He foreshadows this fact in his first chapter addressed To Boys: "You will notice that some of these essays are written directly to you, while others seem to be addressing adults..." A number of the perils of adolescence are succinctly described and analyzed, including bullies, verbal taunting, and even body odor. Seemingly minor issues that are important to young males, such as wearing caps and the need to win at all cost no matter how small the engagement are addressed. Of particular interest to librarians and other educators is an essay entitled "Real Boys Read Books," in which some interesting thoughts on the reading habits of young males are put forth. A rather long discourse on why hockey is a better sport than football allows Brooks to make an effective argument but seems out of place. The book is definitely worthy of purchase for those who live and work with adolescent males, but will boys read it? No way, man.
Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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A former boy, and now father of two more, offers some quirky essays on the inner life of the young American male, explaining why so many of them talk trash to one another, wear sports caps every waking moment, and seem unconcerned--at a certain stage--with masking body odor. Addressing both adults and young people, he assures the former that boys do read books (though they may not advertise the fact), and advises the latter on coping with a dangerous friend. As in his fiction, Brooks shows uncommon insight into what real courage, heroism, and maturity are, with tributes to Arthur Ashe and Bobby Knight; he's also entertaining, dishing up a hilarious tirade against football (``Eight Reasons Why Ice Hockey Kicks Football's Tutu'') and several outrageously sexist comments (e.g., ``Ten Things You Cannot Expect Your Mom to Come Close to Understanding''). When it comes to bullies (``They suck''), though, Brooks loses his sense of humor momentarily and offers some risky advice: ``What to do about bullies: Punch them in the nose. That's the only thing that always works for me.'' A final essay on respect caps off--without quite drawing together--this funny, thoughtful miscellany. (Nonfiction. 11+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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