What's Happening to Me?: The Answers to Some of the World's Most Embarrassing Questions

What's Happening to Me?: The Answers to Some of the World's Most Embarrassing Questions

by Peter Mayle

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For more than twenty years, the bestselling team behind Where Did I Come From? has helped millions of parents, children and young adults talk about the facts of life in a straightforward yet lighthearted way. What’s Happening to Me? offers an honest, humorous and sympathetic explanation of the physical and emotional changes occurring during adolescence, answering the questions that kids ask most often.
Why is my chest getting bumpy? What's a wet dream?
What's a period?  Why is my voice acting so funny?
Why do I get pimples? What's an erection?
Why am I getting hairy? Why is mine not like his?
Enough strange and wonderful things happen to all of us during puberty to fill a book. So here it is - the book that answers some of the big questions, and explains some of the big changes. One look at the illustrations will tell you that this is not a dull medical textbook. But it does present the facts of life during puberty, and it presents them with honesty, sympathy and a sense of humor. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780818407956
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business before escaping in 1975 to write books, including his bestselling "A Year in Provence "and "Toujours Provence". His work has been translated into seventeen languages and he has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines. He lives with his wife in Provence.

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"What's Happening To Me?"

By Peter Mayle, Arthur Robins


Copyright © 2016 Peter Mayle
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8184-0795-6


Everybody goes through it. Nobody talks about it.

Don't let anyone fool you.

People say that your childhood and school days are about the happiest times of your life. That's not altogether true.

The years between ten and fourteen may be a lot of fun. But physically, they'll probably be among the most puzzling years of your life.

That's because you're turning from a child into a young adult. Big changes are taking place, both in your mind and your body.

When they start to happen, it may be hard for you to understand and adjust to them. What makes it harder is that nobody talks about them very much.

Your parents may have forgotten what it was like to be your age and to have your problems. Teachers are often too busy teaching school to explain. And your friends (who may try to act sophisticated) usually don't know any more than you do.

This book can be very helpful to you.

It won't solve all your problems or even answer all your questions. But when you're through reading it, you should know a lot more about what's happening to you. And be a lot better prepared to cope with it.

We've tried to touch all the important bases. But if you still have unanswered questions, talk to people you can trust.

They can help. And you'll find if you're not embarrassed about asking the questions, they won't be embarrassed about giving you the answers.

All the changes you're going through and will go through are quite normal. They're nothing to be ashamed of, and certainly nothing to be afraid of.

Remember that. Remember, too, that you're not the only one who has ever gone through this difficult time.

It happened to your parents. It happened to your heroes.

Most movie stars have had pimples. The best football player in the world probably worried when he was a boy because he didn't have much hair on his chest. And some of the most beautiful women were very homely as little girls.

Despite that, they all came through it pretty well. So will you.

Why you change.

The main reason you change is very simple. Nature changes you from a child into an adult so you can mate and reproduce the human species.

In other words, so that you can have children of your own.

The instinct to reproduce is common to all living things, from fleas to flowers to elephants.

But it would be bad organization on nature's part if you could start having babies when you were only five or six years old. (Imagine. You could be a grandparent at the age of twelve.)

So nature waits.

She begins the process sometime during the years between ten and thirteen. These years, called the puberty years, are very busy ones for both your mind and your body. Many of the biggest changes in your life begin to take place now.


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What's Happening to Me? 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'am 13 1/2 years old and my mom gave this book to me when I was about 11 or so.Now I know what I'am going through.It answered most of my questions on what I would be growing into.This book will teach young teens about puberty.I recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my neighbor who is a single father with a daughter. He gave it to her and she said it answered almost all her questions. The book is recomended for ages 9-12 I strongly recommend giving it to children at age nine to help prepare them for what is to come.
Bratchild More than 1 year ago
Very informational. I bought it for my children before puberty so that when puberty does come they will not be embarrassed or shocked at what's going on. As a mom of boys I wasn't sure how to talk about the embarrassing stuff, but this book definatly helps. It talks about everything from pimples, to sweating, to wet dreams, and erections. I love that it opens the door to talk about things I would normally be way too embarrassed to discuss with my boys! Not only does it give information about boys, but it also gives information about girls, so that either or can read it and if they would like to understand what the opposite sex is going through too they can read about them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My step father who is a therapist gave me this book when I was about 10 years old and experiencing puberty. I was very confused and embarrassed by what was happening to my body and this book was exactly what I needed. I am 36 now and recommend this book to all of my friends who are parents. Its written in a way children can grasp the information without being too clinical. Its a little silly with cartoon characters but for me it was a wonderful tool. I think parent discussions should accompany reading the book but this book makes the conversations easier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sent to us by mistake. We have no problem talking to our children about sex and changes in their body, and we found the cartoons in this book to be more embarrassing that than the subject. One carton showed a woman naked and the caption stated that she could be a blond and a brunette at the same time. Come on, really! They were tasteless and crude. You would be better off getting a health book if you are having trouble talking to your children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother bought this book for me when I was very young. It is one of the most memorable books I had ever read. I had it as a small child and I read it all the time. The book is really cute and the pictures are hilarious. It really demystified everything. They have a chart showing the growing male and female body, I used to look at it all the time, to see what the future had to hold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that you shouldn't be on this page then if you think this is inappropriate!! Its the circle of life people. Im frikin 13 and i am more mature than you. Thats sad. And i actually behave better than you also you are kinda sexist because women should know about themselves whether its "unholy" or not. And two guys taking shower together?? Who cares! People, gay is not a choice. Its what god made. Its a choice of hapiness. And honestly what effect does it have on u?? Macy (Ce-Ce)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was factual and direct. That may make some parents nervous, but hey that's why you're buying a book isn't it? I read it before giving to my boys and it helped me frame up some of the difficult topics....that my parents never talked about to me....but wish they had. In the end, it really depends on your approach to parenting if you find this book helpful or not and that correlation with how open you are with your kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hmmmm......... at least it's educational..... And when your older, it sure make you laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Peter Mayle has written another informative book about puberty. The illustrations are humorous and they minimize the embarrassment that might arise out of a parent-child discussion on the topic. I listed this title within the bibiliography of my book as recommended reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you should already know what is happening to ur body and embarasing stories are really kind of obviously embarassing.so there is no point in writing this book i hated it and i will never read it to my child again..also my poor little daughter cried wen i read her this book cuz she felt so embarassed for the kids this happened to so dont write any other books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was appaled when I saw this book in the children's section. This book encourages kids to have premarital sex. Boys in the shower together, it is horrible. I can't beleive B&N would have this on a display shelf in the kids section!