Thursday, January 23, 2020

"How To Be A Person" - a bookwrap


"How To Be A Person" 
Authored/ Illustrated by Catherine Newman

* Ages:  10-14
* Grade Level:  5-9
* Paperback/ebook:  160 pages
* Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC
* Pub. Date:  May 26, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

“Catherine Newman has created a starting place for loving, productive conversations about independence, competence, and kindness.”— Jessica Lahey, best-selling author of The Gift of Failure

“Kids will delight in this witty, clear, and fun-to-read handbook. And parents will rejoice in having Catherine Newman as a wise and warm partner in teaching our children nearly everything they should know — but don’t want to hear about from us!” — Dr. Lisa Damour, best-selling author of Untangled 

Unwrapping Some Content/ Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book 

I love this book!  This 160 page wonder contains 65 hugely, useful, super-important skills to learn before kids are grown up.  The author  has created a must-read for ages 10-14, and some adults too.  The book presents valuable advice to kids before they enter into adulthood. 

The author offers an amazing manual... how to become a person whom everyone will love and want to emulate.  Here are the topics that are covered:

* Becoming Your Best Self, 6
* Other Beings:  How to Care for the People, Pets and Plants in your Life, 9
* Saying It Right:  How to be Kind and Get Your Point Across, 33
* Dirty Things:  How to  Clean and Care for Your Home
* Edible Food:  How to Make Meals and Find Your Way Around the Kitchen, 79
* You're Wear That? :  How to Clean and Care for Your Clothes, 101
* Your Two Cents:  How to Get, Give, and Spend Money, 123
* Useful Skills: How to Do Basic Important Things, 14
* Thank You, 160

The cartoon-style illustrations greatly enrich the message of the book.  Newman gives valuable advice which she sprinkles with humour and without parental nagging. Kids will learn basic life skills and life lessons and the proper way to do them.  The book explains how to write a thank you note, a condolence card, use a screwdriver, be caring and kind, how to vacuum a room, use a debit card, pack for a trip, wrap a present, build a fire, and do housework,  just to name a few. It states these skills not in a preachy way, but in a practical, helpful way that most kids can accomplish.  

This book will boost a child's confidence and self-esteem.   It informs the reader in a playful, easy, and understandable way.  "How To Be A Person" would be great in every middle-school classroom and in each school library.  I highly, highly recommend this wonderful book!  

Storywraps Rating - 5 ++++ HUGS!!!!!
( yep, I really did like it )

Meet the Author/ Illustrator

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoirs Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy, as well as the food and parenting blog Ben and Birdy, and she edits the non-profit kids' cooking magazine ChopChop. She is also the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. Her first middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night, will be published by Random House in fall of 2017. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her website at

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