Alec Greven, the author, is nine years old and is in the fourth grade. He's pictured here
picking up talking to a couple of girls during his book tour (seriously!).
It started off as a $3 pamphlet that he sold at his school book fair. Now, it's available on Amazon and bookstores everywhere. It's ranked #1052 at Amazon as of this writing, which is extremely good since it has only been out for less than a week.
Some of his advice:
The fourth-grader from Castle Rock, Colo., advises Lothario wannabes to stop showing off, go easy on the compliments to avoid looking desperate – and be wary of "pretty girls."
"It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry," he writes in Chapter Three.
"Pretty girls are like cars that need a lot of oil."
He advises, "The best choice for most boys is a regular girl. Remember, some pretty girls are coldhearted when it comes to boys. Don't let them get to you."
Right. Why would I want pretty girls getting to me?
Alec isn't dating anyone right now. He thinks he's too young to date:
Dating – which he defines as going out to dinner without your parents – is for "kind of old" people, who are 15 or 16.
An excerpt from Chapter 3, titled Crushes, reads, "It is very hard to get a girl to like you. Sometimes it takes years to get a girl to like you. Girls can get crushes on boys. (Tip: How to get a girl to like you, talk to them and get to know them.) Sometimes show off your skills, like playing soccer. Anything that you are good at."
His classmates are now trying to ride the cash cow:
Savannah Morris and Kamaryn Evans will be working on, "How to Talk to Boys" while Sarah Hertig was motivated in a different way. Her piece of work will be entitled, "How to Get on a Boys Nerves."
Way to go, Sarah.
Anyway, you can see parts of Alec's book here.
And yes, he has a follow-up due out next March: "How To Talk To Moms"