The Dangerous Book for Boys (US edition) Hardcover – Apr 18 2007
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Grade 4-8–Intentionally old-fashioned and politically incorrect, this eclectic collection addresses the undeniable boy-appeal of certain facts and activities. Dozens of short chapters, in fairly random order, cover a wide range of topics in conversational prose. Simple instructions for coin tricks and paper airplanes alternate with excerpts from history such as Famous Battles and facts about ancient wonders of the world and astronomy. The dangerous aspect is more apparent in such chapters as Making Cloth Fireproof, and Hunting and Cooking a Rabbit, but also applies to the overall premise that action is fun and can be worth the risks. A section on stickball, for instance, includes advice to possibly flee the vicinity in the event of a broken window. The information is appropriately concise. The knot-tying section, for example, sticks to five basic varieties with clear instructions and useful diagrams. Occasional topics such as Marbling Paper and Latin Phrases Every Boy Should Know may not fit the stereotypical interests of young males, but support the general theme of cultivating curiosity. The authors refer to their own experiences as they tested the activities, lending an appealing personal tone. Tongue-in-cheek humor emerges throughout, notably in eight bits of advice offered in the chapter called Girls. Already a best seller in England, this American edition features several adjustments, such as substituting The Declaration of Independence for Patron Saints of Britain. Both premise and content should appeal to many boys, and might be even more successful when nostalgic dads join in.–Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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Praise for 'The Dangerous Book for Boys' HB. 'The perfect handbook for boys and dads.' Daily Telegraph 'Full of tips on how to annoy your parents'. Evening Standard 'An old-fashioned compendium of information on items such as making catapults and knot-tying...the end of the PlayStation may have been signalled.' The Times 'Just William would be proud. A new book teaching boys old-fashioned risky pursuits...has become a surprise bestseller.' Daily Mail 'If you want to know how to make crystals, master NATO's phonetic alphabet...and build a workbench, look no further.' Time OutSee all Product Description
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As I read pages about tying knots, forming and launching paper airplanes, picking out a Swiss army knife, heat at the equator, making a bow and arrows, understanding grammar, making timers and tripwires, reading U.S. Naval flag codes, creating and decoding ciphers, forming crystals, learning to juggle, practicing first aid, star charts of constellations, and famous battles, I was once again eight years old. I didn't know it was possible, but my body felt smaller and suppler. I could remember where I'd first learned about all of those things, in many cases remembering what I hadn't thought of in decades.
As a connection to the younger generation, this book is marvelous because you can create a common territory beyond the borders of video games, MP3 files, and exotic sports. In addition, you can relate to you young friend or relative your own experiences in these areas, fields that young people don't know how to visit otherwise.
After you've looked at this book, I'm sure you'll agree with me that every boy deserves the chance to add this learning and these experiences to his boyhood.
I'm sure there will be another edition of this book someday. When it comes out, Mr. Iggulden, please do me a favor and include a section on the rules of cricket. I've never been able to completely follow that game. Then, you'll have made my second childhood perfect.
With this book you can find out so much information and do so much from it. You can either read for the information or re-live your childhood with the bits on knots, games and go-karts.You can even give it to your children (if you have any) for an easy to work things out, guide (think of my starting sentance when I say this). If not you can join in with your children and relive your childhood with them.
It's a great thing and as I quoted "I didn't have this book when I was a boy"
In my opinion this book is a gem and every boy should have it!
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This is a great book for my 7 year old! My husband probably likes just as much!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
May be suitable for some boys,but not the one I had in mind.I was attracted by the authors name !Published 22 days ago by cook
It's a very interesting book. It has all sort of different subjects and information that you wouldn't think of sharing with your child. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a gift for my grandson and it was rated as "gently used" however the book was badly beaten up.....had damage to the cover's binding..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gloria
I think the head line tells all.if that's your kinda thing this is for you. I hope this book saves a fue kids from video games and cell phonesPublished 5 months ago by Dudley Davidson
Heard lots about this book and it really is a neat gift (as we used it for). Would definately buy it again...Published 10 months ago by Ddsjlsm