Hair In Funny Places
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Cole is not the shy type. Her Drop Dead cheerfully explored mortality, and her Bad Good Manners Book took a dubious view of etiquette. This picture book, whose cover shows a boy and girl slicing a Continue reading » Take a classic story, substitute a few key ingredients, season freely with silliness and imagination, dress it all up in jaunty illustrations, and what have you got? In the case of Cole's Prince Continue reading »
Girls and boys are always curious and sometimes even alarmed by the behaviour of their bodies as they grow up. This text takes the form of a conversation between a small girl and her teddy bear. It is the behaviour of Mr and Mrs Hormone which is responsible for and plays havoc with the physical and emotional states of girls and boys in puberty. Cole's ( The Trouble with Uncle ) latest creation is Supermoo, a heroic heifer determined to protect Earth. Like Superman, the cape-wearing bovine flies with ease, but she also takes certain cues Continue reading » Cole (Mommy Laid an Egg) uses a medical pretext to indulge fans of scatological jokes in this off-color, disjointed tale. Things begin innocently enough: the Gumboyle family's dog is not only their Continue reading » Two children explain to their parents, using their own drawings, where babies come from. Suggested level: preschool, junior, primary. In the flippant, whimsical style familiar to Cole aficionados, the story of Cupid encompasses the reader in a world of gods come to earth. The obsession of Cupid's mother with beauty--and beauty Continue reading »Mom wears funny pointed hats with rats riding on the brim, and when she makes cupcakes they explode, which the neighborhood kids love, and their parents hate. In fact, they forbid their children to Continue reading » This facts-of-life book has become a classic, despite its controversial subject matter. Cole firmly believed in children's right to knowledge about their own bodies and the accompanying pictures are never vulgar. Etiquette experts seldom dwell on the uproarious consequences of carelessness. Cole (Dr. Dog), on the other hand, considers chaos the spice of life. In a singsongy voice, the author lectures her Continue reading »
Partisans of ponydom will welcome this characteristically zany picture book by Cole ( Tarzanna ; Supermoo ), as usual replete with abrupt plot twists. Winni, pressured by her vegetarian parents to Continue reading »
As it turns out, it is the behaviour of the wonderfully depicted Mr. and Mrs. Hormone that plays havoc with the physical and emotional states of girls and boys between, roughly, eight to eighteen years. The book is bound to be controversial but Babette Cole has never taken the conventional path and her readers love her for her outrageous approach to little-mentioned topics.
PreS-Gr 2-In this fine translation of Cole's Truelove (London, Jonathan Cape Ltd., 2001), a family pet is displaced by the arrival of a new baby. The situation is fully framed from the pet's point Continue reading » It can be used to have or start conversations with kids about growth and changes ( physical and emotional), body positivity , consent and safety, reproduction.. esp when kids starts to ask questions about hair distribution... body differences between male and female , and adult and child ... and they are curious about how babies are made... The illustrations are silly but show teenage girls and boys in their various stages of development in appropriate ways, and while Cole's occasionally gleeful depiction of naked bodies might raise a few adult eyebrows, children will be sure to laugh out loud. Hair in Funny Places is an excellent basic introduction for young, pre-pubescent boys and girls alike, which does much to normalise the experience and pave the way for future discussions. How much you, as a parent, seek to expand on the topic is then up to you.Brainy and bespectacled rat Ethelyn, an aspiring brain surgeon, earns the respect of her fellow ``ratlettes'' in a fast-paced tale especially helpful to those adjusting to a new school. When Ethelyn Continue reading » One half of the book is filled with questions commonly asked by girls entering puberty, and the other half with questions asked by boys. "If you can only afford one book on puberty for this age group, this is the one to have.