Wild Success at 10—Admirable or Irritating?

10-Year-Old Bestselling Author Alec Greven

Far be it from us to pay too much attention to the opinions of Howard Stern (the guy is funny from time to time), but he is often thought provoking, if nothing else.

This morning on his show on satellite radio, he discussed 10-year-old author Alec Greven, the young ‘un who wrote How to Talk to Girls, and the newly released How to Talk to Moms and How to Talk to Dads (How to Talk to Santa and How to Talk to Teachers are apparently in the works, and movie rights to How to Talk to Girls were sold recently). If you believe what he says on his show, Stern finds it incredibly irritating that a 10-year-old can have wild success, particularly while so many hardworking adults are having a tough go of things.

In your heart of hearts, what do you think of Alec Greven and his success? We’re inclined to think that the first go was charming, but wonder just how many books can exist in this “How to Talk to” series. Too much exposure too soon could lead to global Greven fatigue.

That said, we guess many parents will be more than willing to shell out for his latest books when he includes advice like this: “Moms like nice notes. When you mess up, write a note and say you are sorry. Moms also like hugs. Give lots of hugs and not just to get what you want.”


Click here to read excerpts from his newest titles, and to see him on the Today Show yesterday morning.

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