"How To Talk To Girls"

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
Alec Greven is a 9-year-old boy from Castle Rock, Colo.

He's precocious, compased and an accomplished observer of grammar school culture.

I know this because I met the young man on his book tour.

Yes, book tour, for the soon to be best selling "How To Talk To Girls."

The very wise fourth grader intones on subjects as important as the facts of life; says Alec, "sometimes you get a girl to like you then she ditches you, life is hard move on."

Or in the chapter about crushes; his advice, "whatever happens, just don't act desperate, girls don't like desperate boys."

Where was this guy when I was in the fourth grade? Or when I was 20?

In his chapter titled "There's A Girl For Every Boy" he says this about pretty girls; "use caution, when you see a pretty girl, don't let her tractor beam pull you in."

And listen to this slice of brilliance from the same chapter; "pretty girls are like cars that need a lot of oil."
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