Karen Gravelle

Selected Works

About as user-friendly as a book can get. A definite keeper. Chinaberry
An excellent book, with lots of great cartoon artwork. Booklist
An outstanding, common-sense guide [that is] also humorous and appealing. School Library Journal
The stylish, lighthearted text and whimsical illustrations will appeal readily to teens. VOYA
We need more contemporary books like this. Booklist
Will help bring out the animal lover in any reader. Booklist
A dramatic, eye-opening portrayal. Booklist
A source of comfort that gives shape to the devastation of personal loss. Booklist
An important, heartfelt, honest book. Booklist

What's Going On Down There? A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up

*New York Public Library: Books for the Teen Age, 1997

Publishers Weekly
Addresses boys' questions about pimples, masturbation, girls' bodies, birth control, and penis size. The warm, humorous tone is reassuring as well as informative. Goofy, sometimes explicit cartoons marshall discomfort into laughter.

An excellent book, with lots of great cartoon artwork that adds fine comedy without compromising the importance of the subject.

The Horn Book Magazine
While girls have been well served in recent years by such helpful titles as Gravelle's own Period Book, boys have had little else than the co-ed It's Perfectly Normal to find answers to their most intimate -- not to mention embarrassing -- questions. Gravelle (and her two teenage "advisors") takes a forthright approach to such topics as puberty, penis size, maturbation, sexual intercourse, reproduction, and STD's. The tone is candid and the advice objective. Diagrams are helpful, and cartoons lighten the mood.