How to be a Person by Catherine Newman | Storey Publishing {Book Review}

Catherine Newman

How to Be a Person65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up


Book Summary:

For the kid who leaves a wet towel wadded up on the floor or forgets to put a new roll on the toilet-paper thingy, humorous writer and etiquette columnist Catherine Newman has created the ultimate guidebook to becoming a person whom everyone will like being around more. Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — this book shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable — and they’ll like themselves better, too! They’ll learn how to deal with dirty rooms, care for pets and cactuses, stick up for somebody, and fold a T-shirt. They’ll even get a crash course on using the kitchen (including how to turn a 33-cent package of ramen into dinner) and a boot camp for lending a hand outside the house (mowing, shoveling, and fixing something loose has never been easier). This handbook to becoming beyond helpful promises that every kid can be a valued and valuable member of the grown-up world.

Publication Date:

May 26th, 2020


Children’s Non-fiction

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My Review:

 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up

How to Be a Person by Catherine Newman is such a gem!! I requested this book to review because we have been talking (a lot) with our almost 10-year-old about basic yet important life tasks lately. And after spending the last 3 months will our kids 24/7, I can tell you there is plenty for them to learn, LOL.

As parents, we are quickly realizing just how many things we will be guiding our kids through during the next stage of parenting life with tweens and teens…While the physical demands of daily parenting are much different from the baby and toddler years, the amount of emotional energy that goes into this stage of parenthood is intense, and it can feel a little daunting!

Catherine Newman

I love that these simple yet important life skills are covered in a simple and easy to consume manner. This book is filled with tips and tricks and has a perfect balance of information and humor. I found it was an enjoyable read and our son found that the writing was accessible and relatable.

How to Be a Person covers a wide array of topics like how to take care of houseplants, implement a money management system, creating a simple and balanced meal, and how to write a condolence card. I was super excited to add a hard copy to our home library (I pre-ordered it last fall!!) and I basically squealed with excitement when it arrived in the mail this week.

Catherine Newman book

I know this book will come in handy for years to come and highly recommend it to anyone parenting kids from elementary school to college years…and if you want more feedback about this one, check out the other amazing 5-star reviews!

Thank you to Storey Publishing for the advanced galley in exchange for an honest review.

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