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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Danny Fishback lives with his dad, mom, and sister Onya, and he likes doing a lot of things outside. Though his thoughts are deep, he is good-natured. His sister Onya is different from him. She is dainty, kind, and articulate, and knows how to talk about everything, from science to baking. Danny enjoys the time he spends with his dad and though he does not say much, Danny's teachers think he is smart and he excels in math and science, technology, and art. Kenny McAbee also has a sister who thinks like him. Though they are very different from each other, they get along well and have a great love for each other. Kenny spends the summer months climbing trees and having loads of fun. Both the boys come from loving families and though unique they have some commonalities.
It's About The Boys! Getting from Boyhood to Manhood by Patrice Lee is a fascinating story narrated by two boys, Danny and Kenny, who tell readers, especially boys, that it is okay to be boisterous, and give glimpses of their journey from boyhood to manhood. The book highlights the boys' left-brain thinking and demonstrates ways to increase productivity in and out of the classroom. The story focuses on the importance of a loving and peaceful family and the boy facts and girl facts shared in the book are ideal to understand the developmental differences between boys and girls. The book gives good support to families where boys are being brought up without their dads and the many energy channeling solutions from the examples given will come in handy. The exercises at the end of the book are good and make the transition from boyhood to manhood smooth and easy. Francesco Paolo Ardizzone's illustrations add color and brightness and make the story captivating to readers. It is a good book for parents and tutors to use at home and in classrooms for read-aloud sessions to help children understand the importance of living in a peaceful family.