am 6. Mai 2000
Maybe it isn't that there's anything outright wrong with thisbook -- it just doesn't stand up to its competition. There's nothingpresented in "What's the Big Secret?" that isn't presented better, or more clearly, in "It's Perfectly Normal" or "It's So Amazing" (both by Robie Harris), for example.
The illustrator is Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur cartoons, and I like his work there. Here, though, his illustrations seem just a bit *too* cartoonish to be taken seriously.
am 16. Oktober 1999
The light tone of this book helps make the topic a little less serious - but instead of being funny, it's overly cute and tiresome. The pages are cluttered with cartoonish drawings, and there's not enough content to make it stand out on a shelf with other books of its kind. Kirkus Reviews suggests that "the book errs by providing both too much information and too little," with complicated descriptions of physiology, but not enough explanation of coitus or ejaculation.