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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 18 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061243582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061243585
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. Dobson on March 4 2007
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I was pleasantly suprised when I purchased this book for my nephew for Christmas and found myself, and all the other men in our family, passing the book around. The beauty of this book is that it contains topics for boys of all ages. Everything from tips on girls, the rules of cricket, and a description of the seven wonders of the world, it is a book that you can find useful at any stage of life. Humorous and informative, it is a treasure trove of trivia and a truly unique gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Scott on Feb. 18 2007
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The perfect book for all boys who can read - "8 to 80" is pushing it though, it IS a book for BOYS, one can only hope the 80 year old is buying for his grandson! My small son loves it and I expect he'll continue find more to like as he gets older. Hilarious in parts - the Iggulden brothers are disarmingly frank with admission of their own errors as they were "researching" the book - and the section on girls rings with wisdom at the same time as being laugh-out-loud funny. Some great experiments and projects mixed in with a history best-of (battles, kings, etc), sport, and some basic how-tos of games & activities. The closest thing to it that I had as a kid was perhaps my scout manual, but this is way less dry and considerably more dangerous... Great for summer day and rainy weekend inspiration; a cracking, hugely worthwhile tome; kudos to the authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. on Nov. 29 2007
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This book not only shows you how to do cool stuff your dad and grandfather did when they were kids, but explains a lot of things that kids everywhere wonder about. It's like a boy scout manual, but without all the meetings and uniforms. Some of the stuff is silly but cool, but other things are really useful to know, especially the first aid information. (You could save somebody's life!) On the other hand, a few things are somewhat dangerous like the book title says, such as the slingshot and bow and arrow. Oh well- at least you'll know first aid to treat any wounds! (Just kidding!) I would say all kids should read this book.

Also read: The Giver, An Audience for Einstein
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2 2007
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Put together all of your cub scout and boy scout manuals, your favorite books about masculine activities, and your favorite memories about growing up as a boy, and you'll find them all somewhere in The Dangerous Book for Boys. In addition, you'll find answers to questions you've always wondered about . . . written at a boy's level of understanding.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Arthurs-jones on June 21 2013
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What a wonderful collection of skills and trouble for a child to get into. Like a great manual of playtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 16 2012
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This is a fun kids book. I think we bought it too early for our son (he was 8), but the ideas are cool. It is big and very substantial. FUN FUN FUN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nicholson on Sept. 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
"I didn't have this book when I was a boy" That quote from the book is very true. But that isn't a bad thing about this book, because this book either remind's off things you did as a child or tells you things you should have done or learnt. It's the perfect book of information and the only book you will ever need.
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"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steamduck43 on Feb. 11 2010
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I had a hard time finding the original UK version. I haven't really had time to read it yet, but it looks as good as I had expected. I love the period-style binding; it really looks like something from the 1910's. I plan to buy the American version for my grand-nephew.
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