How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up

How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up

by Catherine Newman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635861822
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 11,749
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of Waiting for Birdy, Catastrophic Happiness, and One Mixed-Up Night, and the coauthor of Stitch Camp. She is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award–winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. Newman has contributed to publications including the New York TimesO the Oprah Magazine, and Parents. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her at

Table of Contents

Becoming Your Best Self
Other Beings: How to Care for the People, Pets, and Plants in Your Life
Saying It Right: How to Be Kind and Get Your Point Across
Dirty Things: How to Clean and Care for Your Home
Edible Food: How to Make Meals and Find Your Way around the Kitchen
You're Wearing That?: How to Clean and Care for Your Clothes
Your Two Cents: How to Get, Give, and Spend Money
Useful Skills: How to Do Basic Important Things
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